Dive Olly Dive



Underwater fun with positive social messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Olly and his friends often make mistakes, but that's how they learn valuable lessons about things like cooperation, honesty, and respect. When they're faced with a task they can't do themselves, the group relies on members' individual talents to work it out. The show's setting may stir kids' interest in learning about sea life.

Violence & scariness

In some scenes, sea creatures chase or snap at Olly and his friends, but the overall tone is light.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon series for young children is filled with positive messages about kindness, respect for others, honesty, and responsibility. Preschoolers will easily relate to the troubles that Olly and his friends face, and they'll benefit from seeing how communication helps the group resolve problems and improve their social behavior. In some scenes, predatory sea creatures like sharp-toothed barracudas chase the little subs, but overall the tone is light and shouldn't frighten youngsters.

What's the story?

DIVE OLLY DIVE follows the oceanic escapades of Olly (voiced by Robbie E. Harrison), a young submarine-in-training who works under the direction of Diver Doug (Gibson Nolte) at the Special Underwater Research Facility -- SURF for short. Olly and his best friend, Beth (Allisyn Arm), help Diver Doug maintain the ocean floor for the creatures and watercraft that call it home. When they're not on the job, the subs head off for adventure in their underwater wonderland with friends like transport vehicle Skid (Julie McGregor) and Brandt (Shane Withington), a hermit crab who aspires to be a pirate.

Is it any good?


This engaging series is sure to delight preschoolers with its colorful characters and crisp animation, which will help open kids' eyes to the world's diversity and perhaps pique their curiosity to learn more about the real-life versions of the characters. Kids will easily relate to the issues that Olly and his friends face in their relationships with each other and their underwater exploration, and they're well served by the strong positive messages about values like helpfulness, respect, cooperation, and honesty.

Very sensitive youngsters may need a little reassurance during scenes in which predatory creatures chase or intimidate the little subs, but overall there's nothing to worry about in sharing this vibrant, enjoyable series with your preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about responsibility and doing a job well. What jobs do Olly, Beth, and Skid do for Diver Doug? How do they use their individual talents to get the jobs done? What might happen if they didn't do their work? Why is it important to do what we're asked to do? Kids: What responsibilities do you have? What would happen if you didn't live up to them? Families can also discuss the issues raised by the show -- including honesty, forgiveness, and self-confidence -- and relate the stories to kids' own experiences.

TV details

Cast:Allisyn Arm, Robbie E. Harrison, Shane Withington
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2015

Sprout is close to be just as good as Nick Jr.

Preschoolers should love this underwater adventure becuase of the messages.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 10 year old Written byNoBalogne May 6, 2011

Great fun for young ones

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byElizabeth homas April 22, 2009

One of the very best

Dive Olly Dive is our children's favorite show on PBS Sprout. It looks so vibrant it makes other shows on this network look old hat. Bath time never passes these days without the cry "Dive Olly Dive" ringing out. This must also be one of the best written pre-school shows on television with relatable storylines; genuinely exciting adventures and the voice actors also actually act rather than shout as in Dora the Explorer. I completely agree with your reviewer except we would award five stars to this show.


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