Adventures In Diving
LETS TALK DIVING ADVENTURES
Scuba Diving during your holidays and sharing your stories from beneath the waves is truly impressive, but which adventure dives sound the most appealing? Deep Diving, Wreck Diving, or maybe even Night Diving?
Deep Diving. Experienced divers always enjoy a 100ft scuba dive but how deep is that exactly? Take a look at a ten-story building to envisage how deep your dive really was. Why should I go deeper and will there be anything to see down there? Most shipwrecks are found in deeper water so this is a good reason to go the extra 40ft. Also, the deeper dive can offer some interesting creatures that might not appear at a shallower coral reef dive site.
Try something new and let your instructor take you on a journey where you can experience the exciting sensations of a deep dive. One consideration for deep divers is Nitrogen Narcosis also known as the ‘Rapture of the Deep’ as It can bring on a sudden feeling of euphoria followed by anxiety. It is usually not a concern until you go beyond 30 meters or 100ft and the feeling begins to wear off as you ascend.
Wreck Diving. This is the one dive that sounds awesome and it is exactly that! It makes your diving trip more exciting and something you want to do again and again. A Shipwreck is a breeding ground for new corals and juvenile fish species. Whether it is a historic shipwreck or even a wreck that was sunk for the purposes of an article reef, the marine life appears slowly but it will continue to grow over the decades.
As shipwrecks are mostly deeper dives there will be a safety stop required at 5 meters. After following your Instructor back to the ascent line you will begin to move slowly upwards checking your dive computer as you go. Your computer will let you know when to stop which is between 3-6 meters for 3 minutes. That fist wreck dive is an exhilarating experience, The sheer excitement, the magical marine life, and the ancient shipwrecks make it all worthwhile.
Night Diving. There’s nothing to be scared of but it is a little eerie and you are wondering if there is anything lurking there in the dark. This is a normal reaction to your first night-dive but once you are relaxed and adjusted to your buoyancy it feels amazing. As a certified open water diver you will be allowed to try a night dive or you could take a night dive as part of your Advanced Open water training. If you are diving for several days then try to include a night dive for some extra scuba adventure.
Divers tend to swim in slow motion because they don’t want to miss anything and during a night dive, they move even slower. Your dive light is used to seek out all of those little critters of the night and this may take some time so you will find it an incredibly relaxing experience. If you are nervous about night diving then try to enter the water at twilight. Begin your dive just after sunset and watch the remaining natural light disappear which means less time in the dark
Underwater Navigator. Who is going to lead the dive? Usually the guy with the most experience or the most dives, but if you know the area and have some underwater navigation experience then why not take the lead? Observing natural features during your navigation dive and then finding them again on your reciprocal heading makes life much easier. Your dive buddy will be delighted if you manage to navigate back to your start point and it’s something that is truly satisfying for you as the dive leader.
Scuba Adventures around the world. Other Adventure dives that you might find interesting include, Drift diving, Ice diving, or even Altitude Diving. Meeting people and sharing dive stories is common amongst scuba enthusiasts. This is how divers gain knowledge of far off destinations and add them to their diver’s bucket list, Diving in the Red Sea, Galapagos Islands, Belize, Truk lagoon, or Diving in Thailand. It’s all out there waiting for you.
How to begin your Adventure Dives. By now you should already have learned to scuba dive and have a beginner’s license such as the PADI Open Water Diver Certification. Now, let’s up the ante and sign up for The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
The two mandatory adventure dives are deep & navigation and then you will have to choose three more to complete your Advanced Diver course. Dive lights, surface marker buoy, compass, underwater writing slate plus your standard scuba equipment will be included in the course price. Completing your Advanced Open Water Course is a tremendous achievement, Get some adventure in your life and fine-tune your driving skills.
What can I do after this course? Dive the world, Dive to 30m, Dive on shipwrecks, Travel, Dive, Travel some more and, Dive some more.