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Risks And Rewards Of Scuba Diving
By JB Mills
There are people who are closer to the mountains and then there
are people who feel closer to the ocean or the sea. For those
who love the mountains there is rock climbing and for those who
love the oceans, there is scuba diving. Most of the beach towns
in the world have scuba diving on their menu and offer some of
the most exotic views of the ocean world. If you are traveling
to Australia, you will get to see the almost stunning eco system
under the ocean, which is more famous as the Great Barrier Reef.
It supports thousands of marine life and scuba diving is the
only way to reach there. Scuba diving allows you to see a
completely different world separate from the one you live in.
Just because there is an ocean doesn't mean that scuba diving is
easy. You need to gather as much information possible on scuba
diving and regarding the hot spots. You also need to know
swimming. And remember, for starters a shark infested colony
would be the worst place to scuba dive. Scuba diving will open
your eyes to a world that you can only dream of. You can get to
see thousands of varieties of fishes, planktons, corals and many
others. Some of the best diving sites are in the Bahamas,
Australia, Florida, and Mexico, although you can find your own
new scuba diving site almost anywhere in the world except
Antarctica. There you will end up freezing!
Without proper knowledge and training, diving can be a very
dangerous sport. Therefore all commercial diving companies
require certification that their customers have completed at
least some sort of basic diving course. These courses are
available in most of the same areas (and even from the same
companies) that offer the actual scuba diving trips. As a
trainee, you will head out with professional divers who will
take you on multiple training dives. This way, you will become
familiar with equipment and techniques, and eventually earn a
certificate that will allow you to go on for the more serious
Once you have a diving certificate, the opportunities will be
endless. If you want to focus on a particular area, such as
ocean life, you can pick a particular spot which is rich in
marine life. In some of the scuba diving ventures, you can even
swim along with dolphins or other fishes and or get surrounded
by schools of fishes. This can be quite exciting and adventurous
and probably be the best way to spend your vacation.
Alternatively, if you are more interested in exploring, you can
go scuba dive around reefs or caves that will provide amazing
and unspoiled underwater landscapes for you to enjoy.
There are several risks associated with scuba diving, but with
proper training and with good equipment you are not likely to
encounter them. You need to pay close attention to water
pressure during the descent and ascent. You have to time the
changes in pressure accordingly in order to avoid injuries.
Injuries can include damage to the ears and sinuses. Other
problems include hypothermia, which happens in freezing waters
as well as problems with pressurized gas. If you take a diving
course, you will learn how to handle these issues, as well as
how you can prevent them from affecting your dive.
Scuba diving is an immense opportunity and should be enjoyed by
everyone at some point in their life. However, it is not
something that you can simply go out to the ocean and do. It
takes time and preparation to understand the working of the
equipment and the basic diving knowledge to keep you safe.
Ultimately it is worth the effort, and allows for an ocean
experience that you will never forget.
JB Mills is the site owner of Outdoor Adventure