Seabob Snorkel Reef Tour Fort Lauderdale
Morning trips are the most convenient time for snorkelers as the water typically is calm and clear. Cruise with a maximum of 8 guests total, 4 per seabob. Ride duration is approximately 1 hour. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure time for a brief orientation, 30-minute instructional session on how to properly use your seabob, and a safety briefing. Proper swimwear is required for riders. The use of wet suits, wetsuit boots, and non-swimwear attire are not permitted and may cause your trip to be cancelled.
Once on board each seabob, the crew will give riders their first ride lesson and provide snorkel gear for both the first and second person on board. Riders will then be asked to stay seated during the ride. The seabobs will move forward by water pressure and are solely powered by their riders. The seabobs are capable of moving in head high water for extended distances, but due to the subtropical nature of the coral, we recommend riders remain seated at all times. Seabob riders can contact the boat crew at any time to report any problems or concerns, including problems with water conditions, or being uncomfortable with current conditions on board.
The seabob, known as the "Sea Phantom" was designed by Nathan Downey and brought to the public in 1985 by the renowned CBS News team of David Hartman, David Smith and Jim Naureckas. In 1986 the Downey Manufacturing Company was established and the company began to produce seabobs, which became quite popular in Australia, Japan and Italy. Today, the seabob is still in service at A&E television's "Dive Team", Discovery Channel's "Underwater" and has been featured in countless magazine articles, newspapers and TV shows including CNN, Fox News, The Today Show and America's Next Top Model. The seabob was named the "Best Invention" by the International Association for Disabled Sailing in 1994 and in 1995 was featured on the BBC for "Tomorrow's World".
It is best to get training before you start riding, because it may take you a few times before you really get used to how the seabob will move and react. It is recommended that anyone who is going to ride a seabob should wear protective gear. Wearing a lifejacket would be ideal, as the extra weight will help keep the rider steady on the device. When you approach the seabob, it is recommended that you wear footwear, as the floor of the device can be slippery due to waves and water. The seabob, due to its motion through water, has a high chance of getting water on it and inside it if there is any kind of wave action whatsoever.