Have you ever wanted to dive with penguins? Now you can at Living Coasts!
Explore the underwater realm that is our penguin pool and marvel as the African and macaroni penguins glide through the water around you. This is the first time that this kind of encounter has been made available to the UK public.
The experience starts when you are met by your guide for the day - our dive supervisor. After a short briefing and a document check you will be provided with all of your equipment, then it's time to kit up and get ready to get wet.
Once you are in the water you will find yourself in the company of some of nature's most wonderful characters.
Once the dive has finished enjoy a well earned breakfast in our Terrace Bar Café. After breakfast take a guided tour of the attraction before you are presented with your Dive Experience gift pack.
The Living Coasts Dive Experience package includes admission and breakfast for the diver and one adult guest for the day of the experience.
Although Living Coasts does not guarantee that the penguins will be in the water, we find that the birds are very curious about divers in the tank. In the unlikely event that there aren't any birds in the water during your dive, we will give you the chance to repeat the dive on another day or take part in the afternoon penguin feed (Free of charge).
PLEASE NOTE THAT TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVE YOU MUST HOLD A DIVING CERTIFICATE. Please download our Penguin Dive Experience Information Sheet for full terms and conditions and specific dive requirements.
08:15 - Arrive at Living Coasts, welcome and collect your parking permit for the day
08:30 - Kit out and briefing with Dive Supervisor
09:30 - Dive Commences
10:15 - Dive Finishes
10:30 - Breakfast, log books signed and receive your goody bag
11:15 - After your breakfast you can continue to explore the rest of the exhibit and enjoy the day as you wish
Price: £150 We are booking dates for the next season now which starts from 1st March 2015 until end of October 2015 and take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
If you are buying this for a gift, we can provide a voucher in the gift pack so the recipient can arrange a date themselves, the voucher is valid for 12 months.
"We had an absolutely amazing day diving with the Penguins! Derek is a great dive master and seriously knowledgeable about all of the Living Coasts guests, including the new seal pup! Diving was amazing, the penguins love to play with you and of course eat the fish! Followed by a fantastic Full English Breakfast and then a full private tour. This was really interesting and informative and we could ask Derek anything! None of us wanted to leave. The whole day is an experience we will all never forget! THANK YOU LIVING COASTS!!"
Rach, from Old Harlow, Essex
This little gem was so much more than I expected.
I would recommend this attraction to families visiting the area, and to top it off the Ultimate Hot Chocolate in the cafe upstairs is worth the visit itself!!!
The kids loved their visit and watched the penguins being fed. The talks on the animals are really informative. They have great Seals to see and a massive octopus!