Try something different at The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) by joining the fish on the other side of the glass. The Reefwalker experience takes you into AQWA's coral reef tank, and gives a taste of diving without requiring previous diving experience. In a nutshell, they use oxygen lines connected to floating tanks on the water's surface, allowing you to breathe quite freely while you explore the fish, coral, lobsters and even the odd (harmless) ray. All equipment is provided, a full briefing session is given before entering the tank and an instructor is on-hand at all times to guide you through. The total time underwater is about five minutes, but we found it was enough to appreciate the experience and get an idea as to whether we wanted to pursue diving further.
It's a thumbs up for reefwalking (Author's own photo)
Sessions are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October through to April, and do need to be booked in advance. You will be required to fill out a medical form before your session, and if you have any relevant medical conditions, you'll require a certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit to dive. The experience is restricted to those aged over 12 years, with parent/guardian permission required for under 18s.
The cost of the Reefwalker experience is $20 plus admission costs, making it a total of $49 for adults, $37 for children and $41 for concession if booked online. As it includes admission, you're free to visit AQWA before and after your session time. There is plenty to see, and I'd recommend allowing at least an hour and a half to do it properly. While a wetsuit is provided, you may find yourself a little wet afterwards, so I'd suggest bringing a towel along too.
AQWA offers a number of experiences for those wanting to try something different, so if the reefwalker experience isn't your cup of tea, or you fancy something a bit more extensive, consider their swimming with sharks and whale-watching activities. Details are available on their website, and I'm sure they'd be happy to answer any questions if you give them a call.