Hello again folks. In this blog I am going to talk about an adventurous sport participated in by many people around the world. Scuba diving. Some people just have a dabble while on holiday while others take the sport much more seriously and dive at every chance they get. This post will just give you a basic overview of the sport and what to expect should you choose to have a go yourself.

"Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus," or scuba for short, is the name for the basic equipment that enables a human to extended underwater activities. Scuba diving, as it is commonly known, is a common activity to engage in while on a seaside holiday in warmer climates. Even for those who have no scuba experience, there is usually a beginners “try dive” on offer in shallow water or the hotel pool. Once you have undertaken a basic scuba course, you are then able to partake in supervised diving activities in open water up to a maximum depth dictated by both your level of qualification and the diving operator. Many people take up scuba diving as a more permanent sport, develop their skills, obtain further qualifications and even become instructors. Many people base their holidays around the sport, travelling to far flung locations to dive in warmer waters with exotic sealife and coral. Check out this website to learn more about the sport in general: https://www.padi.com/

The extensive training that a scuba diver must go through is not only preparing them for a truly rewarding experience but also giving them a life skill. Many of the skills taught and practised in scuba diving, such as organisation, planning, safety and teamwork can be directly transferred to one’s everyday life.

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Preparation

This is the most important part of the diving experience, if also the least exciting. This is where the dive location and plan are discussed. Such things weather, water conditions and visibility will be discussed, as well as the seabed topography, maximum depth of the dive, dive time, direction and route of the dive, who is leading the dive, exit and entry points, what to do in the case of emergencies etc. Dives are either conducted as a group or in pairs (more commonly known as buddies). This is planning and preparation phase is when you can ask any questions or pose any queries you may have about the dive to the dive leader or organiser. Everything that is discussed will be essential to the safety and success of your dive. Nothing should be left to chance when it comes to potentially hazardous activity such as scuba diving. You should absorb all the info disclosed and make a mental note of it all.  

Equipment

Equipment briefing and familiarisation is all part of the scuba training packages but is also refreshed before each and every dive. Equipment is broken down into categories such as basic, protective, safety, breathing, and ancillary. Whilst “kitting up” before a dive, you will familiarise your designated dive partner or buddy with your equipment and vice versa before every dive in case of emergencies. When first learning to dive, most people rent or use the equipment provided by the diving school. At some point you may wish to buy your own kit. It doesn’t have to be brand new. There is a lot of used second hand scuba equipment available for sale online. You can check out this website for some great deals: Scuba Diving

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Practice

Not every dive will be perfect and although you may not strictly find yourself in danger, mistakes will be made that you have to learn from and correct. First time divers often struggle with buoyancy control and it can take a number of dives to master this. Your dive leaders and instructors will closely supervise during the early stages of diving offer support, advice and correction where necessary.

Wreck Diving

This when I dive involves investigating a shipwreck on the seabed. This could include “penetration” or actually going inside the wreck. This is excellent fun and one hell of an experience but can be potentially hazardous. All safety precautions and a thorough dive plan should be adhered to.

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Debrief

Following every dive there will be a debrief that you will be expected to attend. Any points to note from the dive will be discussed. It is important to log the details of your dive in your Dive Log Book. Details such as the date, location, time, conditions, max-depth and points of note should be recorded. This will show how your level of experience has grown over time.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to your local dive club or school and get involved. It is an extremely rewarding sport that you won’t regret getting involved in. Speak soon!