Covid-19 Dive FAQs
Safe, Healthy Dives
WHAT IS THE SAME AS BEFORE?
- Peace of mind! Disinfection procedures for dive regulators/mouthpieces & masks in place since Eye-To-Eye Shark Dives started in 2013 are the same ones that are now being recommended worldwide for dive facilities in response to Covid-19.
- The experience! You will have the same high quality safety briefing, you’ll have enthusiastic and professional staff assisting you and caring for your safety throughout, and an amazing opportunity to get in the water with sharks.
- After the dive, we’ll still talk about shark biology, threats to sharks, and what people can do to help.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT?
- Single households only. In the current phase of Washington’s safe start reopening plan, we are only able to accommodate up to four members of the same household who do not need to social distance from each other. The ticket price includes ALL DIVERS, and includes admission to PDZA. (The pricing is actually lower than the cost of four individual tickets pre-Covid-19.)
- More frequent sanitizing. We have increased the sanitizing schedule for shared land surfaces, such as doorknobs, bathrooms, pens, chairs and more.
- Check-in. The check-in location has moved to a wider area, just BEYOND the South Pacific Aquarium entrance. No need to stand in the entry line for the South Pacific Aquarium, keep going to the right and follow the signs.
- Face coverings and more. You must wear a face covering to enter Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and participate in the program, according to statewide guidelines. If you are unable or unwilling to wear one, we are unable to accommodate your participation in the program at this time. Staff will be wearing face coverings/other PPE as appropriate throughout the program, including as they assist you gear up.
- Additional Items to bring. In addition to your ticket and completed forms, we ask that you bring your own towel and water bottle. We suggest you bring a change of clothes just in case you get a bit damp during the dive.
PRE-SCREENING AND SAFETY BRIEFING
Your program briefing and instructions will include additional information about Covid-19 procedures.
Before coming onsite, please complete this pre-screening assessment, in accordance to state requirements. There may be additional screening, including temperature checks, conducted before your dive.
- Have you been diagnosed with Covid-19 and have not recovered or are still within the required 14-day quarantine? (also, see below)
- Have you had a fever within the past 3 days (72 hours) without the use of fever-reducing medications?
- Have you had respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) within the past 3 days (72 hours)?
- Have you started having symptoms within the past 10 days?
- Have you had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have Covid-19-19 (within the last 14 days)?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you will not be able to enter the dive building and will need to reschedule for another day. Please do not risk the health and safety of our staff or fellow visitors!
WHAT IF I HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?
The respiratory effects of Covid-19 may be incompatible with diving, even after initial recovery. It is still a new disease with limited information available. For participation options for those who have received a positive diagnosis, we will follow the current recommendations from the leading dive medical experts:
If you have tested positive with Covid-19 and have remained completely asymptomatic:
- Within 2 weeks of the test, entry to program will be denied due to governor’s mandate.
- Within 2 to 4 weeks, you may participate in a modified surface only experience unless you can provide a physician’s release for diving.
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and were symptomatic, but not hospitalized:
- Within three months, you may participate in a modified surface only experience unless you can provide a physician’s release for diving.
If you have been hospitalized with pulmonary symptoms related to Covid-19:
- Within 3 months, entry to the program will be denied and you must reschedule for a later date. Regardless of date, you may only participate in a modified surface-only experience unless you can provide a physician’s release for diving.
The modified surface-only experience is conducted regularly for those who cannot for medical reasons, or do not wish to, go all the way underwater. In this experience you will still get to see the amazing sharks swim closely by, and it is a safe and fun.