Bell Helmet Diving in the Caribbean Sea
Duration: Half Day
Bermuda is a paradise destination for divers, boasting crystal clear turquoise waters, an abundance of marine life, over 200 miles of coral reefs, hidden caves and hundreds of shipwrecks to discover. One of the most exciting ways to explore this majestic underwater world is through diving. However, for those looking for a slightly different diving experience during their holiday in Bermuda, and one that requires no prior training, a Bell Helmet Diving tour could be the ideal choice. This unique, eco-friendly adventure has been an exciting part of Bermuda’s water sports for almost 60 years, and is a fun, safe and easy way for all the family to enjoy the wonders of diving in Bermuda’s alluring waters.
Bell Helmet Diving involves walking along the sandy ocean floor in about 10 to 12 feet of shallow water, exploring beautiful coral reefs and getting up close to an abundance of exciting marine species. You don’t need any lessons, and you don’t even have to be able to swim, but your captain will give you a safety briefing before you enter the water. The actual helmet was invented by Bronson Hartley, who built his first diving helmet at the age of ten in 1930. It looks like an upside-down glass box, held closed by lead at the open end, which rests comfortably on your shoulders. A constant supply of oxygen is supplied by the boat, through tubes into the helmet, so no regulators, masks or other equipment are needed. Your head stays completely dry in this self-contained, spacious area, so you can even wear glasses or contact lenses. The weight of the helmet prevents you from floating to the surface, so you all you need to do is breathe and walk!
Move across the bottom of the ocean in slow motion, watching schools of brightly-coloured tropical fish swimming silently past you. Blue angel fish, rainbow parrotfish, trumpet fish and butterfly fish are just a few of the species you will spot. Some of the fish are so tame you can even feed and hold them! Marvel at the bright, vivid colours of different coral species and sea fans as you explore the reefs. The beauty of this underwater world will take your breath away.
All the special moments can be captured on camera and film to take away with you, so you can relive the experience once you get back home. This undersea walking and diving adventure is an unforgettable trip for all the family.
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