When many people think of scuba diving
, they think of scary thriller films they’ve seen and deep sea diving.
However, what most beginners do not know is that deep diving is not very safe and you can enjoy the same exposure to natural underwater environments in shallow diving.
Shallow diving is when you dive between five and twenty meters below the surface of the water. This type of diving is much safer all around for the diver and for the environment. It is much less of a burden, requires less training and certification, less equipment, and will cost you less overall, allowing you to better enjoy the basic diving experience.
As a beginner, there are many things you can experience and many sites you can enjoy when you dive in shallow areas which are fun and safe. Without advanced training and certification you can still enjoy much of the marine life the ocean has to offer. There are many advantages associated with shallow diving.
With deep sea diving, you risk many more hazards often associated with injuries or fatalities. Many divers, even those who are well trained and certified, will begin to feel fear and panic once they reach dark corners or even just after they get under water. This is a natural feeling but one which can cause you to forget all of your training.
If you are in an emergency situation where someone is injured, it is much easier and safer to get them out of a shallow diving area than from a, deep water area. For beginners, this is especially true.
If you venture beyond a shallow depth you risk the loss of natural light which makes it difficult to see where you are going. This is not only a safety concern for you because you may not be able to make it back to the surface or you may run out of air faster, but it is a safety concern for the natural environment around you. If you can’t see where you are going, you might hurt the fragile ecosystem with a misplaced footstep or by bumping into something accidentally.
When you dive in shallow water you are diving in areas which are most often touched by natural light.
As you go deeper you will lose the colours from the surface, making the reef and marine life seem more dole and colourless.
This makes it much easier to see where you are going and to admire the ocean life. You are better suited to explore and enjoy the many colors and shapes you will find in terms of wildlife such as fish as well as plants and coral.
When you dive in shallow areas you require much less air and preparation. This means that you do not have to carry around extra tanks, light sources, etc. By reducing the amount of equipment you must carry you not only reduce the training required, but the cost and the literal weight of your burden to bear. Overall, this can make your diving trip much more enjoyable especially as a beginner.
Written by Nicolai, scuba diver and traveler. Follow me here, on Facebook
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