Unless you live under a rock or in a secluded forest without access to the Internet, you’ve definitely noticed that scuba diving has become one of the most popular water sports in our country. Those who’ve already enriched their lives with this unique underwater experience say that they will never forget the excitement and awe they felt when they immersed in the water for the very first time in their lives.
If you want to learn a bit more about scuba diving before you start looking for courses online, you are exactly where you need to be. Here are some of the most interesting facts about this amazing underwater adventure.
- The term ‘scuba’ is in fact an acronym which stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus – SCUBA.
- The Aqua Lung, which is the first truly effective rebreathing device and the open circuit breathing system in use today, was invented in the year of 1943 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau (a French explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, photographer, author, and researcher) and Emile Gagnan (a French engineer). This invention pushed diving into the mainstream, giving people from all the corners of the world the precious chance to experience the magic of an oceanic wilderness.
- A set of scuba gear must include a mask, a snorkel, an exposure suit, fins, and of course life-support equipment (a buoyancy control device, a diving regulator, and a dive computer).
- Many scuba divers add dive torches to their scuba diving equipment. A dive light is an indispensable item of scuba diving gear when scuba diving at night because the diver needs light to navigate through the water, see their gauges, and observe all the wonderful forms of marine life. Rechargeable dive torches are the ideal option for many scuba divers because they pay for themselves when used frequently and are a better choice environmentally.
- Unlike what lots of people think, a person doesn’t have to be an excellent swimmer to learn to dive. Many diving instructors say that an individual’s diving abilities aren’t necessarily related to their swimming abilities. They say that swimming underwater isn’t the same as swimming at the water surface. So yes, one doesn’t have to be Michael Phelps to experience the beauty of scuba diving.
- Believe it or not, aquatic life isn’t dangerous. As long as the scuba diver follows the simple 3T rule (don’t touch, take, or tease) they will be absolutely fine. Well, unless they’re diving with piranhas.
- The most important rules of scuba diving are: get proper training; don’t dive alone; stay in good physical shape; don’t hold your breath; check your gear; relax; and plan your dive.