Breath in the water: Sea walking experience in Jeju
Sea walking is a sport that literally allows you to walk on the sea bed without any special skills. With a helmet connected with a hose that provides oxygen sufficiently, participants can walk under the sea, holding a rope to maintain the balance in the sea. Usually, the helmet prevents the face and hairs from getting wet, while giving a clear view of the ocean filled with marine wonders through glasses attached on the helmet.
Friday June 19th, I got a chance to do Sea Walking at Jeju Ocean Park in Jeju. It would be a bit hard to find the place if you are going there by yourself, but I took a taxi, so it was okay. After I arrived at the place, a staff gave a form to me to fill in my name, email and address. Among all, the email is the most important thing as the staff will send pictures of you doing sea walking to that email afterwards. When the registration process was done, the staff took me to a diving space by a shuttle bus.
You could see bathrooms and a tent near the diving space. Inside the tent, you would find a sitting corner, a hair drying corner and a diving suit corner. Here, the staff would give you the shoes and diving suit that fit your body size. After receiving the diving suit, you could go and get changed at the restrooms nearby. The restrooms were separated for male and female. Inside, they provide a locker for storing clothes and personal stuffs and showering sites, as shown in the pictures. After I got dressed and came outside, the staff explained the important rules before starting the Sea Walking Journey. Basically, you need to understand important hand signs like danger, stop, okay, ready, etc. The good thing about this sea walking is that I did not have to take off my glasses and my hair did not even get wet. Thanks to the helmet, even though it was heavy, I was able to see the sea clearly. All I had to do was to hold the rope which allowed me to walk along the track and enjoy the scenery. The water was warm since it was summer. The thing I was impressed the most was the staff. They were so nice, especially the one who took care of me in the water. He showed me how to make water bubbles while walking along the path.