Great experience, Clarence was helpful and friendly both in and out of the water. We had a sunny day, alas we missed the extra experience of the snow, rain or mist. Great to enter the fresh, clean and cold water. I did not notice the...More
We expect all participants to be confident swimmers and to feel comfortable in water. By swimming, we mean being both comfortable in the water as well as being able to propel yourself in the water while maintaining yourself... More
We expect all participants to be confident swimmers and to feel comfortable in water. By swimming, we mean being both comfortable in the water as well as being able to propel yourself in the water while maintaining yourself at the surface. The reason for this is not that there is a lot of actual swimming needed, as the dry suits are very buoyant and there is only a very gentle current that helps to move you along through the rift. We require swimming ability because Silfra is an extreme environment— the water is near freezing and the fissure is in some areas very deep, which could make for a frightening or uncomfortable experience for someone who does not know how to move through water. These requirements need to be met as swimming skills are an extremely strict requirement, from both us and the National Park. Safety is our concern number one and we do not compromise on this. The dry suit one and only purpose is to keep you dry and warm. It is not a life jacket and therefore is not here to help you float. It just does as consequence to its positive buoyancy. As rare as it is, there is always a risk that the suit can leak, and if that happens, it can have consequences on its floating characteristics. If for any reason, the suit was not keeping you buoyant anymore, you need to be able to maintain yourself at the surface while swimming. That is why we require everyone, without exception, to be able to meet the swimming requirements. Therefore, we do not offer any life jacket or buoyancy device. We hope that you understand our concerns.