Dolphin Plunge®

The most popular ride in the park is our incredible Dolphin Plunge. One look and it's easy to see why.

Two side-by-side enclosed tube slides send you racing through an underwater world that is home to a playful pod of beautiful black-and-white Commerson's Dolphins.

Known for their playful nature and electrifying speed, you may well see them racing right alongside you as you zoom by.

It's a ride unlike any other in the world- one only a waterpark by SeaWorld® could create.


Small, swift and very distinctive—a Commerson’s coloration consists of mainly black on the head, fin and flipper regions and mostly white in the other areas of the body. The dorsal fin is small and rounded at the tip and the beak is small or unnoticeable. Females are typically larger than males. 

Commerson’s dolphins are one of the smallest dolphins and are found in shallow, coastal waters of the sub-Antarctic. They range from the tip of South America (Peninsula Valdes to Tierra del Fuego), through the Strait of Magellan, around the Falkland Islands and the Kerguelen Islands. They feed on krill, cuttlefish, squid, shrimp and small fishes.

Catch a glimpse of the Commerson's dolphin swimming beside you on the Dolphin Plunge®, or observe them at a more leisurely pace as you float along Loggerhead Lane.

Ask an Educator

Q: How’d they get their unusual name?
SW: The Commerson’s dolphin is named for the French botanist, naturalist and explorer Philibert Commerson, who wrote about them during his travels to South America in 1767.

Q: How does a Commerson’s dolphin compare to a killer whale?
SW: Commerson’s are diminutive dolphins that are related to killer whales, but not in size—adults may reach 5 ft. (1.5 m) while killer whales can be 3-6 times that length! 

Q: Did I just see one swimming upside down?
SW:
Yes! Sleek Commerson’s dolphins often swim and even feed upside down. Why? You’d have to ask them, but researchers think this gives a Commerson’s dolphin the advantage of seeing predators that may be lurking above or spotting prey swimming below.

  • Riders must be 48” (1.22) tall to ride.
  • Riders must not exceed 300 lbs (136 kg).
  • Single riders only.
  • Life vests are not permitted.
  • Riders must be able to maintain proper riding position without assistance: feet first, lying on your back with legs firmly crossed at the ankles, and arms folded across the chest during the entire ride.
  • Only one rider to enter each lane of flume at a time.
  • Do not uncross your legs or attempt to sit up until you come to a stop in the splash pool.
  • Swimwear with exposed metal zippers, buckles, rivets, or belts are not permitted.
  • No sports shorts, t-shirts, loose fitting clothing, cover ups or similar items.
  • Foot wear is not allowed.
  • Do not throw anything from the tower.
  • Obey all posted signs and instructions by lifeguard.
  • Riders of this attraction will be exposed to forces, speeds and other intense features that may cause distress or injury to persons with pre-existing health conditions. Please consider these features in determining suitability for all riders. 
  • Only guests in good health should ride this attraction. Do not ride if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, motion sickness, heart neck or back problems, fear of heights, sensitivity to strobe effects, recent surgery or any other medical condition that may be aggravated by the forces of this ride. 
  • Do not swallow the pool water; it is recirculated.
  • Do not use pool if you are ill with diarrhea.
  • Eyeglasses must have straps.
  • Aquatica assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged items.

Please download the pdf document for the complete Accessibility Guide.