Now that you know all about the ocean, you want to get in it, right? Well, what better way to do that than SCUBA diving? As I researched the ocean I became very interested in SCUBA, so this series I’ll share all you need to know about equipment, the best diving spots, various diving techniques, and more! If you missed my last series and would like to check it out, click here. I hope you love this series, and without further ado let’s dive right in!
OK, so what is SCUBA? SCUBA is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. That sounds kinda boring, huh? Here’s how Tec Clark describes diving; “SCUBA diving is sensual. To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable. Breathing becomes a rhythmic melody of inhalations and exhalations. The cracks and pops of fish and crustaceans harmonize with the rhythmic chiming of the bubbles as you exhale. Soon, lungs act as bellows, controlling your buoyancy as you achieve weightlessness. And, as in your dreams, you are flying. Combine these otherworldly stimuli and you surrender completely to the sanctuary of the underwater world.” Now THAT sounds awesome!
So how did all of this come to be? Well, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan are the frenchmen that changed the way we see the world. They invented this “aqua lung” from a redesigned car regulator, and their creativity has been launched to inform humans of the waters that cover the majority of this planet. The first commercial SCUBA device was built by Henry Fleuss, and thus this extreme sport was born.
Since then humans have learned so much about our oceans, not only about marine life but also the mass deaths pollution has caused. Marine biologist Sylvia Earle, one of my role models, is a wonderful example of one such person. She demonstrates inspiring passion and shows how much change and awareness one person is capable of promoting. If you would like to learn more about her, I highly recommend watching her movie Mission Blue.
Thanks for reading! Come back next week to see some of the most breathtaking diving spots around the world!