Go Deep Without Diving!
By Susan Campbell for Curaçao Nights Publications
“I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus's garden in the shade…” That was The Beatles’ song I found myself singing while puttering around on my quirky underwater scooter below the waves at Pirate Bay. But as soon as I saw my friend go by I started singing "Yellow Submarine". Seems I couldn’t help but act silly on my weird contraption. And no wonder. The oversized bright yellow bell helmet made me look like one of those minions from "Despicable Me". But the ability to breathe, laugh, and even sing underwater without anything in my mouth was very liberating.
However, I will admit I was nervous at first. I’m somewhat claustrophobic- and though I adore snorkeling- I’ve always had issues submersing when doing intro-to-dive programs. But it turned out I had little cause for concern. The instruction is first-rate. Your every move is closely shadowed by a diver/guide. You must swim under the helmet to get into the vehicle as it is attached to the scooter, but that is the only time your head gets wet. And they are very spacious inside. You can easily reach your hands up to your head if needed. And if you wear glasses, you can put them on once inside. Either way, visibility is excellent once you submerge.
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Source: Nights Publications
Photo credit: Aquafari.