I'm always open to trying new things because I do enjoy a little adventure. It just allows me to open myself up to different experiences. So on my recent trip to the unique island of Curacao, I booked Aquafari, an underwater scooter excursion.
I know what you're thinking, what is an underwater scooter? It's a scooter that a person can ride underwater. For a little more clarity, this scooter creates a diving experience without any certifications or diving equipment required. The cool thing about it is that you don't need to have any swimming experience. But, you do need to be comfortable submerging your head in a BOB (which is a Breathing Observation Bubble).
How does the underwater scooter function? The BOB is attached to the top part of the scooter. It's an opening that your head goes into for oxygen to be pumped into the bubble so that you can breathe. On the front of the scooter, there is an oxygen tank that will last 1 1/2 hours during the excursion. The underwater scooter also stays afloat in the water due to the buoy that's connected to its overhead. This bright yellow buoy also alerts others that you are traveling underwater. While the line attached allows the buoy to help control your depth of the dive, that can submerge you up to 20 feet. The scooter operates like a motorbike, and it has a turnkey that turns the scooter on and off. There are handlebars for control and propellers for some speed. But don't worry, the scooter's speed isn't too fast.
Who can participate? Aquafari underwater scooter will allow anyone to partake from the ages of 10 & up. There are additional requirements like being at least 4 ft tall and weighing less than 275 lbs.
How much does it cost? It will cost $115 per person (click here for booking info.) If you want photos of yourself, there is a package that will cost you an extra $10 & up. It will allow you to receive a total of 35 photos that they will send to your email in a week.
I can tell you that I'm not a strong swimmer. I was a little nervous and anxious because I didn't know what to expect at first. I've never submerged that deeply underwater before. It made me feel more at ease during the 30-minute presentation going over safety procedures on how to operate the scooter, how to communicate with the divers, and where we would be traveling to while underwater for the next 45 minutes. For me, Aquafari did a great job of making sure I was comfortable. Doing things like bringing the scooter closer to shore to make sure I was able to go underwater to get into it properly. Also, there were three divers with us at all times. Leading us through the underwater ocean and making sure everyone's equipment was functioning.
I probably wouldn't suggest something like this for a claustrophobic person. Due to your head being closed in this bubble. As you submerge underwater, it is also important to know that the pressure will affect your ears. But you'll need to make sure that you can unplug them by swallowing, clearing your throat, or holding your nose and blowing. But the divers will make sure everything is going okay for you before you can even turn on the scooter.
If you are still considering participating in an underwater scooter excursion, I would recommend wearing a swimsuit that is more covered. Something with sleeves or at least a one-piece swimsuit will be beneficial. This excursion, as mentioned before, will have you underwater for 45 minutes to an hour. In my experience, towards the end, I started to feel my body temperature dropping a little bit, and I couldn't wait to warm up in the sun. From the photos, you can see that I'm wearing a crop top swimsuit with matching high-waisted bottoms. I didn't start feeling the chill until the last 10 minutes of our ride. Also, make sure to bring a towel with you as you will want to use it to dry off and warm-up afterward. Aquafari will provide locker storage to customers to keep your items safe on your dive.
Check out the video from my underwater excursion below.