What Helmet Diving is, and how it differs from scuba, snuba and snorkeling in Bermuda.
Helmet diving is the safest and easiest way to visit the undersea. Forget the barred windows and the lead boots! In shallow water helmet diving, you walk and your head is completely dry. You can wear glasses or contacts, as you normally do. Unlike snorkeling, you do not know how to swim. This is why no scuba diving or snorkeling lessons are needed..
Unlike the traditional or commercial hard hat diving, the padded helmet simply rests on your shoulders. The diving helmet works like a glass turned upside down in water. As long as the open end is held downward, the air is cupped underneath. This is similar, but opposite, to how a glass contains water, when held right side up in air. The collar of lead at the bottom keeps the open end, down. As the bottom is open, it is easy to reach inside to clear your ears or scratch your nose.
Your dive hose constantly delivers topside air into your ‘diving bell’, so you just breathe normally. There is no scuba regulator or snorkel intruding your mouth. As on land, you breathe without thinking. Hartley’s wash their helmets with a soapy solution, to prevent them from fogging. No spitting on your helmet window. If snuba or scuba diving in Bermuda, the soap could get into your eyes and sting.
Like your parents said when you became a teenager, posture is important. No slouching. Your head and shoulders should be upright, and to walk, your knees bent. If you tilt your head to the side your ear will get wet as the water stays level. The instant feedback makes it very easy to figure out. Though you can lay face down (with shoulders and neck curved upward),to look under a reef, it is easier to tilt your head all about when scuba diving in Bermuda.
Helmet diving is ideal because you already know how to walk and breathe. Though you can go further with snorkeling, this takes you to, and keeps you with the fish, without holding your breath or thrashing around. You are safer closer to the boat. We have food, so the fish come to us.
There are three big windows. The largest is in front for main viewing. When snorkeling in Bermuda, or on any glass bottom tour in Bermuda, you will discover that any flat glass magnifies by about a third. Things appear larger and therefore closer than on land. It does not take long to adjust. There is a window on each side for viewing, fellow divers, approaching luncheon guests, or just getting one’s bearings. Take a bold step. The effort is minimal and the enjoyment stupendous.
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