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Hartley Helmet Diving in Bermuda

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    Hartley's helmet diving is unique and original to Bermuda. Bronson Hartley, the original 'Fish Whisperer', started the first helmet diving experience in 1947. This undersea walk is unique because you will make friends with the fish, and other marine creatures. The fish know the staff and expect the staff to feed them so they are willing to allow us to touch and hold them, even for photo ops!
    Since the helmet is heavy on land, it is able to hold all the air inside of it and you on the bottom. Your confidence and ability to walk is a result of being gently pressed on the sandy sea bed, only 11 feet down. The helmet has shoulder pads and three windows, one big one at the front, and two side windows. With the assistance of a message baton and print on the food jar, marine life is identified and explained. A briefing is held on the 30 minute ride to the reef so your experience ends up being a fun and entertaining biology lesson as well!
    Wet suits will be available if the water is below 80 degrees. Depending on the size of the group three may be up to 4 separate dives so that you can receive a personalized experience underwater. Your head will remain totally dry, so you can wear glasses, contacts or make-up. Fresh air is constantly pumped in and you can reach in to clear your ears or scratch your nose.
    What inspires and liberates divers the most and creates value in their experience is the open philosophy of the staff. You will enjoy a sensory experience where you will use all your senses to explore, with respect for Bermuda's marine eco-system. You will be awakened to the joy and mystery of life, both under the sea, and all around you.
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    Family of five from cruise ship split up and three went Helmet Diving and two went snorkeling and the one child that went snorkeling said she should have went on the Helmet Dive after seeing the pictures. Greg did a nice job and there were...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Connector574148
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Pros: Interesting concept, you have a 20 minute boat ride to the reef, and then in groups of 8, you walk down a ladder and kneel in a semi-circle learning a little about the coral and fish. For someone who has never been scuba diving,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank JACK K
    Reviewed 6 days ago

    I was very apprehensive about this trip, wondering just what I had signed up my family for, but my first impression was wrong. This is a one of a kind, wonderful excursion that had my kids, one being a teenager, beaming with excitement happiness. They...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Allie M
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Funny enough GREG is ONE GREAT GUY! I fell on concrete just prior to boarding and he jumped right in with exceptional first aide!!! ( I am a NURSE) His son is very sweet too! The dive was me -my husband and bro in law....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank 2kidscrazymama1
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Awesome experience. Greg was super. The trip was informative and the dive was surreal. Even got the chance to see the mole shrimp in action. A must do when in Bermuda.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank archan m
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    Response from 1Vicki | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. They offer a flash drive with photos for purchase. The photos are great!
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    Response from Racer70 | Reviewed this property |
    You'll keep all of your stuff in your backpack, bag etc. and leave it on the boat while diving. Nobody will mess with your stuff, as there is generally only about 10 or less passengers and the diving staff. They've never had... More
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