Scuba Diving for Beginners

By , May 20, 2013 9:25 am

Around 70% of the world is made up of water, so for those who want to explore the world there’s only one place to start. Scuba diving is a safe, fun way to discover marine life you’ve only heard about.

Scuba diving is great stress relief and requires you to concentrate completely on what you’re doing. This means there simply isn’t room in your head to think about that deadline at work, or the argument you’ve just had with your spouse. Diving also helps you to improve your concentration and coordination while appreciating the beauty around you.

Scuba diving is a great way to work out without feeling like you’re exercising. Swimming is an excellent non-impact activity, and one of the best aerobic and anaerobic exercises we can do. Diving also forces you to focus on keeping your breathing slow and deep so you’re body learns to use oxygen more efficiently.

Get Certified

If scuba diving sounds like something you’d like to try, sign up for an introductory dive. Before diving in the ocean you’ll learn in a pool which will allow you to become comfortable with breathing underwater and learn the techniques and signals necessary for you to dive safely.

If you’ve enjoyed your introductory dive you can take a PADI open water course, which is the most popular diving course available and recognizable around the world. This course is a made up of both online and practical learning, and you’ll soon be putting your new skills to the test in the open water.

Where to Dive?

Arguably the most well-known dive spot in the world is the Great Barrier Reef, off the east coast of Australia. The largest reef in the world and visible even from space, the Great Barrier Reef has some of the most unique marine life in the world and diving to suit both beginner and more experienced divers. If scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list you better get there soon though, as climate change and pollution has had a huge impact on the reef with much of the coral dying or becoming bleached.

Namena Reef in Fiji is another spot famous with scuba divers and compared to many other reefs it’s in exceptionally good condition-mostly due to the Fijian chiefs who have been protecting it. Known as the “soft coral capital of the Pacific”, the Fijian islands are some of the most varied around, with conditions to suit nearly everyone.

If you’re looking for incredible visibility, head to the Red Sea in Egypt. There you’ll find an extremely accessible reef and visibility from twenty to thirty meters. The coral there is also in great condition as the water temperatures remain stable due to the surrounding desert.

If you’ve been thinking about scuba diving don’t wait until climate change has had a huge impact on most of the world’s reefs. Sign up for an introductory course and have fun exploring a whole new world underwater.

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