Friday, August 05, 2005

Scuba diving

Scuba stands for "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus". And as most of us know, it requires going underwater with oxygen cylinder to appreciate the underwater life. I had been wanting to enroll for the beginner scuba diving lesson for a long time. After procrastinating for almost three years my husband and I decided to finally enroll for one at a local dive centre.

The theory lessons were wonderful and the anticipation of exploring a world, completely different from ours, was growing on both of us. The practical lessons were not as straightforward as they had seemed during theory lessons. But after a couple of hours we were quite comfortable underwater in the swimming pool. A few things that were repeatedly told to us were to always keep breathing and not to ascend or descend too quickly.

The training has been a wonderful experience but I am sure that our diving trip to one of the Malaysian islands is going to be one of the greatest experiences of our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the trip that we are planning to take 3 weeks from now.

For those of you who aren't sure about what scuba diving or snorkelling is, I would suggest you try snorkelling first to discover a beautiful world that is otherwise hidden from us.


At 1:00 AM, Blogger Sunil said...

Dear Nidhi,
I did not know anything abour snorkling. I could obtain following information from the net about it.
"Snorkeling is the practice of at the surface of a body of water equipped with a mask and a short tube called a snorkel snorkel is a tube about 30 cm / 12 inches long, usually J-shaped, fitted with a reasonably comfortable mouthpiece, and constructed of rubber or plastic. It is used for breathing air from above the water surface when the mouth and nose are submerged, either during a surface swim before or after scuba diving, or during snorkeling."
It is mentioned that it is practised at the surface of a body of water. Then what is its use. What is the difference between 'Scuba Diving and 'snorkeling'?

With good wihes,

At 2:12 AM, Blogger nemo said...

Dear Sunil,

Thanks for the query.

Snorkelling has been my favorite sport for a long time. Like you mentioned, it requires you to be on the surface of water with your face underwater. You can see corals, colourful fishes and it's all so amazing.

Scuba diving on the other hand equips you to go 10-40 metres underwater. This is riskier than snorkelling and requires training. I have never experienced it but people tell me that it's addictive.

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