Once non-divers witness the amazing world underwater, they’ll understand our obsession and why it’s so important to protect the ocean. For someone just discovering the mystical underwater world, there’s seemingly no end to the different methods used to visit the ocean. The most common are: scuba diving, snorkeling, skin diving, and freediving. But what’s the difference between them?
SCUBA is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Divers enjoy the freedom of being able to explore amazing parts of the ocean such as coral reefs and shipwrecks through their own air supply carried weightlessly on their backs. Scuba diving involves specialized training and certification. A basic Open Water scuba certification typically involves three phases: a) knowledge and basic scuba theory, b) skills and proficiency in using scuba equipment and c) open water skills demonstration. The scuba diving equipment comprises a pressurized gas tank filled with Enriched Air Nitrox with extra oxygen.
Did you know? Oxygen tanks contains 36% oxygen and therefore less nitrogen to reduce decompression sickness.