Q: What is BOSS?
A: BOSS is an acronym for Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter. BOSS is a unique and very exciting underwater motor scooter which works with the bell theory. Remember in school when you would turn a glass upside down in a sink of water and no water would enter the glass? It's the same concept with the BOSS unit. As we descend you, a seal is formed and you are dry inside the bubble!
Q: Is this the same thing as BOB?
A: It is the exact same thing as BOB (Breathing Observation Bubble); in fact we are the original BOB Underwater Adventure. We changed our tour name because B.O.S.S. (Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter) is a better acronym to describe our tour.
Q: How long have you been operating?
A: Aqua Adventures has been operating in St. Thomas since 2002. We have safely taken over 100,000 guests on the BOSS Underwater Adventure.
Q: Do I need to know how to swim?
A: You do not need to know how to swim to participate in the BOSS Underwater Adventure. The staff are all certified Dive Masters and Dive Instructors; they will be with you throughout the tour. They will bring the BOSS unit to you at the back of the vessel and help you in and out of the unit. You are NEVER left alone.
Q: Can anyone do the BOSS Underwater Adventure?
A: We have a minimum age of 10 and a minimum height of 4 feet. As long as a person is in good physical health and can complete a medical questionnaire, they will be a perfect candidate for BOSS.
Q: Can I wear glasses or contact lens?
A: Absolutely! You will have to hold your glasses in your hand when you put your head in the bubble but then you can put your hands inside the spacious bubble and put your glasses back on. Contacts are fine as well. Just keep your eyes closed and the diver will guide you into the unit.
Q: How deep do you go?
A: We keep the area affected by pressure (head, sinuses, lungs) at 7-8 feet at all times. This is less then the deep end of the swimming pool behind your house! The BOSS unit is connected to a floating buoy with a line. Once we descend the BOSS unit, you will never go any deeper than the length of the line.
Q: Can the BOSS Unit tip over? ?
A: The BOSS unit will never tip over. The bubble produces 110 lbs. of buoyancy. Once we add the scuba tank, a 12-volt battery and 60 lbs. of lead weight, the unit now has 2 equal opposing forces. The BOSS unit is completely neutral.
Q: This product is so new, are you sure it will work?
A: The BOSS unit has been around for 13 years and in 10 locations throughout the world. The Navy has even used it for exploration and research. Millions of people have experienced the fun without incident.
Q: Does the engine harm the environment?
A: The BOSS unit is completely environmentally friendly. The unit is not propelled by an engine but uses a 12 volt battery and a switch. Therefore, there are not any emissions going into the water at all.
Q: How do you prevent the BOSS from banging into the reefs?
A: We are very supportive of the health of our reefs and the environment and would never permit this to happen. The BOSS tour is guided and conducted in groups of 8-10 people at one time. Each group is accompanied by 4-5 certified dive masters and a predetermined route is followed.
Q: How do I book the BOSS Underwater Adventure?
A: If you are cruising on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines or Princess Cruise Lines, we ask you book with the cruise line directly. We suggest you pre-book to insure availability. There are two ways to pre-book, online through the cruise line web site or you can call their reservation number.
Q: What if BOSS is not offered on our Cruise Line?
A: If you are cruising on a ship that does not offer BOSS, please contact us directly at (340) 777-3549.
Q: What if we are staying on St. Thomas?
A: If you are staying on St. Thomas, you can contact us directly at (340) 777-3549.