Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium


Experience the heart-pumping thrill of getting up close to more than a dozen massive sharks, including a 9-foot, 450-pound lemon shark. Learn about sharks, their biology, the challenges they face in the wild, and how you can help save them.

Eye-to-Eye Sharks is the only warm-water exhibit dive in the Pacific Northwest with so many sharks.

You will wear a specially designed dry suit that zips over your street clothes and seals out water. No need to bring a swim suit! Whether you're a certified diver or an adventurous non-diver, there's an exhilarating, underwater journey that is perfect for you.

Reservations are required.


(certified divers only)

Ages: 15 and up
Certification: Must bring proof of diver certification
All gear supplied; divers can bring prescription masks (for safety reasons, no personal cameras allowed)
$160 for Zoo members; $175 for non-members - Includes admission to Zoo & Aquarium and souvenir towel
Up to four participants per dive


Ages: 8 and up
Certification: None required
Gear: All gear supplied (for safety reasons, no personal cameras allowed)
Cost: $50 Zoo members; $65 non-members - Includes admission to Zoo & Aquarium and souvenir towel
Up to four participants per dive.


Please complete all required forms below and bring them with you to your scheduled dive. If you need special assistance, please complete the special assistance request form and return it to us as soon as possible before your scheduled dive.

Required Forms:
   Medical & Emergency Information                     Adult Participation Agreement

Additional Forms:
Special Assistance Request Form           Minor Participation Agreement
                                                                    (If a diver is 18 years or younger)


Many people believe sharks’ status as top-of-the-food-chain predators means they’re invincible. But several species of sharks are threatened with extinction. Sharks are being horribly over-fished by the tens of millions.

Threats to sharks include:
Finning: Fins, sought for soup and other delicacies, are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the water where, rudderless, they drown. This illegal activity is devastating to shark populations.

Sharks are longlived and don’t reproduce as swiftly as other species. Their numbers can’t quickly recover from commercial harvesting.

Oil spills, mercury, lead and other materials threaten the habitat of sharks and other sea animals.