Discovery Point FAQs

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Where do I check in for my Swim?

Please be at the Discovery Point Guest Reception area at least 15 minutes before your reserved time.

How long is the total Swim experience?

  • The in-water experience is 20-30 minutes long.
  • Beforehand, there is a short orientation session (about 10 minutes) led by Discovery Point's expert animal trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
  • Next, small groups move to their swim location for the in-water experience with the dolphins, Beluga whales, or Sea Lions.
  • Guests participating in the Beluga or Sea Lion swim will be taken by shuttle to Beluga Bay or Sea Lion Shallows, and return to Discovery Point after their Swim.
  • After the in-water experience, guests can view photographs and video of their interactions and talk about their experience with trainers and other participants. Guests should plan on allocating 2 hours for the whole program, depending on whether their swim is at Discovery Point or elsewhere in the park.

What all does the Dolphin Swim, Beluga Swim or Sea Lion Swim cost include?

Your Swim experience includes:

  • Complimentary Wetsuit rental is included, and are recommended while guests are in the water.
  • A changing room with shower facilities and amenities
  • Locker and towel rental
  • In-park shuttle to and from Beluga Bay or Sea Lion Shallows

Are there age requirements for admission to SeaWorld or Discovery Point’s Swims?

All Minors participating in a Swim must be at least 48" tall. There is no age requirement. Any guest under the age of 18 must have any and all release forms signed by a parent/legal guardian. Parents should take into account their child will be in water that is approximately 3-feet deep with large animals. Parents who wish to participate in the Swim will need to make their own paid reservation.

What should I wear for my Swim?

Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes, as well as a change of clothes for after your swim. Discovery Point provides all guests with wetsuits. With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Point guests may not wear jewelry for the safety of the animals.

Can I bring my own camera or video recorder?

Swim participants: Participants are welcome to use their own cameras or recording devices at Discovery Point, with the exception of in the water. These are curious animals, and for their sake (not to mention the sake of your photo equipment or cell phone), we cannot risk items being accidentally dropped in their habitat.

Observers: At Beluga Bay and Sea Lion Shallows, paid Observers are allowed to take photos and videos of your swim for you. Observer tickets are not available at Dolphin Lagoon due to the limited amount of space available at this private area. However, there are great places from across the lagoon to get those special photos of your swim.

Are Dolphin Swims accessible for people with disabilities?

To participate in one of our swim programs, guests with disabilities must be able to stand on their own during the interaction and walk with the aid of a personal assistant.

Do I need a separate ticket to watch a Swim if I’m not participating?

Friends and relatives of guests who are participating in dolphin, seal lion or beluga swims who wish to watch the interactions may purchase an observer ticket. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served bases. Observer tickets may ONLY be purchased upon arrival at Discovery Point for $30.

Do I need to be a good swimmer to swim with dolphins, belugas or sea lions?

As long as you’re comfortable being in at least 3 feet of water alongside these amazing animals, our swims are suitable for all swimming levels.

How do I change or cancel a reservation?

At Discovery Point, we recognize that vacation plans sometimes change. To accommodate this, we will allow one complimentary date change prior to your visit, pending availability. Further changes to your itinerary will be provided for a nominal charge of $50 per change. Reservations made within 7 days of the original date will be booked at the original rate. Reservations made outside of that time will be subject to change based on seasonal rates for the new date chosen. Please note that group reservation policies may differ.

Is a wetsuit rental included, and can I bring my own?

You are welcome to bring your own wetsuit if you have one. Otherwise, wetsuits and a towel are provided at no additional charge, to be returned at the end of your Swim. We recommend you wear a wetsuit while you are in the water. Short and long wetsuits are available in adult and children’s sizes:

  • Men’s: XS to 5XL
  • Women’s: 6 to 22
  • Children’s: 2 to 16

Can I wear jewelry?

With the exception of wedding rings and watches, no jewelry is permitted in the water during your swim. Please understand this is for the safety of the animals in our care, a responsibility we take very seriously, and ask that our guests do, too. We sure appreciate your understanding.

Will there be photos available from my Swim?

Yes, Discovery Point’s photographers and videographers will be on hand to help you collect keepsake memories of your Dolphin Swim, Beluga Swim or Sea Lion swim. These will be available for purchase before you leave.

What if I’m pregnant?

We do not have restrictions for expectant mothers, it is up to the individual. However, please consider the day will involve swimming in deep water with a live animal weighing over 500 pounds. The experience will involve up-close activities, which is what makes them so special. You will also need to make sure your wetsuit fits comfortably. Therefore, we do ask that you consult your doctor prior to your visit and explain the nature of the interaction and activities to receive a proper assessment.

What’s the water temperature like?

Dolphin Lagoon water temperatures are between 74° and 79° Fahrenheit.

What is your refund policy?

If the cancellation notice is provided more than 30 days from your originally scheduled arrival, you will receive a full 100% refund. However, if you cancel or rebook your Discovery Point reservation within 30 days of your visit, there is no refund. If you have to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the Discovery Point reservations center: 210-520-4SEA. Group reservation policies may differ.