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gail Jun 28th, 2004 12:14 PM

"Helmet" or "Bell" diving in Bermuda
Listed as an excursion from our cruise - seems it is not the industrial type of helmet diving but some contraption you put on your head and walk around on the ocean floor about 15 feet down. Anyone done this - know a place to do this other than cruise excursion - which is probably fine, but just want some comparison. Thanks.

keysersoze Jun 28th, 2004 04:14 PM

Did this in the Bahamas a few years ago.

Comprised basically of a large helmet which is placed over the head and air pumped in via attached hose which keeps water out. Groups of three or four were escorted from a boat platform into about 15 feet of water and slowly toured a small reef area with various sites and local fish.

While not as complex as a scuba dive, many "divers" became claustrophobic with the helmet on and some also could not adjust to the depth and had to quickly return. All in all it was okay for someone who does not scuba or snorkel, but is very limiting and the trip down under was very regimented (strict path area) and not that interesting. If you snorkel or scuba skip it, if you have relatives or others who wear glasses and will never scuba, give it a try.

gail Jun 28th, 2004 04:46 PM

Thanks - husband scuba dives (with prescription goggles) but teenagers wanted to try this with him (they have no interest in learning to dive). I, for just the claustraphobia reasons you mention, will be sitting somewhere sipping a rum drink.

keysersoze Jun 28th, 2004 05:23 PM


My wife tried scuba once at a resort dive session many years ago and did not like it. She and my kids enjoyed the helmet dive however, so enjoy the rum drink and watch the rest of the family have fun!

Note: The operation in the Bahamas did not allow any cameras - but happily took many pictures below for sale topside later.

ParrotMom Jun 29th, 2004 04:04 AM

Gail... check out Greg Hartley.. the best...and you can do it on your own. If you write I'll send you [email protected]

gracieb Jun 29th, 2004 05:52 PM

I did it and loved it!

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