UPDATE: Due to the current circumstances with the zoo being closed, we are NOT taking any new experience bookings for the near future. Bookings will resume on our website when the zoo is open again later in the year. Please keep an eye on this page for the latest information. If you have any queries regarding an experience, please contact us on 01803 202470. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

YOU MUST HOLD A DIVING CERTIFICATE and be over 18 years old*

Explore the underwater realm that is our penguin pool and marvel as our African and macaroni penguins dive and play around you. This is only encounter of its kind to be made available to the public in the UK!

You will be joined by our experienced Dive Supervisor and once in the water you will be in the company of some of nature’s best characters – you can even feed them their favourite fish! 

Penguin Dive Experience at Living Coasts from Neil Hope on Vimeo.


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 - Log books signed and receive your certificate pack
11.15 - You are then free to enjoy the view from our cafe and continue to explore the rest of the exhibit above the water and enjoy the day as you wish! 

Your penguin dive 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 why not treat yourself to a well-earned breakfast in our Terrace Bar Café while enjoying the view across the bay. Your ticket gives you entry to Living Coasts for the whole day and there are plenty of interesting feeding talks to learn all about our other residents here.

The Living Coasts Dive Experience package includes the dive, day admission and certificate.

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).


£175 for 1 person (including day entry) or buy 2 for £315.

Dates available:

Thursdays in the months of April | May | July | September | October | December* - please contact 01803 202470 to discuss availability. 
*December dives are temperature dependent.

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.

Participation requirements: 

In order to be eligible to take part in the Living Coasts Dive Experience you must have:
-PADI Open Water Certification or equivalent certification (please contact us if you are unsure)
-Logged at least 10 dives, with at least 1 within the last 12 months
-Be over 18 years old
-Be fit and able to dive
-Completed our Pre-dive Medical Questionnaire*
-Completed the Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding*
-Completed the Statements of Risks and Liability*
*All forms in must be completed and returned to the Dive Supervisor one week before the date booked. Divers will also have to produce their original diving certification (no photocopies) and log book on the day.

What kit you will need to provide:    

  • Wetsuit/dry suit
  • Mask
  • Snorkel (optional)
  • Wetsuit  Boots
  • Gloves and Hood (optional)
  • Towel & Toiletries

What we will provide:

  • BCD and Regs
  • Weights 
  • Tank 
  • Showering facilities
  • Locker  
  • Car park pass

For more information please call 01803 202470 or email [email protected].


Our animal experience gift packs (valid for 12 months from the date of purchase) will be posted out to the customer who purchased the experience, however we can email the voucher to any relevant person if requested. Our gift packs contain:

•    A presentation gift wallet
•    A personalised voucher and itinerary relevant for the experience 
•    A site map

To find out if an experience is available for a specific date, please call us on 01803 202470 before completing your booking and to avoid any disappointment.