Things We Learned from an Aquarium Diver

Diving takes on many forms.

This time, we’re putting the spotlight on scuba divers who spend a lot of time underwater — in an aquarium that is!

Robby Myers is one of the many divers who has devoted their lives educating people about the underwater world and occasionally looking for a green moray who decided to escape again.

Here, we picked up on a few things about his experience.

It’s quite a small space to move around in

“It takes a little practice to get used to aquarium diving — it’s a much tighter space than you’d think. Great buoyancy is a must because our habitats are a maximum of 17 feet deep. You also need to be aware of your surroundings — there are a lot of animals in there, and if you don’t watch your fins, you’re likely to smack one in the face.”

On what really happens during a day at SEA LIFE Orlando

“A typical show consists of a back-and-forth between a dry-side host and me via a comm link as we discuss our animals. Once we open the floor for questions and pictures, the real fun starts. Kids line up for high-fives and to play rock-paper-scissors through the window. Sometimes we’re photobombed by Chely, a rescued green sea turtle.”

And what about sharks? What’s Myers experience with them so far?

“As most divers know, sharks tend to swim off the moment they see you. Ours used to avoid us too, but with time they’ve become comfortable with us.

On one occasion, one of our 5-foot sandbar sharks nonchalantly swam over my shoulder and high-fived me as I spoke with a guest. The man froze mid-sentence. Of course, he couldn’t see my ear-to-ear grin behind the full-face mask.”

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