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Synchronized Diving off the Iceberg

by Shayne Benowitz

Backward dive off the iceberg.

Backward dive off the iceberg.

Clearly, our passengers have been inspired by the Beijing Olympics. Today, on the Ultimate Adventure while other swimmers played on the trampoline, the sea teeter-totter, and the iceberg, a family from the Chicago-area put on quite a show.

Synchronized dive off the iceberg.

Synchronized dive off the iceberg.

A father and son duo scaled to the top of the iceberg and managed to balance together at the peak before they dove off in a synchronized forward tuck, completing one revolution, and landing smoothly in the water with minimal splash. Moments later, I noticed a girl at the top of the iceberg who looked poised for her own acrobatics. She dove off performing a twisting dive and landed in the water just as gracefully.

Flying off the iceberg.

Flying off the iceberg.

For the next three hours at Ultimate Adventure Island, the father, along with his son and daughter, completed at least a dozen dives each. There was a handful of more synchronized dives, forward and backward dives, more twists, more turns, and the rest of the customers were wildly entertained. The Chicagoans even stirred a few imitators who attempted their own high dives, but if I had to judge, these newcomer’s marks would not qualify them for the finals.

Of course, you don’t have to be an Olympic hopeful to enjoy the iceberg, and if diving off the top is a bit too death-defying, you can always slide down the side without footholds and still get quite a rush.

Anyone can make it to the top. The trick is to use your muscles the right way and put those strong legs to work immediately. Get your feet firm in a foothold on the blue platform at the base of the ‘berg and then hoist your body forward straightening your legs to stand up. The rest is a piece of cake. Once you’ve made it to the top, take a moment to bask in your accomplishment and enjoy the view!

For more fun in Key West, check out my Key West Attractions Blog!

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer who is working on her debut novel. Shayne can be reached at sbbenowitz@gmail.com.

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