Scuba diving: Myth v/s reality
Scuba diving is a thrilling and amusing sport, but it feels like a dangerous and life-risking activity due to certain myths. This article aims to dispel them. You may read below.
Dispelling the myth surrounding why you shouldn’t scuba drive?
The mode of underwater diving is called scuba diving. Scuba diving is a short form of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, where the diver uses an apparatus that helps to supply breath completely independent underwater.
It is the best way to explore the fantastic underwater world. It helps to get close to the secrets and wonders of the marine universe and helps in knowing the diverse and colorful inhabitants. Over the years, it has changed into a very exciting adventure, a non-competitive sport.
The diving world is filled with misunderstanding, misinformation, misconception, and plain old myths. It is surprising that instructors and well-educated divers also subscribe to this untruth and pass it on to others.
Many people want to do scuba diving, but the gospel word uttered from the lips of this instructor and well-educated divers pull them back without realizing that this person, too, was the victim of misconception, misinformation, and myth.
Sometimes the myth can be true or has an element of fact around which speculation or rumor has been wound. Some of the common scuba dive myths include.
Scuba diving is expensive
The most heard myth about scuba diving is that it is an expensive activity. Lots of equipment is required for inexpensive scuba diving. But it is wrong, and you can hire its equipment or anything you need. On your scuba diving abilities, the equipment can do wonders. Many ranges of sizes are available to fit different shapes and sizes of people.
You can buy them if you want your equipment. But the thing you should keep in mind is that equipment should look at life-saving equipment cheaper than the price, which usually means cheaper quality. For correct decision Always take help of professionals while buying the equipment.
Oxygen in the diver’s tank
Air is all around us. We know that generally, breathing is more healthy than not. The diver’s tank contains nothing different or mysterious it contains air. The same air you breathe at the surface but have enough air until the last drive is compressed.
The air provided by a reputable dive center is good in terms of meeting the quality air. While buying the air tanks, make sure to be safe and buy them from professional air stations that accept proper maintenance protocols and an independent testing facility for periodic air testing. You can learn about the different mixes and gases compressed in your tanks as you get qualified, but it is not a pure gas.
Scuba diving is hard
Scuba diving is not too hard to do. With proper perception and equipment, it is easy to dive. But make sure to ask your current state of health from any certifying agency, and if there is a question related to your health, check it out from the doctor.
If he gives a thumb over your current health and ability, you can do scuba diving easily. Your mental and physical sides should be perfect for doing it. In many cases, people hung up due to the mental side rather than the physical side. So to make mental side proper try to reduce the stress.
When scuba diving, drivers should only drink water
One of the silent enemies of diving is dehydration. Our circulatory system is affected by dehydration. It can cause decompression sickness in the body when dehydration alters the physics of gas transfer. The drivers should indeed try to maintain a high level of hydration.
But people assume themselves that so-called sports drink is not good for diving and think that they should take water only when diving. Lots of experts say that sports drink helps in absorbing and retaining water and promotes rehydration. Sports drink stimulates three mechanisms to drink more and replace the needed water.
Sharks- the major threat
The myth that sharks are a major threat is not true. The popular media and Hollywood has to be blamed for this misconception. More than four hundred species of sharks are there and among which most of them were shy away from the diver’s presence. Few exceptional evil-doers can be dangerous, but by taking proper precautions, the attack risk can minimize.
Scuba diving is dangerous
If you are careless, even cooking, snowboarding, running, cycling can be dangerous. Being a human means surrounding by various inherent risks which we can’t control. Scuba diving also has some inherent risks.
But Before scuba diving, there are specified dos and don’t you should know and learn to dramatically reduce injury and minimize this risk. You should follow safety protocols prescribed by almost every certifying agency. Scuba diving may have some element of danger but not more than some other activities which are generally considered safe.
Decompression sickness and dive computer
One of the most common misconceptions many divers have is that they won’t get decompression sickness if they use a dive computer. But according to the latest data, seventy to seventy-five percent of divers are injured because of the use of dive computers, which means because of dive planning.
In a probabilistic way, decompression sickness is based on the depth time profile. You will get bent the deeper and longer you dive and come back fast. There is no proper guarantee that there will be no DCS; the safety curve indicates low-risk dives. Many cases are found after so-called no decompression scuba dives, which means that very few divers get the DCS even after using correctly and operating a properly dive computer.
Become a diver only if you’re an excellent swimmer
To become a scuba diver, you need basic water skills, including the ability to tread or float water for ten minutes, lie on the back, on the front, tread water, dog paddles, or anything that helps you float on water without using floatation aids. And swimming without stopping to two hundred meters/yards in fins, mask, and snorkel. You can use any swimming strokes. Many certified agencies help people of any age to become underwater explorers.
Scuba gear is virtually foolproof
The main cause of this myth is misinformation about scuba gear. The modern scuba gear is well-designed, well-engineered, and highly reliable. But many accidents occur over the year because of the malfunction of equipment. When accidents dig a little, the main cause of these accidents is not always the equipment and gear.
Getting panic, running out of air, and other few reasons also there because of which the accidents occur. Training-related issues are most common among them. Proper training and checking of equipment before diving can minimize this type of accident.
Learning takes a long time
Many years ago, scuba dive learning required weeks of training. The beginners participated and learned skills in military-style drills that were not relevant for recreational scuba diving.
Since then, the WRSTC (world recreational scuba training council) establishes standards for diving training; dive planning is simplified by using drive computers. For beginner convenience, they can start their training anytime and study using digital material courses. You can get scuba diving certified minimum in four days.
In this article, we discuss various myths which stop us from doing scuba diving. These myths are the results of lots of preconceived ideas about scuba diving.
Hopefully, you can get out of the misconceptions, misinformation, and misunderstanding about scuba diving after reading this. And get a little more confident and take one more step closer to the fun and exciting sport.
So get your certified certificate and become a fantastic scuba diver. Enjoy the adventure of the underwater and discover the secrets of the marine universe.