ATLANTA (February 12, 2008) – Georgia Aquarium announced Tuesday that guests can now swim or SCUBA dive with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, in the world’s largest exhibit (Ocean Voyager) at the world’s largest aquarium. Journey with Gentle Giants is a new immersion program at the Aquarium that introduces participants to the Aquarium’s whale shark conservation program and gives them the amazing and rare opportunity to swim or dive with whale sharks and thousands of fish including zebra sharks, sawfish, bowmouth guitarfish and schools of tarpon, cownose rays and more. Georgia Aquarium is also the only place in the world where participants are guaranteed to encounter the magnificent whale shark.

In addition to a 30-minute guided exploration of Ocean Voyager and access to behind the scenes areas, guests also receive admission to the Aquarium, all equipment provided, log book, certificate of participation, t-shirt and souvenir photo. No experience or certification is necessary for the swim program, and participants in the SCUBA dive program must provide certification from a nationally or internationally recognized organization and photo identification. The program is open to all guests age 12 and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Participants may SCUBA dive daily at 3 p.m. or swim at 4:30 p.m. Journey with Gentle Giants registration is now open with the first slots available June 8. The cost for the swim program is $190 and the dive program is $290, and Annual Pass members receive a 10% discount.

For more information on the program and how to reserve a spot, visit or call 404-581-4000.



The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational, and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit