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09-17-2003, 06:10 PM
There are 3 activities that I would like to do with DD9. Parasailing, Banana Boat and Snorkeling. I'm thinking even I can't swim well, Parasailing in mostly in the air, I may get dunk but I'm ok if it's a quick dunk. Snorkeling, with the life vest and fins, I think I can float along (are there anything to grab on to rest if I get too tired?). Now Banana Boat, I'm not sure? What are the chances of falling into water? Do you wear life jacket? Andy, if you are reading this, I know you went in after Angelina. Was it because she couldn't get back on herself? Neither DH or I swim and I don't want my DD to miss these activities because she doesn't have an adult to go with.


09-17-2003, 06:35 PM
When you're snorkeling, there's really no place to grab onto when you're tired - all below you is coral (Some being fire coral which burns you if you touch it) so you can't touch the ground and you have nothing to hold onto - Although, yes you do have the lifejacket and fins, you do get tired and every now and then you'll get a mouthful of saltwater

I was a first-timer Snorkeling on my cruise last year, we did it four times and each time you get better, but it's tiring no matter what. Regardless, i think it's totally worth it to go snorkeling because you get to see a bunch of amazing colorful fish and depending where you go, you might see a small shark or an eel (I saw both, i feel very lucky!)

I've never gone on a banana boat or parasailing, so i can't quite help ya there! sorry!

09-17-2003, 07:03 PM
You can definitely fall off the banana boat, but you wear a life vest that will keep you afloat. They will immediately stop the boat for you. Just be careful if you wear contact lenses. My husband loves the banana boat, but on one ride he fell off and lost a lens!
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Verandah Man
09-17-2003, 08:01 PM
Although both Angelina and I can swim, I told myself before we left the shore, if I saw her fall in, I was going in after her. I didn't want to leave her out there floating around by herself. I know, I'm an over protective dad, but she's my baby, that's why I had her in front of me on the BB. I'm not a light person, and my life vest kept me afloat. I only went underwater when I first fell off the BB. We were floating around for a few minutes, while the boat turned around and came back to pick us up. Like was stated above, don't wear contacts or eyeglasses, or anything else you do not want to lose.

09-17-2003, 08:42 PM

I am not a swimmer either (okay...I do a mean doggy-paddle!!) and I've done the snorkeling and the parasail. Here's my take on both.

Snorkeling: No, you don't have anything to hold on to when you get tired, but there is a beginner "trail" and an advanced "trail." You can try the beginner trail and if you feel more confident, then try the advanced. You do have a life jacket and it's really cool... it's flat, but you can inflate it if you want to...the first time I had the sucker blown up...then as I became more comfortable, I'd let alittle of the air out. I stopped several times and "just floated."

At one point I got water in my mask and my contacts were bothering me, so I paddled over to one of the life guards and asked if I could wipe my eyes on their towel... he was a little reluctant, but I guess I looked really desperate (and not too germy). A quick wipe and I was off again! And after drinking a Konk Kooler, I was fully confident that I could swim to Cuba!

Parasailing: You are wearing a life preserver and are securely harnessed. I started out being scared to pieces, but by my turn, I was excited!! Once I started up, a sense of peace came over me. It was so beautiful, quiet, and awesome!!! Just to let you know...I got "dunked" three times (and a partial little tease dunk). They pretended to dunk me as they were sending me up...then they actually did a little dunk. On the way down, two more dunks. But it was no big deal... you don't get fully dunked (head under)...just legs and maybe butt.

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them from a "non-swimmer" point of view.

Hope you have fun!!

09-18-2003, 09:20 AM
Thank you all for taking your time to reply. I think as long as I have the life vest, I'll be OK. calling today to book Banana boat and parasailing today. Less than 60 days!!

Thanks again


09-18-2003, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by spoon2003
Thank you all for taking your time to reply. I think as long as I have the life vest, I'll be OK. calling today to book Banana boat and parasailing today. Less than 60 days!!

Thanks again

Good choice on the parasailing.....you will have an awesome view of the island and the water below at about 500 to 600 feet high.....the boat has about 1200 feet of line on it, but, I believe the highest that they will let you up is 1000 feet.....Andy