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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FunCat Electric Catamarans — Enjoy the view through your toes!



FunCat® electric catamarans are called FunCats for a reason. They are endless FUN! The chaise lounge style seat, cool control system, and silent, battery powered motors offer a truly unique way to cruise the water with your friends and family. Side-by-side seating allows for conversation and cuddling, while durable construction and stability enable you to dive off for a swim and easily climb back aboard.
If you are looking for a spectacular gift the whole family can enjoy, a FunCat Electric Catamaran truly is the ultimate gift. You will learn to love the view of the world, as you’re kicked back, watching the horizon through your toes.
Can you imagine watching the sunset while you sway in gentle waves? You will enjoy the freedom of travel on water, while relaxing in the absolute tranquility offered by the FunCat’s silent motors.



Or how about a family day of fishing and play? It is easy with a FunCat. Pack up the kids and the poles, or go out on your own. The fish will never hear you coming!


Imagine riding around a tropical lagoon with a glass of wine in your hand, the sound of exotic birds in your ears, and your arm draped over your loved one’s shoulders. The view through your toes is extraordinary when riding around on a FunCat.


Want to go on a picnic? Take your family on a picnic with a twist–– no ants will spoil this meal! On board a FunCat you can enjoy a meal as simple as PB&J or as sophisticated as cheese and wine pairings. Be it a date night, or a family lunch FunCat makes the experience new, exciting and private. The water is yours; let everyone else have the park!


Thinking of bringing in the New Year with fireworks? Try being on the water! Imagine being snuggled in with a hot toddy, your loved ones, and floating in the middle of a lake. You can immerse yourself in the fireworks as they explode in the sky and in the reflections on the water all around you.


The possibilities with FunCat are endless… and now’s the time to buy!
We are currently offering a seasonal special! Free shipping up to $500.00 within the continental U.S. Offer valid through December 15th.


Call now! 530-626-0100 or email info@funcats.com
www.funcats.com
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Top 10 Must-Do Water Activities


1. Sea TREK® in the open ocean:



Oceans cover 71% of Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the planet’s water… However, more than 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. Sea TREK enables guests to actually walk underwater in this incredible, mysterious world. Guests need no certification or previous experience, and it’s really just as simple as walking and breathing. The experience is otherworldly, and comparable to what an astronaut must feel like on the moon. Take a TREK and you’ll join the small percentage of those who have actually walked underwater!
Currently available at:
and more than 30 other locations worldwide. Visit sea-trek.com for more info! 

2. Dolphin TREK®:


This magical encounter brings guests nose-to-nose with one of the world’s most inquisitive, playful, and popular sea creatures — dolphins! Using the Sea TREK helmet diving system Dolphin TREK guests are immersed in the dolphins natural underwater world. Upon reaching the sea floor guests are welcomed and escorted via dorsal fin along a path to a staging area. From there, guests marvel as the dolphins swim, jump, barrel roll, and torpedo among them with unbelievable speed, grace and agility. The experience is topped off with a dolphin kiss and photo opportunity. There is no other encounter on the planet where you can interact this closely with these beautiful animals!
Currently available at:
and more locations are being added annually! Check sea-trek.com for updates. 



3. SNUBA®:


With over 6 million uses worldwide, SNUBA is one of the world’s most popular introductory dive programs in history. After participating in a brief 15-minute orientation and skills review, SNUBA guests join a certified SNUBA Guide on a 25-minute underwater guided tour. It’s like scuba diving, minus the heavy equipment, time consuming classes, and expensive gear. SNUBA can be found at more than 60 locations worldwide.
Currently available at:
and 50+ more locations worldwide. Visit snuba.com for more info!


4. Sea TREK® in an aquarium:


Rainy day? Stormy weather? No problem.. Sea TREKKING in an aquarium is an increasingly popular approach to introducing guests to the underwater world… rain or shine! The water and visibility are consistent, and best of all there is a 100% guarantee of seeing and interacting with marine life. Sea TREK in an aquarium! It is a rare opportunity to put yourself on the other side of the glass — don’t just see the exhibit, be the exhibit!
Currently available at:
and more! Check out sea-trek.com for more info!


5. Sea TREK® with stingrays:


If being surrounded by brightly colored fish of all shapes and sizes isn’t quite enough of a thrill, there is now a tour where guests can Sea TREK exclusively with stingrays! During the experience, guests watch in awe as these graceful rays glide effortlessly all around them. The friendly rays are anything but shy as they constantly swoop over the tops of guests’ helmets for their daily bubble massage.
Currently available at:


6. SNUBA Doo®:


For those family vacationers that have ever had to pass on a tour because the little ones couldn’t participate… never fear, problem solved! SNUBA® has created SNUBA Doo® which is specifically designed for children ages 4 to 7. The SNUBA Doo® floatation vest lets kids breathe through a regulator and float on the surface while their siblings or parents SNUBA dive below. And if they get tired, the SNUBA raft acts as the perfect resting spot.

Currently available at participating SNUBA Recreational Centers. Visit snuba.com to learn more. 



7. SHARKS! A hands-on shark adventure®:


In this nerve wracking, yet educational experience guests find themselves as victims who die… I mean dive with the world’s most fearsome sea creature — SHARKS! This hand-on interaction is conducted by professional handlers and trained nurse sharks. Guests get to touch, pet, feed and even hold a nurse shark on their lap! At the end of the experience participants are invited to snorkel and swim freely among these prehistoric fish.
Currently available at:
- Xcaret, Mexico

8. Stingray Bay:


For those not quite ready to fully submerge themselves underwater with stingrays, there is an alternative experience — Stingray Bay. During this interaction, guests stand on a platform in shallow water and professional handlers bring trained rays in for a unique meet-and-greet. In a hands-on presentation, guests learn about the rays, their habitat, diet, and anatomy, all while being able to touch their sandpaper like exterior and slippery smooth underside. At the end of the experience, guests enter the water to shoulder depth and are treated to the world’s only stingray massage!

Currently available at Xcaret as Stingrays Encounter
At Xel-Ha as Stingray Encounter Xel-Ha

9. FunCat electric catamarans:


If you prefer to be above water, rather than below, then FunCat electric catamarans were made for you! These oversized chaise-lounge boats provide unmatched relaxation while cruising tropical waters. With a little practice anyone, regardless of age or skill, can drive the boat… and it’s a million times better than being worn out on a paddle boat or getting tipped in a kayak!
Rental boats currently available at:

If you're interested in purchasing a FunCat, visit funcats.com!

10. Nautilus semi-sub ride:


It’s not a submarine… It’s not a boat… it’s not a glass bottom boat… it’s a SEMI-SUB! Although this particular unique hybrid vessel is no longer in production, many Nautilus semi-subs still operate today and take thousands of guests on fun and memorable tours every year. During a Nautilus trip, guests can enjoy the view above the surface while lounging on deck, or for a more interesting perspective guests can descend a staircase and claim a window seat that looks out over the underwater world and its colorful inhabitants. Nautilus semi-subs can be found from the Pacific (Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Catalina Island, California) to the Caribbean (Grand Cayman and Belize) and even Korea.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

An Introduction to Sub Sea Systems®



With friends that look like Nemo and Flounder, who wouldn’t want to share the cute little fellas with the world above? It seemed like the only logical thing to do for Sub Sea Systems’ co-founder, Jim Mayfield. He has evolved his passion for the underwater world into a business that incorporates a variety of innovative recreational products and touring activities, as well as an active conservation program.


In 1985, after a couple years in college and an apprenticeship with his inventor father, Mayfield and other business partners founded Sub Sea Systems, Inc. (SSS). The inaugural product line featured submersibles and semi-submersibles of varying sizes designed to dazzle and enlighten tourists of all ages. SSS built the first US constructed commercial vessel that at the time was the first vessel to be purchased in ten years by South Korea. Matt Flynn, director of foreign investment with the State of California Trade and Commerce Agency, stated “South Koreans are big in shipbuilding...the fact that they would import a ship is quite a testament to the quality of work they’re doing at Sub Sea Systems.”


At the end of the nineties, Sub Sea Systems introduced Sea TREK®, a futuristic program thatenables participants to walk underwater
on a fully guided
tour. Although the idea of wearing a seventy-pound helmet may at first sound unappealing, the designers and tech-nicians at SSS were able to work out all the watery kinks and produce an evolved, futuristic version of the original brass diving helmet. The state-of-the-art, injection-molded Sea TREK helmets are placed on the guests’ shoulders as they descend a vertical ladder. As guests become fully submerged in the water, the weight of the helmet becomes just enough to allow guests to comfortably walk along the sea floor. There are no tanks or challenging equipment involved; the helmet is designed for comfort and stability––even when you trek under a sea turtle and gasp! Guests can walk twelve to twenty feet and more under the surface, with a certified staff of Sea TREK Guides and safety personnel.

In 2000, Sub Sea Systems acquired the rights to produce and market the world’s only electrically powered, chaise lounge catamaran–– FunCat. The oversized recliner affixed to two pontoon hulls is powered by remarkably silent electric motors. Two adults can lounge comfortably as the self-maneuverable boat glides easily over the water. The only disruption to the inescapable relaxation of riding the FunCat is deciding who gets to drive! The video game like controllers allow the driver to steer the boat forward, backward, sharp left, sharp right or even in a dizzying full 360º circle. Vacationers can rent FunCats at various destin-ations worldwide; and if a ride is just not enough, the boats are available for purchase too.



In 2007, Mayfield made a cogent step toward connecting the curious tourist with the marine world through collaborative efforts involving Eric Bogden, an extremely well respected marine biologist and marine mammal behaviorist. The two established SHARKS! Interactive, LLC, an interactive program designed to entertain, educate and dispel the misconception about sharks, the most feared predator of the sea. Did you know that you are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark? For those of us who have emotionally survived the reruns of “Jaws,” the idea of commiserating with a gentle nurse shark has merit. That is how SHARKS! came to be; an educational and entertaining encounter with the legends of the sea. Currently operating worldwide, the program has opened the minds of many by holding, touching and exploring with these grand animals.

In the latter part of 2008, Mr. Bogden and Sub Sea Systems collaborated to create the world’s first interactive Sea TREK with dolphins program –– Dolphin TREK®. Dolphin TREK allows guests to experience the dolphin’s world while wearing Sea TREK helmet diving gear. (The dolphins think the guests are pretty funny looking in their astronaut-like helmets!) The duration of the tour is one hour; guests learn to communicate with the majestic animals using hand signals, and observe how they play, jump, dive and make bubbles underwater. While underwater, some guests also receive a dolphin kiss and are escorted back to the entry ladder via dorsal fin!



Sub Sea Systems’ sense of responsibility toward the marine environment, so essential to its success, has lead the company to create Reef Alliance, a program emphasizing conservation awareness, education, and sustainable business practices. Reef Alliance is an ongoing commitment of the company, its licensees and tour operators, the communities they are based in and the guests they bring into the sea. Coral reefs occupy less than one quarter of one percent of the earth’s marine environment, yet they are home to more than a quarter of all known fish species. Participants and communities are educated in how to conserve and respect these thrilling and fragile natural environments. Additionally, Reef Alliance members participate in the annual International Coastal Cleanup (hosted by Ocean Conservancy), and have been responsible for recovering over several thousand pounds of trash and debris from reefs and beaches worldwide.


Sub Sea Systems is an ever evolving, ever reaching marine recreation company; we invite you to join us and explore our world through our stories and photos… and one day, hopefully, through your own experience…





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