Just below the surface of the ocean lies a fascinating world that only a few people have seen and experienced. However, to really enjoy this experience, some safety measures have to be taken before you dive into the unknown.
There are two basic methods of exploring the sea below us – snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling is the preferred method for most people just wanting to get a glimpse what lies underneath their feet. Snorkeling enables the person to view some of the sea life under the water. Snorkeling might take a little getting used to, but with a little practice, you’ll discover that it’s not that difficult.
You want to make sure that the mask fits snugly, is watertight and feels comfortable. If air leaks in, so will water. However, making it too tight will cause it to leak, with the possibility of the seal being broken. The strap should only fit snugly around the widest part of your head, be as close to your face as possible and give you good field of vision. If water starts seeping in, reach back and make sure that your strap has not slipped down.
Learn to breathe easily through the snorkel, breathing in deeply, and then out again. When you are ready to submerge below the surface, learn to relax and preserve as much oxygen as possible. As you progress and get better acquainted with the gear, you’ll be able to stay below the surface much longer. Knowing the warning signs and limitations is often overlooked by a beginner. Too much pressure in your eardrums can cause extreme pain. It usually occurs after three to six feet into the dive. It’s a warning sign that you should not ignore. Too much pressure can burst your eardrums. The best way to avoid this problem is to pinch your nose and blow gently. With practice, the procedure becomes much easier.
Scuba diving has become one of the most popular recreational activities among seasonal and professional divers. Scuba diving involves a number of technical disciplines to ensure the safety of the diver. You can gain the experience by taking scuba lessons taught by a certified instructor.
When venturing into the water, safety plays an important role – much more on the person than on the recreation. If you are not an efficient swimmer, you should never venture beyond shallow water, and never go beyond water that is deeper than you are. You don’t have to go deep; much can be discovered under just four feet of water. As you gain skill and confidence, you’ll be able to dive into deeper waters. But even then, you should always be accompanied by a qualified companion.
Scuba diving gear is much more expensive than snorkeling. Some of the additional items needed for scuba diving include a wet suit, scuba tank, a weight belt, diving watch, depth gauge and a submersible pressure gauge to monitor the amount of air left in your tank. For the recreational diver, renting the equipment could cost you much less than buying the gear.
No matter if you’re a beginner or experienced diver, the varieties of sea life, coral reefs and hidden treasure that lie under the vast ocean floor will be an education and enriching experience.