Helmet Dive

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351 Posts
Joined Mar 2016
Reviews and details on Hartley's Helmet Dive site say no swimming is necessary. As long as he doesn't fear the water, I would think he should be fine.
2,690 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
i wanted to do this but it was canceled due to weather. i extensively researched it, watched the youtube videos and i really would love to do this!
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203 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
I'm not a swimmer and have a real issue with water in my face. I did the helmet dive with no issues a few years ago and loved it. It was the highlight of our week long trip and we will do it again if we get the chance.

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93 Posts
Joined May 2010
We did it last summer and loved it so much we may even do it again this year!! you go down a step or two on the ladder, they place the helmet on your head and you go the rest of the way down the ladder. you walk around as a group and get a great nature lesson while under the water! My son used his go pro and we also bought the dvd.
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41 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
I had to report back. We absolutely loved the helmet dive. My daughter's favorite part of the trip. Captain Greg has a quirky sense of humor He was very kind and loved to educate. Perfect for the last 1/2 day. We were back around two. Dropped off a few steps from ship and tour is only a mile or so off shore. We had three groups with us and each group spent about 40 minutes underwater. You wait on the enclosed boat. At that time, we talked lots with his son. Lots of great info about Bermuda. We ordered the disk with video and pics. They came out great!
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Joined Mar 2016
Thanks for your report! Glad you liked it. My younger son really wants to do this. I am more ambivalent. I am happy to hear Greg was kind and friendly. Quirky is not problem in my book as long as someone is kind and well-intended. I am also a little worried about me getting freaked out/feeling claustrophobic and not being able to complete the dive. My boys and dad would likely be fine and love the underwater part, and I adore anything photography-related so would be thrilled with the pics. Right now, we have Hidden Gems booked for the last day, because my older son was interested in the cave exploration, cave swimming, and cliff diving. It's a long day--begins at 7:30. But if you book through the ship, you are safe with the 2:30 all-aboard. We can still consider canceling and switching to Helmet Diving, but since Hidden Gems only takes 12 on that early tour, I figured we had better hold our spots for now. If we could fit Helmet Diving in on anothe day, I'd probably do it, but for now, our schedule is full. 80 minutes of sitting and waiting on that boat (while hungry for lunch) might drive my boys batty. I don't mind--I like to "chill" and would enjoy the talk with Greg's son.