Life has certainly not been boring since I got back from holiday – I’d only been back a couple of days when I was off to London for the weekend. Then, I was working in Leeds for a couple of days last week, so I feel like I’ve been living out of a case lately. I’ll be posting more about my trip to Abu Dhabi later in the week, including a round up of things to do there. But today I’m sharing my experience of trying out the Seabreacher at London’s Victoria Docks.
This all came about as a result of an opportunity posted in a Facebook bloggers’ group before Christmas. The team at Predator Adventures were preparing to launch the UK’s first Seabreacher and looking for people to come along and try it. Although I didn’t make any official New Year’s resolutions I’d decided to push my boundaries and try as many new experiences as possible. When I saw the video footage on the Predator Adventures website I knew this would certainly put my nerves to the test!
The Seabreacher is the most advanced submersible watercraft to come from Innespace Productions in Redding, California. Powered by a 260 hp supercharged engine, it combines nature and machine to mimic the tail articulation of real aquatic animals like the killer whale. The Seabreacher can reach speeds of up to 60mph (100km/h) on the surface and 30mph (60 km/h) below. Without a doubt, the most exciting part of the ride is diving down to blast out of the water vertically! I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but it was so much fun!
During the safety briefing beforehand I was reassured that if I felt ill at any time I could tell the pilot who would slow down, or stop if necessary. The cockpit is very compact, and there is only room for one person behind the pilot. You’re advised to wear comfortable clothes, so I wore jeans and trainers with light layers as it was quite a cool day. Adam, who was at the controls, opened the F-16 fighter-grade glass cockpit a couple of times to let some air in as it’s quite cramped inside. The great thing is that you don’t get wet, not even a drop of water touched me. It’s definitely the most fun you can have in the water without getting wet!
If you’re looking for a unique experience gift for someone who loves an adrenaline rush, a ride on the Seabreacher would be perfect. You can book a 20 or 30 minute ride, or even share a 30 minute slot with someone with the Dare to Conquer for 2 offer. Alternatively, you can purchase an open dated gift card. While in the area you could top it all off with a ride across the river to Greenwich on the Royal Docks cable car as the terminal is just a few steps from the Seabreacher entry point 🙂
Disclaimer: I was offered a ride on the Seabreacher in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest and unbiased.