Diving Dangers – Real and Imaginary
Fear of the first dive often becomes the main braking moment, preventing the tourist from joining a new type of outdoor activity. However, diving, especially recreational, can be called extreme sport only for advertising purposes. Scuba diving, as well as skiing, has its own difficulty levels, and there are practically no serious dangers for beginners – after all, no one puts neophyte skiers, confusing the yoke with a telemark, right on the black track. Of course, the person who wore the wetsuit for the first time in his life will experience excitement – and what more! But if you dive with modern equipment and carefully consider the briefing, then this excitement will remain just a pleasant surge of hormones before diving into the unknown. The real “extreme” – great depths, tangible currents, night dives, ice and speleo diving – the lot of experienced divers.
For beginners, there is shallow water, water of a comfortable temperature and the absence of strong currents. The only thing they should be afraid of is close contact with poisonous creatures or plants. The briefing before diving will certainly include a separate point that under water you cannot grab anything by hand: not only for safety reasons of the diver himself, but also in order not to cause any harm to the underwater flora and fauna. In fact, if every diver in the Red Sea touches one coral, in a couple of years there will be nothing to touch.
What to choose?
Diving tours can be divided into two main types: daily diving and diving safari. It is better to go to a diving safari to experienced divers who are not afraid of seasickness and who are ready to exchange excursions and shopping for rare places for diving and a company of like-minded people. In essence, a diving safari is a sea cruise with two to four dives per day. Since there is no need to return to the shore every night, safaris make accessible distant and interesting dive sites, where, among other things, the underwater world is much less “spoiled” by tourists.
The main disadvantage of the dive safari is that when staying on a ship, the coloring of the country is not so acutely felt, although passengers will certainly be pleased with the national amusements and cuisine. The duration of such a cruise can vary from 3 to 13 nights.
Daily diving is more suitable for beginner divers and groups in which only a part of people dive. In the morning, they will drop into a hotel for a diver and be taken either to the diving center, or immediately to the pier, from there they will be delivered to the planned dive site by boat or small boat. After the first dive, the diver will have a light lunch on board, then a second dive, and already in the evening – return to shore. If you wish, you can dive three times a day.
If there are two vacationers, and only one of them is immersed, then the second one can also be offered to take a boat ride, observe the process and enjoy swimming with a mask and snorkel. The advantages of daily diving are obvious: a full beach holiday, and if you suddenly feel unwell, you can transfer the day of diving without loss to your mood and wallet. The main disadvantage of this method of diving is that close to the shore dive sites have seen more than one generation of tourists, and therefore their condition often leaves much to be desired.
Where to go?
Conventionally, diving tourism countries can be divided into two categories:
Category one: “You can’t stop diving here!” There are areas where divers from all over the world go. These are almost all countries of Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and others. Caribbean and Latin America: Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico. Europe: Malta, Croatia, Norway. And also – South Africa, Australia, Maldives, India (Laccadive and Andaman Islands), Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), and finally Egypt. They go to these places for daily diving and diving safaris. From the point of view of any diver, to visit such a country and not to plunge is simply blasphemy!
The second category: “It’s worth diving in!” Destinations that cannot be called “divers”, but where the owner of the mask and wetsuit will find what to see underwater, since he arrived there. These include all the islands of the Caribbean, Austrian lakes, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, India (Goa), Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Jordan, Seychelles, Mauritius and others. Diving in these countries is very distinctive and interesting for its features, so a rare diver refuses to “be noted” in the local underwater world.