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Monday, February 24, 2014

Sea TREK Helmet Diving — A Brief History Infographic

This historical information is credited to Dive Training MagazineAlex Brylske, and Diving Heritage. This is a very brief history of shallow water helmet diving. There are countless other stories and innovations along the way. For more information please refer to our sources. There are some pretty amazing stories.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fun! Bucket List Survey

What is a bucket list? This is a question we have been pondering lately. Recently Lesley Carter wrote a Blog about her experience at Sea TREK with Sharks in Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas. Her blog is called bucket list publications and she is a travel writer who experiences many ‘bucket list’ activities and regales her adventures to her large group of followers.

This bucket list check off — for Lesley — was very scary because she did SeaTREK with sharks. Imagine coming face to face with a beautiful, mysterious shark while you are standing on the floor of an immense aquarium. That’s is exactly what Lesley Carter did. You can read her experience in her own words here.

So what is a bucket list? A bucket list is a checklist of all of the things you’d like to do before you —Well— kick the bucket. Reading more about bucket lists, and thinking of what our bucket list items are has made us ask the question: What does an individual include on his or her bucket list?

Some things are goal oriented for example: run a marathon, lose weight, or get a doctorate, while others are based on possession: own a house, restore a 1966 Ford Mustang, or buy a horse ranch. Then there is always travel and experience: Eat gelato on the Spanish steps in Italy, Sea TREK in Gran Canaria, Spain, Swim with Sharks in Jamaica, or ride a FunCat in the Gulf of Mexico. But reading about Lesley’s experience made it very clear that a lot of people are highlight facing their fears as an essential qualification for a bucket list item. Whether it is an extreme sport like base jumping and hang-gliding, or swimming with Stingrays, and SeaTREK helmet diving in the open ocean— facing your fears is empowering, invigorating, and a definite frontrunner for bucket list planning. Who would not want to face their fears before they kick the bucket?

Be sure to check out our bucket list Pinterest board and see if you can find some inspiration. The first step to a bucket list is to write down your goals. Pinterest provides a very beautiful application for a visual reminder of your dreams. Try it out, and follow SeaTREK’s boards while you are at it.

Follow Sea TREK® Helmet Diving's board Bucket List! on Pinterest.

Make sure to check out our fun survey about your bucket list plans. We hope you share your stories, and plans with us. Please enjoy, and happy adventures!

Click here to take our bucket list survey

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Take your love deeper!

Are you planning a romantic date for Valentine’s Day?  Make this Valentine’s date one your loved one will NEVER forget!

A romantic candlelit dinner, a bouquet of roses, and a box of chocolates are the go-to gifts for any hopeless romantic. Imagining stars in his or her eyes, as you hold hands over lobster, seems like the by the books plan for this special holiday. BUT, what if the stars you see in his or her eyes are the reflections of starfish? What if this year you took the love of your life on a Sea TREK helmet diving tour? Chocolates and roses can’t even begin to compete with this experience of a lifetime!

You and your loved one will bond through the ultimate interaction. Imagine taking your first breath below the surface of the water together, and experiencing the wonder of this virtually weightless and magical world. The memory of your lobster dinner will be as faded as the long-stem, red roses after Valentine’s Day has passed, but the memory of Sea TREK will be as bright and fresh as if it was just yesterday. AND to remind your loved one of this incredibly thoughtful and special date, have the experience filmed on a GoPro; you can relive the adventure for years to come, just as if you were there. Your grandkids, and great-grandkids will share the story of how you and your partner walked under the sea, holding hands on Valentine’s Day. What a way to treasure your underwater love story!

Depending on your Sea TREK destination, you and your loved may interact with sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, dolphins, and even an immense variety of colorful reef fish. Some locations even have moray eels and sea urchins, and others boast octopus, squid, sea lions or barracudas! Sea TREK has nearly 40 locations worldwide with new locations opening every year. Sea TREK tours can be experienced in an enclosed aquarium environment, in the open sea, or in natural lagoons with stingrays or dolphins. Any of these experiences are guaranteed to excite! Take your love deeper and walk with your Valentine under the sea!

To make your date even sweeter, Sea TREK has found some romantic deals for you at our locations worldwide. Check out these deals, and be sure to add Sea TREK to your itinerary!

Sea TREK with Stingrays at Xcaret Park, Riviera Maya, Mexico! Experience the velveteen stingrays as you walk and breathe underwater —hand in hand. 10% off if you book online now!

Dolphin TREK at Xel-Há in Riviera Maya, Mexico is offering a 10% discount if you book online now! Meet and interact with dolphins in their natural environment. You’ll LOVE it!

Thinking of getting married? Miami Seaquarium has packages for weddings and events. Imagine getting married with the backdrop of an aquarium! Be sure to Sea TREK on your honeymoon!

UnderWater World in Guam is transforming for Valentine’s Day! They are calling it the tunnel of love. Dine in an aquarium, and then Sea TREK with UnderWater World’s fabulous sea creatures!

Resort World Sentosa is offering an amazing 4-course gourmet dinner in their Ocean restaurant by Cat Cora. Watch the giant rays and reef fish swirl around the world’s largest aquarium while you dine on the finest flavor fusions. Then head to Sea TREK and meet the rays and fish, face-to-face!

If you want to renew your vows this Valentine’s Day, Coral World Ocean Park can become your event destination. With its beautiful location and expansive activities, your vows will be renewed in style! Reaffirm your love with a Sea TREK heart kiss photo!

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai has a fabulous Valentine’s Day meal planned in its Aquarium windowed restaurant. Make sure to Sea TREK with Sharks and your partner to take your love deeper.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Sea TREK

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Love Stories and Romantic Proposal concepts in honor of Valentine's Day

To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day — which is just around the corner, FYI — Sub Sea Systems is sharing some incredible stories, romantic concepts, and a variety of unique products that can make any proposal extraordinary.

Sea TREK helmet diving programs —worldwide— have had the pleasure of being involved in some spectacular proposals.

In 2013, happily in-love couple Denise and Brad attended Coral Con and decided to visit Discovery Cove Orlando. Brad arranged for the two to snorkel and swim with dolphins, and planned a special surprise for the end of the day– a SeaVenture tour with a little twist. The couple entered the SeaVenture area, excited to try Sea TREK and explore the incredible Grand Reef. Their excitement continued throughout the tour as they interacted with stingrays, schools of fish and other unique animals in the teeming reef.  Near the end of the tour Brad motioned to the Guide that he needed to borrow his magnetic writing board. Denise had a fleeting pang of anxiety as she thought something was wrong with Brad… until he wrote, “Will you marry me?” and got down on one knee. Being unable to speak to him, she took the board, quickly swiped it clean and wrote one word… “YES!” Read more about this sweet proposal here.

Sea LIFE Manchester — one of Sea TREK’s newest locations — also had the opportunity to be a part of a surprise underwater proposal. The staff was clued into the plan several weeks before it actually happened… and on the day of the event, they were almost more excited and nervous than the gentleman, Andy, himself!  Caught on video, the starry-eyed couple is seen experiencing Sea TREK in the unique Sea LIFE aquarium, as they’re surrounded by hundreds of fish, several sharks, rays and even the infamous, camera-hungry ‘Ernie’ the giant green sea turtle. As the lovers reach the end of the tour, before exiting, their Guide stops them and pulls out a large message in a bottle. Andy takes the message, unrolls it and holds it out for his future-bride to read. It says, ‘Kate, Will you marry me?’ The couple embraces (kissing with their Sea TREK helmets on) and in a classic “OKAY” hand signal, Kate shows the camera her answer. Spying from the other side of the acrylic, the rest of the Sea TREK staff members cheer with joy, some even teary-eyed. It was an emotional, exciting day for all involved! Watch the video, and maybe you will decide a Sea TREK proposal is the right way for you to pop the question!

Marriage proposals are very special. They signify the start of a shared life, the combining of families, and are a testament to true love. If you are struggling to come up with a special memorable way to ask that very important question, Sub Sea Systems has some really wonderful products to help make that moment especially unique.

Sea TREK is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you want to pull out all the stops and inundate your future fiancée’s senses, Sea TREK is an extraordinary way to accomplish this feat. Your fiancée will be fascinated by the patterns of light streaming through the water’s surface, sparkling on the sand. He or she will be virtually weightless walking on the bottom of the sea, with cool air blowing on his or her face. Effervescent bubbles will create musical sounds, and the sea life will swim all around stimulating sight and touch. This is the moment to fill your fiancées heart to the brim! Propose in this underwater realm, and you can be certain that the moment will be one they’ll never forget… AND how could he or she say anything but YES!

If you’d prefer to stay above water, our FunCat electric catamarans also provide a unique and romantic environment for your proposal. Imagine relaxing, cuddled up next to your loved one as you sway in the gentle waves. The blue-green water reflects glittering light, as the sun warms your skin. What an intimate and peaceful setting to pop the question! Whether you and your fiancée go fishing in the quiet of dawn floating on your FunCat, or you ride the FunCat to a secluded beach with a picnic, it is clear FunCat electric catamarans allow for private moments on the water… and the possibilities are endless! A proposal on a FunCat guarantees you and your fiancée will be the only two people in that special moment.

To help you plan your proposal, Sub Sea Systems has found some fabulous deals! Check out the links below, and if Sub Sea Systems is a part of your special day please send us your stories!

Discovery Cove Orlando offers packages for proposals here
Coral World Ocean Park is offering an activity discount if you like them here

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