A New Jersey scuba diver gets a new life at SeaWorld Orlando
A scuba dive instructor at Sea World Orlando says he’s glad he didn’t spend time in a hospital for his injuries.
Jason Eason was at the Orlando theme park Friday for the premiere of “Dive, Dive” and was at Seaworld for the second time in two days.
“I’m really glad I got to go to Orlando and be part of this event, I thought it was a great opportunity to meet a lot of the guests,” Eason told CBC News.
“It’s definitely a good experience and a good thing.”
SeaWorld Orlando opened in 2004 and now has more than 300,000 guests annually.
It opened the first two parks in Orlando in 2012.
In the last 10 years, the park has expanded its activities to include scuba and other underwater experiences, including a new underwater adventure park and an underwater museum.
“The idea of the underwater environment is just to be able to have the guests experience the underwater experience in a way that they haven’t experienced before,” Easley said.
“So that’s a pretty unique experience and I’m excited about that.”
The two-year-old Eason, who is a diver for SeaWorld, was working on a dive at the new attraction when he was injured on June 4, 2016.
A video of the incident shows Eason being dragged into the water and later falling into the pool below.
He was rushed to a local hospital and is recovering.
“Jason was in great spirits,” SeaWorld spokesman Matt O’Connor said in a statement.
“His medical team worked tirelessly over the next two days to ensure he was well and that his safety was guaranteed.”
Sea World says it has been working with the city to secure the water to accommodate the scuba training, and that it will also provide the pool with additional security and a secure area.
SeaWorld officials say the hospital visit was necessary for the health of Eason and his family.