In preparation for a Sea-Trek excursion, you will need to wear sunscreen, water shoes, swim suit and a swim shirt. You should bring a change of clothes and shoes for time after Sea-Trek spent perusing the shopping district and your walk back to the ship. No one wants to walk around in wet clothes! Don’t forget your GoPro or water camera as well.
We arrived at our meeting point on Disney Magic where we received towels and followed our guide off the ship and down the pier. Here, we were introduced to our guide from Sea-Trek who lead us on a 5-minute walk (0.4 mile) through town to Jeanie’s Beach Club. We were greeted with a warm welcome from all Sea-Trek staff and shown around the shop and restaurant.
After storing our gear, we met back with our guide to complete the orientation. The staff are very encouraging and positive, reassuring guests that this is a very safe and easy experience. The helmets do not transmit sound, so we went through a few simple hand signals that would be used while under water.
“I am OK” - thumb and first finger make an “o” and last three fingers up
“I want to go up” – thumb up
“Stop” – two hands up, palms facing out
“Follow me” – two hands motioning toward oneself
“Something is wrong, or I have a problem” – shake your had side to side, like the so-so sign
I was very impressed with the five guides assigned to our group of 12. Each guide was attentive to every guest, by looking them in the eye and reading their body language to assess their comfort level. This attention put me at ease right away as I made my way down the first few steps on the ladder. The guide was with me all the way down, pausing with me as I equalized my ears. He even walked me to the rope that marked our trek and made sure I was comfortable and happy.
I really had no issues equalizing my ears throughout my walk on the ocean floor. The average depth is about 25 feet, and you may notice the need to pop your ears as you walk along. This is due to the fact that the terrain rises and falls.
When I am in new situations like this, I find that my senses are heightened. I become more fully aware of sounds, sights and especially touches, so it is important to know that the rope marking the trail is slimy! But, like the water temperature, I became accustomed quickly. I also noticed that the sound of the air coming in the helmet is quite loud, but not overbearing.
You will find that you are able to turn your head freely in the helmet. There are three clear panels (2 on the sides and one on the front) on your helmet, giving you a nice 180° view of your surroundings. However, while looking and transitioning from one panel to the next, you may find the view to be distorted. This may cause a bit of dizziness, so I found it best to simply turn my body the way I wanted to look. While wearing your helmet, you should not bend your waist forward or backward, as this can cause your helmet to fill with water. If this does happen, simply stand upright and the air pressure will force the water out of the helmet.
Guests should expect to feel water up to their neck, or possibly the bottom of their chin. It is easy to slide your hand up inside the helmet should you need to plug your nose to equalize the pressure in your ears or even to move a stray hair out of your eyes. Guests can even wear prescription glasses with the helmet. Your hair will even stay dry!
Our trek lasted about 25 minutes. During this time, one guide had the task of taking photos and video of guests, two other guides monitored guests’ comfort levels and two guides brought a bottle of bait to lure in beautiful fish. The fish came so close that we could touch them! Our guides even hosted a mini dance party. It was amusing to watch each person dance to the beat of their own drum! There is a man-made plane wreck in the center of the trail. I found it fascinating to look past the trail into the deep blue sea.
At the end of your trek, guests are taken back to the ladder where you will climb up and stop when your helmet is just out of the water. A guide will remove the helmet and you are free to climb out and wait for your family.
Guests are then welcome to snorkel or relax in the lounge chairs. The restaurant offers meals and adult beverages if you’d like to eat before heading back to your ship.
Photos taken by Sea-Trek are not included with your excursion price. Be sure to bring cash for your CD. I paid $100 for all photos and video for our party of 7.
A bit of backstory… For a myriad of reasons, I have always been fearful of scuba diving. While on a vacation in Maui, I thought I would start off easy with SNUBA, a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving. I did not enjoy my experience and found that I had a hard time relaxing. This is not to say that I will not try it again, because I will. Needless to say, I had minor reservations about Sea-Trek helmet diving. In preparation, I watched several YouTube videos and became more and more comfortable with the idea of walking on the ocean floor. My only remaining concern was how my ears would do with the pressure. I can honestly say that my experience with Sea-Trek was nothing short of wonderful! The staff were amazing, my ears really had no problem equalizing and I loved my time on the sea floor. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone, young or old, adventurous or not!
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Concierge Agent with Wishes Family Travel, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner Agency
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