Diving With Gentle Giants

Diving With Gentle Giants

When JusttheJustin, the head of Regiment Outdoors, heard that another veteran organization had put a stop to a diving excursion at the Georgia Aquarium, he mentioned that Regiment could fill the void that Georgia Aquarium wanted to fill. This is him pictured below high fiving his daughter through the glass. 

Image Being a marine biologist, he understood the opportunity that was presented. Interfering with whale sharks in the wild is illegal, as they are a protected species. Exceptions are made for what are called “ambassador animals” in the controlled environment of an aquarium, though. This provided a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these impressive creatures. The experience also provides an opportunity to see many different species nearby.  

He and seven other Regiment members, with the help of the Veteran Immersion Program funded by the Home Depot Foundation, we were able to rub elbows with a multitude of species. Lucky for you, JusttheJustin has provided a link to a video showing the kinds of creatures one encounters in this habitat. Watching the video with him, I was struck by the scale of some of the creatures, namely the manta ray which is 16 feet from wingtip to wingtip. 

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Both JusttheJustin and the Georgia Aquarium want this to become a regular thing. They have even mentioned that if enough interest is shown, they want to take a group down to the Florida Keys for a bit of reef restoration. 

If any of this is of interest to you, and you have a documented disability rating, the link to the form is below, alongside the video.  There are both Scuba options for those who are certified, as well as snorkeling for those who are not. The next availability is in October.

I don’t need to sell you, though. The video speaks for itself. 

RG l ItstheSquid


The Form to participate in future dives is below.

Next one is 16th of October, 2024

https://forms.gle/4jwTGN34nM5ufoYM6

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