Scuba Diving is considered
as the number one method to explore the wonders of the underwater
world. Divers using air from a tank or cylinder on their back stay
underwater significantly longer than with holding-breath
used in snorkeling and free-diving. Further have more freedom of
snuba (where the air comes through a long hose from tanks rafts on the
Why are people crazy
brings all divers everyday to enjoy this pastime is the feeling of
adventure and the variety of colorful corals and other
marine organisms. It is also one of the fastest
growing industries that attracts millions of people every year.
We started diving a long time ago (see scuba
diving history). The word
diving is related to swimming underwater, and the word scuba is an
abbreviation for "self-contained
underwater breathing apparatus". It has become
acceptable to refer to scuba as "equipment" or
"apparatus". So, we understand the word Scuba Diving as swimming
underwater using special equipment.
Learning to Dive
Diving has become more safe and easy. It requires a certification, but
in many destinations a little introduction can show you wonders at
depth of 5 to 10 meters /15 to 33 feet. Many couples, families,
children eight years and older, and seniors are already enjoying diving.
the world there are different diving
when you decide to do your diving
courses, the dive shop will help you choose
between the different organizations or agencies that they are
But many people
are afraid of diving
and are not willing to try this wonderful pastime due to their
different personal reasons and even phobias.
As one of our visitors, Carlos Estrada Mellado, once quoted:
activity dreaded by some, but those who dare don’t stop to enjoy
Once you try it, you will plan your future holidays in some beautiful destination for diving.
You also will look to have your own gear.
Equipment used for diving
equipment is what makes diving
unique. Many will think that is too much to carry, but underwater the
diving gear is weightless. Equipment needed for diving:
Mask, Fins, BCD, Tank, Regulator and a weight belt.
dive places rent diving equipment. Dive
like to have their own scuba gear, but all the necessary
equipment can cost you upwards of
$1000. We recommend that you start slow. Go to our Diving Equipment page
to see some tips for when you will buy your diving gear.
When going on vacation and traveling with diving gear, it is important
to know the airline's rules
regarding the transportation of diving equipment. By calling and asking
your travel agent
you will know the size and weight restrictions of your diving
Types of Diving: There are two types
of diving: Recreational and Professional diving.
for the purpose of leisure and
enjoyment. With more education,
training and experience divers can get to a professional level in the
The depth limit for recreational
diving is up to 40 meters/ 133 feet, but it also depends on the
training and the gases used
Ahmed Gabr (Egipt) currently holds the world record for the deepest dive using scuba diving equipment. The dive of 332 meters / 1090 feet beat the previous record set by Nuno Gomes of 318 meters /1043 feet (confirmed). The
total dive time was 15 hours, while the descent took 14
minutes. French diver Pascal Bernabé claims to have dove to 1,083 feet
(330 m) in July, 2005 (unconfirmed).
The above records were set using
'recreational' SCUBA and mixture
gases. Commercial divers can go to depths greater than
500 meters / 1650 feet using specialized commercial and military diving
equipment and support systems.
Professional Scuba Diving: some
may say because they get paid, but it is more due to training,
studies and licenses that divers are called professionals. Professional
divers could hold jobs worldwide as: diving
instructors or assistants, aquarium maintenance, marine biology,
photography, spear fishing, etc.
are a lot of different disciplines in professional
And they go from the simples to more dangerous in nature. From the
simple equipment to specialized and complex equipment. For example,
communication systems that are often required by law in commercial and
Important to remember while Scuba
Remember that being underwater has limits
that professional divers are willing to take. It is important to
remember that recreational
is for fun. Dives between 5 to 20 meters/ 16 to 66 feet can show you
the wonderful world that was once explored by Cousteau. These depths
have the advantage that provides divers with better light, colours and
marine life. Also in shallow dives you will breathe less air from the
tank, making your dive longer and safer.