Misconceptions of Diving
Most people consider scuba diving to be a pastime but it is quite a physical activity. However, because there are no audiences and generally no competitors, most people consider scuba diving to be a recreational activity.
While scuba diving is becoming more and more popular, there are a few misconceptions, which surround the activity and deter people from giving scuba diving a try. Here are a few misunderstandings that we have identified and would like to set the record straight.
- You have to buy a full set of diving equipment even as a beginner.This is simply not true. As a diving student, your dive centre or resort will provide you with everything you need to take your lessons. After all, there is no point in going out and spending a lot of money on dive gear only to find that it is not what you expected it to be and decide not to continue with diving. If you fall in love with scuba diving, which most people do get hooked quite easily, then you may want to splash out on everything at a later date.
- You must dive quite deep in order to see interesting marine life. This is not true. There are some divers who like to push their limits and get their adrenaline pumping by deep diving. However, researchers have learnt that the biggest percentage of marine life is found in shallower depths.
- You must travel to crystal clear waters and warm tropical locations in order to go scuba diving. Of course, diving in warm waters is great, especially if you get spectacular visibility, but diving in lakes, rivers and quarries is also interesting and enjoyable. Diving in different environments will give you more experience.
- Diving is dangerous because of sharks. No! This is not correct. There are more than 400 species of sharks and most of them will swim away from divers. There are some exceptions to this and you will read about shark attacks resulting in injury and death, but you have more chance of getting killed by a coconut falling from a tree, stung by bees or being killed in a road accident.
- You must be an expert swimmer to become a diver. While you need to pass a basic swimming test to take the PADI Open Water, you do not need to be anything like Michael Phelps in order to go diving. In fact, if you simply want to try an introductory dive, then you don’t need to be able to swim at all. However, if you want to learn to dive and practice the sport on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to stay reasonably physically fit.
- Once you pass your Open Water Diver Course, you are expected to dive without a guide. This is also not true. Although you are a qualified diver, you are not expected to know the dive sites everywhere in the world and be able to navigate around them. You would undoubtedly dive with a local dive guide.
- Women cannot go diving if they are menstruating. This is a common misconception among female divers. If you use a tampon, then there is not a problem with diving and just making sure you change the tampon in between your dives. Keep your wetsuit on until you can change it, this will avoid any embarrassment if you have any leakage. If you are one of those women who get really bad menstrual pain, then it would be advisable to refrain from diving until the bad cramps have passed.
Finally, if you are concerned about anything you have heard and the subject is not covered in this article, just send us a message. Never be too shy to ask any questions regarding scuba diving. We are always happy to help.