Hartley's Helmet Diving
(441) 234-2861 or Toll Free 866-836-3989 or Mobile 334-7607
This is the premier family oriented eco-marine encounter. Started in 1930 by Bronson Hartley, his son Greg (and Chris in Nassau) continues the tradition of taming and training fish in the wild. In only 10ft of water you can have your photo taken holding Stormin the Grey Snapper. Your head stays dry wearing a Hartley diving helmet.
Our helmet diving has been a part of Bermuda Tourism for over 56 years. Forget the Bermuda Triangle, the barred windows and lead boots! Shallow water helmet diving is the safest undersea adventure anyone can do, and yet everyone, even certified divers, finds exciting. Fun for the whole family.
Take your helmet diving adventure on the sandy bottom in 10 feet of turquoise water, between coral reefs and waving sea fans will be the highlight of your Bermuda vacation. Tropical parrotfish browse casually about golden heads of coral, just feet away, while beautiful Bermuda angelfish eat right from your hand.
My father, Bronson Hartley, an esteemed marine biologist, came to Bermuda in 1930, from New York city to escape the Depression.At age ten he built his first diving helmet, and perfected his invention during his adolesence.
As a young man he worked with famous marine pioneer and naturalist Dr. William Bebee. In 1947 just after the war he turned his hobby into his profession. At first he used a dive site by Green Bay. Later he dove from Stag Rocks and kept his boat in Flatts Village.
Over the years he enhanced the experience of thousands of visitors to Bermuda. Now I follow in his footsteps by guiding each dive among the waving sea fans and tropical Bermuda fish. His invention, the Hartley Diving Helmet, works like a glass turned upside down in water. There is no Bermuda Triangle mystery here.
There is a constant supply of fresh air pumped from the boat and the excess bubbles freely flow out the bottom. Your head stays dry and you can reach in to touch your face or adjust your glasses. You can even wear your prescription glasses or contact lens.
There is no regulator or snorkel crammed into your mouth, and no mask squeezing your face as in other watersports. You need no lessons or swimming ability-only a bathing suit, a towel and a spirit of adventure.
Because we are helmet diving on the same reef every time, our finny friends have become used to us. There is no net enclosing this interactive eco-friendly tour. Some are so tame they will let you pet and hold them. Tomtates and grunts nibble from the mussel shell you hold, as I take your portrait. We now have a superb digital camera (8megapixel) with a very wide angle lens.
This means we can take family shots.They are put on a CD so you will have them on your Bermuda vacation. There are written messages to identify fish and communicate, so there is very little to remember.
For Bermuda bound visitors, it will be my pleasure to show the fascinating marine world that awaits you. You will love this undersea adventure where you scrutinize the fish from so close that you can count their scales.