What is SCUBA ?
SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
It is the equipment developed by the world famous underwater
explorer and conservationist - Jacques Cousteau together with
Emile Gagnan in the mid forties for the French navy during
the Second World War. After the war, diving turned into a
recreational sport which has since been taken up by millions
are the requirements to learn diving ?
Recreational diving is a sport that requires a reasonable
degree of physical fitness. One should be able to swim 200
metres continously and tread water for 10 minutes for Open
Water Certification and above. A reasonable command of english
is helpful as the courses involve a basic understanding of
Physics, Physiology, Environment, etc. Enthusiasm is a major
plus !! The minimum age is 10 years and there is no upper
are the major certification agencies ?
PADI (Professional association of Diving Instructors), BSAC
(British Sub-Aqua Club), NAUI (National Association of Underwater
Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), CMAS (French
Diving Federation) and various small clubs teach and certify
PADI is by far the largest international organisation teaching
recreational scuba diving and with a market share of approx.
80%, the clear leader worldwide. PADI was incorporated in
the early 1970s and is based in Santa Clara, California, USA.
To date PADI has certified in excess of 12 Million divers
For more information about PADI , Click here.
The only answer to this question is - Why Not ? There is truly
no greater "high" than an exhilarating dive in crystal
clear waters with plenty of colourful coral and fish !!
Diving offers different things to different people. The list
includes appreciating nature at its colourful best, marine
conservation, photography, exploring shipwrecks, observing
and studying sealife, navigation, search and rescue, etc.
Primarily, diving is a social sport and generally divers tend
to be a very easy going lot who make a lot of friends without
hang-ups about colour, caste, race, etc.
diving dangerous ?
Definitely - if you are not properly qualified or ignore the
rules. If, on the other hand, you are properly qualified,
follow all the basic rules and act responsibly, it is much
safer than trying to cross the street in most major cities
during rush hour !! The only REAL danger of diving is that
you get addicted to it !!
about SHARKS ?
What about them ? Approximately 5 million sharks were killed
by humans in 1998 alone - intentionally or unintentionally
as opposed to a handful of shark attacks on people in the
last decade !! Try and figure out who is more dangerous !!
Divers have something more to worry about than sharks - themselves
!! Most diving accidents happen due to the errors made by
divers than due to attacks by marine animals. While it is
true that sharks are voracious eaters, the following facts
must be taken into account :
- There are more than 375 species of sharks of which only
a few have been involved in human attacks.
- Humans are not the natural prey of sharks and they generally
tend to avoid all contact with humans.
- Attacks on humans have been very rare and have mostly been
a case of mistaken identity or provocation on the part of
divers. Most of the time the sharks have mistaken the divers
to be their primary food source - seals.
In conclusion, Jaws has portrayed a very wrong picture of
these magnificient creatures which are an extremely important
link in the food chain of the oceans. While it would be foolhardy
to treat them as docile pets, they should certainly not be
thought of as mindless monsters waiting for you to jump in
the water !!
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