The ocean is an unexplored paradise that stores un-imaginable beauty and awe for the one who dares to explore it. According to studies, humans have only mapped 5% of the ocean floor, therefore, augmenting the mystery and adventure attached to scuba diving and snorkeling. So get intimate with the ocean with no barrier between you and what lies beneath.
What To Expect On Your First Scuba Dive
There are many places where one can throw on a snorkel or scuba gear like The Maldives, The Great Barrier Reef, Indonesian islands, Andaman to name a few. The first thing you start to notice is the fish, thousands of them, in all possible colors. The next thing is the coral that decorates the ocean floor with many colors, shapes, and forms. These corals are home to baby fish and keep them safe from predators until they are old enough to take up their place in the circle of life. Divers with curly hair have reported that some of these curious baby fish come up to them and get into their curls thinking it’s seaweed.
Adventurous Scuba Diving Experiences
However, the other more adventurous experiences are more location-based and season based but guarantee to take one’s breath away. One of these is swimming with Orcas, the gentle giants of the ocean. Many divers throw on snorkel gear or even free dive close to these playful giants that respond to the diver.
Many instances have been photographed where Orca cubs start rotating their bodies and making playful noises when approached by divers. Their song can touch your soul and arouse emotions that leave you in awe and admiration. Other sea creatures like dolphins, mantarays, nurse sharks, and turtle are among other sea creatures that allow us to approach. This consequently, always leaves us with a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature and the zest to protect it.
A Word Of Caution For The Inexperienced Diver
However, on the other hand, the ocean is no playground and can be a dangerous place for an inexperienced enthusiast. Most importantly, divers should understand ocean currents, closeness to rock formations among others, before venturing into not so touristic destinations. As a result of neglect, there have been cases of divers going missing especially in rough diving terrain like caves.
Therefore, to enjoy the experience, you should know the terrain and not go into places without experienced guides and training. In addition to this, Scuba diving and snorkeling require a good degree of swimming skills. Scuba diving also requires three levels of training to become certified. There is also terrain specific certification like the open ocean, caves training, etc. In other words, If you’re inexperienced, the best thing to do is to stick to a group with trained instructors. Also, one should always be aware of the aggressive wildlife in the area such as jellyfish and sharks and stay away from them.
To conclude, snorkeling is like peeping into the window of another universe whilst scuba diving is a fully immersive experience. But a diver and a snorkeler should be well aware of whose home they are peeping into as the ocean respects those who respect it and shows them the un-imaginable treasures it hides.