Four stories tall and filled with 200,000 gallons of water, our Giant Ocean Tank is the undisputed crown jewel of the New England Aquarium.

On occasion, some very special visitors get to don a New England Aquarium wetsuit and hop into our favorite exhibit.

Susan Copelas, founder of Dive the World Adventures and associate member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, has been on more than 7,500 dives all over the world, including Antarctica. Earlier this spring, Copelas added the Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank to her impressive dive history.

Copelas in the GOT
Susan and her iconic pink fins in the GOT.

Guest Diver Q&A

Please introduce yourself!

Susan: Hi! I’m Susan Copelas and I run a business called Dive the World Adventures and I’m an associate member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. I also run Women’s Dive Day up here in New England.

What was your favorite part of diving in the GOT? 

Susan: My absolute favorite part of diving in the Giant Ocean Tank was the ability to touch animals that I would never touch in the wild. I’ve had the opportunity to dive 7,500 dives all over the world and we have a “no-touch” policy. But here I had the opportunity to actually touch a moray and I loved it!

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever dove?

Susan: So the coolest place I ever dove was the Antarctic in 2005. I was part of an ocean-wide expedition to retrace (British explorer Sir Ernest Henry) Shackleton’s trip under the water, so we were in areas that no one in the world had ever dove before. So I made sure I was the first to jump in and was the first one to see things that no one else in the world had ever seen.  

Guest Diver Spotlight: Susan Copelas

More About Susan

Our special guests are some truly amazing people, and Susan is no exception. Susan Copelas is the founder of Dive the World Adventures and an associate member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. Throughout her more than 40 years of diving, she’s been on more than 7,500 dives and helped educate more than 1,700 future ocean protectors in the sport of scuba diving.

As we know at the Aquarium, inspiring young people to love the ocean is the first step in building a new pipeline of ocean protectors!

Some Highlights from Susan’s Dive