Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Joe Starks0
Exercise Spotlight: Scuba Diving
Diving underwater has been something humans (and many land animals) have done since prehistoric times and before. There are so many interesting and often tasty things to discover underwater, that it was absolutely natural for many creatures to explore the sea and lakes. In our days, scuba diving has become more of a leisure hobby, than a necessity. It can be incredibly exciting and fun to discover underwater landscapes and to watch an environment that isn’t really suitable for us humans to inhabit. In this article we’ll look at a bit of the history of diving, as well as the benefits and disadvantages that comes with it.
A Brief History of Diving
We are certain that humans dove for shellfish and sponges since prehistoric times. To increase the time these people could spend underwater, they often used hollow reeds as primal snorkel-like devices. The Persians used tortoise shells, which the sliced thinly and polished a lot, to create goggles. Barrels were later used as primitive diving bells.
It was much later, with the invention of the air pump and the oxygen rebreather that humans could spend more than five minutes underwater safely.
It was Cousteau who first created the autonomous diving suits and the air regulator, which allows today’s scuba divers to spend this long under water. Today scuba diving has become a very common hobby all over the world, especially in tourist resorts near the sea.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Scuba Diving
Sadly, spending a lot of time in an environment unfit of human habitation isn’t always the safest and healthiest thing. This is why people need to get the right training to be able to scuba dive as safely as possible. A fully trained diver rarely has any kind of accident or problem when and after diving.
Here are some of the most common disadvantages of scuba diving:
- You should not dive too deep, because you can get seriously ill or even die if you don’t have a decompression chamber available. Our bodies aren’t made to change environment from deep underwater pressure to normal surface pressure quickly. A professional trainer will teach you how to avoid getting decompression sickness.
- Avoid dangerous areas. If you know that there exist dangerous sea animals in the area you want to dive in you should probably rethink. Choose safe places to dive. Safe doesn’t mean it is less beautiful. There exist snakes, fish and jellyfish that can kill or cause incredible pain or scarring if they touch you. That’s without even mentioning sharks!
- Be ready to warm yourself up afterwards. You can catch a nasty cold if you stay to long in the water. Wear a wetsuit when possible and have warm tea/soup and dry clothes ready for after the dive.
- You need strength. Carrying the equipment out of water can be a difficult task, so make sure you are strong enough for it.
- It can be a very expensive sport. Training and the equipment can all cost well over a thousand dollars. Make sure your budget allows it, before you start scuba diving.
Disadvantages aside, there are very good reasons why so many people simply love to scuba dive. Here are some of those benefits that make it so:
- It is adventurous and thrilling. Watching sea animals in their original habitat can be quite enchanting and many undersea areas have a lot of things for you to discover.
- It makes you feel weightless. The water makes you feel so light that the sensation is similar to flying. Only astronauts get to experience something better than this and compared to that scuba diving is both easier and cheaper to do!
- Plenty of resorts offer amazing scuba diving services, which let you see and swim in some of the most beautiful underwater places of the world.
- Above all it is fun! Scuba diving is one of those hobbies that will offer you amazing memories and make you want to relive them over and over again.
All in all, scuba diving is a great hobby for the adventurous among us. It offers you a unique point of view of the natural environment. Scuba diving is the perfect hobby for sea lovers who want some excitement during their swimming holidays.