I was a bit nervous about this trip since I'm not a strong swimmer, but the entire experience was incredible and easy. You start climbing a ladder down the back of the boat and once your shoulders are at water level they use a small hoist to lower the helmet onto your shoulders. Air hoses are attached to the helmet, which is weighted and traps an air pocket around your entire upper body as the weight of the helmet helps you continue climbing down the ladder into the water. They had three scuba divers in the water with us, helping us make the descent into the water, checking on us constantly to ensure that we were fine, and taking photos that would be available for purchase. For someone who had snorkeled but never dived, this was a breathtaking experience. We were in water about 10-15 feet deep. They gave each of us a mesh bag with bread to feed the fish, and the fish swarmed all around us - colorful angel fish, clown fish, etc - beautiful. Rays were swimming around us too, and there were sea anemones and small clown fish swimming through them. The photographer had each of us pose for various cute pictures, including a photo touching the sea anemones - so cool. The total time in the water was 30-40 minutes. When it was time to get out, the divers helped us make our way back to the ladder one-by-one, and they helped us climb up to the point that we were out of the water far enough for them to remove our helmets. They provided towels and a cup of water after the dive. They also provided comfortable plastic shoes to protect our feet while in the water. This was a fun experience I'd love to do again.
The helmet created a bit of ear pressure similar to riding on a jet - so you needed to pop your ears a few times during the dive time.
We purchased their photos for about $70 U.S. They delivered a memory stick to our hotel and charged the purchase to our room, which was very convenient. The memory stick included the entire set of everyone's photos on the trip. The photos were great!
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