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Clear Lounge underwater oxygen bar is a real gas

Clear Lounge underwater oxygen...
Participants wear special helmets into which scented oxygen is pumped
Participants wear special helmets into which scented oxygen is pumped
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Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar can walk around on the bottom of a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water
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Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar can walk around on the bottom of a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water
Participants wear special helmets into which scented oxygen is pumped
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Participants wear special helmets into which scented oxygen is pumped
Participants can interact and communicate with viewers outside the tank
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Participants can interact and communicate with viewers outside the tank
There are a variety of activities to do inside the tank, such as shooting bubble guns at targets
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There are a variety of activities to do inside the tank, such as shooting bubble guns at targets
Participants can play underwater Jenga
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Participants can play underwater Jenga
There is an underwater photo booth at Clear Lounge, which Sub Sea Systems claims is a world first
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There is an underwater photo booth at Clear Lounge, which Sub Sea Systems claims is a world first
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If you like your nights out unusual, then look no farther. Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar in Cozumel, Mexico, are submerged in a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water while scented oxygen is pumped into their diving helmets. If that sounds mundane, then there's underwater Jenga to keep you occupied.

The company behind Clear Lounge is Sub Sea Systems, which was also responsible for the helmets used at the TechnoMarine underwater nightclub. The diving helmets used at Clear Lounge are an evolution of those.

Prior to being submerged, visitors must watch a five-minute briefing video and safety review. They then select the aromatherapy scent that they wish to have mixed with their oxygen, before entering the tank via a vertical ladder.

As participants lower themselves into the water, a staff member places one of the special helmets over their head. The helmets can be used by non-swimmers, and they encapsulate the wearer's head with the oxygen being pumped in. The sensation of breathing the oxygen is described as "invigorating."

Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar can walk around on the bottom of a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water
Visitors to the Clear Lounge bar can walk around on the bottom of a 13,000-gal (59,100-l) tank of water

Once a participant has descended fully into the tank, they can stand on the floor and walk about. It's possible to interact with spectators outside the tank through the glass, play underwater Jenga, and shoot bubble guns at targets. There's also an underwater photo booth, which Sub Sea Systems claims is another world first. The whole experience lasts for 20 minutes.

Clear Lounge opened in April this year, with experiences starting at US$38. The idea and technology can be bought or licensed by other venues.

The video below provides an overview of the Clear Lounge experience.

Source: Clear Lounge

Clear Lounge in Cozumel

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sk8dad
It has been my experience that swimming pools at tourist traps and cruise ports of call often suffer from water clarity issues. One could perhaps theorize the contribution of hundreds of sweaty tourists drinking untold gallons of beer and margaritas on the water quality--especially at spring break meccas such as Cozumel. Immersion in such pools seem unwise to begin. Now lets pump some questionable gas along with mystery scent particals into one's helmet. All of this is taking place in a country famous for corruption and lack of effective regulation. Who knows when the moldy air filter was last replaced. I'm amazed at what elaborate ways people are willing to part with their money.