Come dive with us! In this unique program, kids ages eight to 13 are introduced to the underwater world through surface scuba diving. Kids are safely guided by Aquarium leadership-level dive staff in our Great Tide Pool, where they'll meet amazing animals while getting a fish's-eye view of the wonders of the bay. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure!
Please check back later for updates on our 2018 Underwater Explorers program.
8–13 (Child's eighth birthday must occur on or before the day of participation. No age exceptions will be made.)
$95 per person plus admission, general public
$75 per person, Aquarium members
$119 per person plus admission, general public
$95 per person, Aquarium members
Commemorate your dive with an Underwater Explorers t-shirt! Purchase our Underwater Explorers Package and you'll receive a coupon to redeem a t-shirt upon arrival. Children's sizes M, L and XL are available; select sizes are limited. Additional Underwater Explorers t-shirts can be purchased at our Gift & Bookstore.
Our leadership-level dive staff guide and assist the students while introducing them to the animals that call the Great Tide Pool home. All equipment is provided including a dry suit, regulator, air tank and mask. No bathing suit or towel required.
The small group size (one staff member for every three students and no more than 12 participants per program) ensures a safe and educational experience for everyone. The program includes a dive briefing, an introduction to basic SCUBA diving practices, a tour of the Great Tide Pool and an interpretation of the animals they'll encounter. Each child will take home a dive log with their photo to commemorate the day. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience your kids won't want to miss. The name and age of each participant is required at the time of the reservation.
Things You Should Know
Reservations by phone:
(831) 647-6886 or toll-free in the U.S. and Canada
Registration fees do not include Aquarium admission. You must also purchase admission tickets to the Aquarium for all tours that take place inside the Aquarium.
Adult chaperones must purchase tickets to enter the Aquarium and be present during their child's participation in the program. Adults may not enter the water.
We require at least 72 hours' notice in order to offer a refund. Reservations and cancellations are processed by phone or in person (not by email).
In the unlikely event that conditions make it unsafe to enter the Great Tide Pool, we may have to cancel programs. Every effort will be made to reschedule participants for a later program. Should this be impossible to arrange, we will refund the program fee.
Please print and complete the following form, and bring it with you to the program.
Download event waiver (PDF)
Por favor imprime y rellena el siguiente formulario y tráetelo contigo al programa.
Descarga renuncia médica disponible en Español (PDF)
Call the Sales & Reservation Center or email us.