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    Epcot DiveQuest Dive Plan

    Epcot DiveQuest Dive Plan




    Disney's Epcot DiveQuest is a dive done in a 200 foot wide, 25 feet deep aquarium tank, and one of the most popular dives in Central Florida. This 6 million gallon aquarium is separated from the outside world by a mere 8 inch thickness of glass! The 77 degree Caribbean Coral Reef themed aquarium features more than 60 species of marine life including dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, rays and a multitude of multi-colored tropical fish. The aquarium is located in Disney's Epcot theme park, and is divable by advance booking only. All divers must be open water certified and at least 10 years of age to participate. Divers ages 10 to 14 must have a SCUBA-certified adult to accompany them.



    Address:
    1975 E Buena Vista Dr,
    Orlando, FL 32830

    Phone:
    Call (407) 939-8687 to reserve your spot. Advance booking is essential!


    Opening hours:
    DiveQuest is open to scuba divers at designated slots only, with advance arrangement, from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Dive slots are 1630 and 1730. The slot includes a backstage tour of the aquarium, and then a 40 minute dive in the tank. Total tour time is 3 hours.


    Driving directions from Dayo Scuba Dive Center: (Drive time: 1 hours)

    1. Leave the dive center and turn left (south) on Executive Dr toward Gay Road.
    2. Turn left at Gay Rd
    3. Right onto N Orlando Ave/US 17-92.
    4. Turn right at W Fairbanks Ave/FL-424A/FL-426, and continue to towards I-4, make a slight right to merge onto I-4 W.
    5. Take Exit 68 onto South Apopka Vineland Road(SR-535 N) toward Lake Buena Vista/Winter Garden, and take this road for 0.50 miles.
    6. Turn left on Hotel Plaza Blvd for 0.9 miles
    7. Turn right on East Buena Vista Drive for go 0.8 miles
    8. Make a U-Turn at Disney Vacation Club Way onto East Buena Vista Drive for 0.4 miles
    9. Epcot is on the right.

    Several Exits from I-4 will get you onto the Disney Property, Epcot is very well signposted.


    Admission Fee:
    Admission is $175 per diver, which must be paid in full beforehand. The dive fee is non refundable and non transferable.

    All scuba diving equipment is provided and included in the cost; to avoid cross-contamination, Epcot DiveQuest doesn't allow divers to bring ANY of their own dive gear other than your own personal mask and watch.

    Theme park admission is not required or included in the price.

    Parking is usually included in the dive price, let them know as you drive in that your are visiting Epcots DiveQuest, and they will direct you to the parking lot.


    Normal Arrival Time:
    For the dive, you must meet at Guest Relations outside the theme park to the left of the main Epcot gate 30 minutes before your tour start time. Divers must present their certification card to check in. You will be sized up for your wetsuit and BC, and give them your shoe size.


    Amenities available at DiveQuest:
    - Showers, towels and shampoo
    - Refreshments after your dive
    - Gift shop


    Diving Epcot Living Seas:
    After the divers are checked in, they are treated to a backstage tour of the Living Seas Exhibit. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and personable, and give all sorts of interesting info and facts about the day to day operations of the aquarium (for example, the water in the aquarium is the same water since it was opened in 1976, its constantly recycled!). Divers can visit the kitchens where they do the food preparation for the animals and the isolation pools containing the manatees and dolphins.

    Liability forms are filled in and a detailed safety briefing and orientation to the rules of the aquarium is given. Each divers gear is prepared by the staff, and wetsuits are hung in lockers in the changing rooms. After the divers change into their wetsuits, they get a tour of what the "regular" Living Seas visitors see......looking across into the tank at the fish. For the dive, the divers are led to the top of the tank, where scuba gear is laid out and waiting for them.

    A dive briefing is given before the dive, and the actual dive itself lasts 40 minutes. After the dive, dry towels are given to all the divers, another backstage tour, and then divers can shower and change. To finish up the tour, divers are treated to refreshments as they fill in their log books, and watch the DVD the videographer make of the divers.

    Unfortunately there is no photography allowed in the backstage areas and in the actual aquarium itself. The DVD that the staff makes can be purchased for an additional fee.

    Pre-dive Safety Check:
    The divemasters will ensure that everyone has a buddy, and they will guide the entire dive, it is very important that you follow the divemasters instructions. There are also safety divers in the water to watch over the group. It is a very well run and efficient affair.

    All buddy pairs should do a predive safety check on the platform to make sure that regulators and inflators are working, and there are no leaks. Also, make sure you go over your buddies gear, and have your buddy go over your gear to make sure you are both familiar with each others equipment. The divemasters will double check that your air is on, and attend to any gear issues.


    Entry and Exit:
    Entry into and out of the tank is very easy, simply walk down the steps into waist deep water onto the platform. The scuba gear is all lined up for the divers, the divemasters will call down divers in groups, and the gear is lined up in that order. They will help you don your gear (if necessary), and after you put your fins and mask on, you are (almost) ready to go.

    After your dive, swim up to the waist deep platform, and remove your scuba gear. The divemasters will take the gear from you, and they will take care of everything else for you.


    Water temperature and condition:

    The water temp is a constant 77F all year round. Epcot provides 3mm shorty wetsuits for all the divers, these are quite adequate for the dive.



    The visibility is in the Living Seas aquarium is 100+ feet.


    What you can expect to see:


    The living seas is a Caribbean Coral Reef themed aquarium, with more than 60 different species of marine life, including dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, rays, starfish, angelfish, barracuda, spadefish, and groupers.


    As well as the BIG animals (several hundred pound groupers and turtles, there are also some very large rays. These animals are well used to scuba divers, make sure you swim close to them, so the videographer can get some good video footage!


    What is also great fun is swimming up to the viewing areas to look out at the other visitors, people walking around, and also people sitting in the restaurant eating their dinner!

    Environmental Interaction Suggestions:

    PLEASE RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE. Do not harass the fish or turtles! If you are found to be harassing any of the animals in the tank, you will be asked to leave and will not be refunded your money.

    Please keep your buoyancy and trim in check at all times. The more natural you are in the water, the less afraid fish will be of you, so you will have more close up encounters!


    Dive Procedures:

    Maintain visual contact with your buddy and the tour guide/divemaster at all times.

    Generally the tour guide divemaster will give a 20 minute orientation to the tank, and then divers can swim around in their buddy pairs for the rest of the dive, checking out whatever they like. The divemasters and safety divers remain in the water at all time. Dive time is limited to 40 minutes or until divers reach ~500 psi.

    The deepest part in the tank is 27 feet. An aluminum 80 lasts most divers 40 minutes of swimming around.

    Emergency Procedures:

    In case of buddy/team separation, follow standard procedures: look for your buddy for one minute, and if you cannot find your buddy ascend slowly. Due to the incredible visibility and small area, it is not really possible to loose site of other divers in the tank.

    If a diver runs low on air, signal the tour guide or any of the divemasters with the appropriate hand signal and begin your ascent with one of them. They will swim you back to the platform.

    For an unusual out of air emergency, all the divemasters are equipped with spare air bottles, and can bring divers back to the surface.

    Any emergencies will be handled by the well equipped and well trained divemasters on the scene.

    Enjoy your dive, be safe and have fun!

    Dayo Scuba's visit to Epcot DiveQuest:

    The staff at Dayo Scuba visited Epcot DiveQuest on November 6th 2009. Everyone had an amazing time. Here is the link to the DVD the staff shot of us:

    Dayo Scuba Dives Living Seas Aquarium in Epcot, Part One


    Dayo Scuba Dives Living Seas Aquarium in Epcot, Part Two
    Last edited by denise; 10-17-2012 at 02:08 PM.
    Denise Byrne
    Marine Biologist/OW, Tech and Cave Instructor
    denise@dayo.com
    Orlando, Florida

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