Scuba Diving

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tropical-fish-256563_640Scuba diving is one of the most magical sports that anyone can participate in.  To start with: scuba stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.  It became a popular sport after Jacques Cousteau and some colleagues got together, after World War II, and developed the regulator.  Quickly, improvements followed and more and more people became enthralled with the sheer fun and excitement of SCUBA.  Now with a few basic skills and courses, available in almost every town, anyone can become a certified diver and enjoy the magic.

The basic skill that I refer to is buoyancy control.  With buoyancy control the dive seems effortless and exhilarating.  Without it there is a lot of wasted energy and the limited amount of underwater time is quickly devoured just trying to stay in place.  It is a skill that is easily learned and well worth the time.  The other skills simply involve using a mask, fins, and breathing through a snorkel.  It sounds so easy, and it is, but some individuals have trouble breathing through a tube.

Next, you replace the snorkel with the regulator and learn to breath through this.  Add weights, for buoyancy control, the buoyancy compensator vest (again for buoyancy control), the tank (to hold the air) and you are ready to dive.  For recreational diving, the depth limits are about 130 ft.  This allows the recreational diver the ability to avoid the necessary decompression that occurs with greater depths.

Now, the diver may descend and enjoy the many wonders of the underwater world.  It is the closest feeling to flying that one can experience without wings, because it is truly a 3-D world down here.  You can go forward, backward, up or down depending on what you want to see.  There are two distinct populations of underwater life.  The “day” shift, and the “night” shift.  So it is very much in your interest to do both.  Explore and test your new skills.  The ocean and its abundance await.  There are corals, small clouds of blue chromis fish, arrow-crabs, sea turtles, giant clams, schools of countless fish and endless variety


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