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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Common questions and misconceptions about the SeaTREK experience

Kids can sea trek

SeaTREK is an amazing underwater adventure! Rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor for St. Maarten, Grand Cayman, and Lanzarote, Spain, SeaTREK helmet diving gives travelers the chance to walk underwater without any diving or swimming experience. It’s often rated a “bucket list” item for adventurers! From cruise ship passengers to aquarium visitors, SeaTREK is an attraction meant for just about everyone. In fact, since its inception in 1999, there have been nearly 3 million visitors to walk underwater via SeaTREK!

With any unique activity, there are many questions asked by potential participants. We have gathered some of these often asked questions and provided answers that will hopefully quell any misconceptions about TREKking, and answer important queries regarding everything from appropriate attire to safety concerns.

Q: What is the age limit/weight limit on SeaTREK?
A: Participants as young as 8 can SeaTREK! There is no weight limit.

Q: Do I have to know how to swim?
A: You do not need to know how to swim to TREK! Guests should be comfortable in the water, but no swimming skills are required.

Q: Does water get inside the helmet?
A: Water does not enter the helmet. You will not even get your hair wet!

Q: How deep is the water?
A: The depth varies by location. The deepest SeaTREK location operates at 30 feet (10 meters).

Q: Can I wear contact lenses or glasses?
A: Yes, you can wear prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses during the SeaTREK tour. You remain completely dry from the shoulders up.

sea trekkers have a visit with a turtle

Q: Are there sharks?
A: We cannot guarantee that there are no sharks in the ocean. We can tell you, however, is that the chances of seeing a shark are very rare! There is a wide variety of fish and sea life for you to observe.

Q: How heavy is the helmet?
A:  The SeaTREK helmet weighs approximately 70 lbs (32 Kgs) above water, while beneath the surface the weight is about 15 lbs (7 Kgs).

Q: How can I possibly hold a 70 lb. helmet on my head?
A: You will never feel the full weight of the helmet due to the way you enter the water. Most SeaTREK locations use a ladder to enter the water. As you climb down the ladder a surface attendant lowers the helmet onto your shoulders; the weight of helmet is not fully released until you are comfortably underwater. And once underwater, the helmet only weighs 15 lbs (7 kgs).

Q: How do you stay down on the ocean floor? Won’t I just float up to the top?
A: The weight of the helmet keeps you comfortably walking on the seafloor. As long as you remain walking upright, there’s no chance of floating up!

Q: Can you do Sea TREK while pregnant?
A: Unfortunately, no. We do not recommend you try SeaTREK if you are beyond the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Q: Do I need water shoes to do my TREK?
A: No, you do not need to bring water shoes to your TREK. Some locations require that you wear special shoes, such as dive booties or Crocs, and they will provide them for you.

Q: Do I need a diver certification?
A: No. You do not need to know how to dive or have any certification to participate.

Q: Can I bring my own camera?
A: Most tours allow you to bring your own underwater camera! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to take a sea life selfie! Some tours provide a professional photographer that will take your pictures for you, and make them available for purchase after your tour.

Q: How do I find out if SeaTREK is available at my vacation destination?
A: Visit: for a map of SeaTREK locations.

Do you have more questions about SeaTREK? Visit the website, Facebook or for more information.

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