The word ‘SCUBA’ is the abbreviation of Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. That means swimming under water using Scuba. This apparatus consists of a cylinder filled with compressed gas for breathing, fins and gauges, breathing regulators, face masks and buoyancy devices. The cylinder of compressed gas is usually filled with air. Sometimes other gases are also filled in to help stay under water for a much longer period of time, even hours. Outdoor activities are gaining popularity and scuba diving vacations are becoming a very famous outdoor recreational activity. Above 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Since prehistory the mystery and charm of the underwater world has enthused the human imagination. The mythological sea monsters as described by the one who fear the waters and as Hollywood shows the most amazing and appealing underwater adventures has inspired people to go in the waters and discover the most amazing sea life and it’s exquisiteness. That is done through taking scuba diving vacations. What can be more relaxing than swimming inside water, discovering the most astonishing and exquisite places underneath?
People started their advances underwater nearly three centuries ago. They used diving bells and large cumbersome sealed suits which used to pump air from the surface. It is only until now that recent technologies have allowed us to visit these magnificent places safely using self-contained air delivery systems that are extremely comfortable. Although these air-assisted underwater have been known since the 1700s, it was out of the reach of an average person and the luxury of recreational scuba diving vacations was unimaginable and undreamed of. It was not until the 1930s that the ‘Scuba’ system was produced. These early Scubas were very unwieldy and spurted air constantly on the diver’s face. The discovery of the Aqua Lung led to a new milestone in this field. However, it was not until 1960 that Aqua Lung was proven to be reliable and thus, sport diving was born.
Today Scuba diving is popular, it’s easy and it’s fun. People love to go on scuba diving vacations whenever they get a chance. It’s accessible to almost everybody with only a little and modest investment in the equipment. Wherever you want to dive, you can usually find a dive shop to rent tanks, or you can take a guided tour with a professional diver. This world is a much unexplored environment for many people. And many would approve that experiencing the subsurface world provides sheer enjoyment. There are many places where you can go scuba diving. The Blue Hole in Belize is one of the most famous diving sites. One can dive in crystal clear water and see different reef sharks, bull sharks and hammerheads. Thailand also provides us with a number of famous diving sites e.g. Phuket, Similan Islands, Surin Islands, etc. Other great diving sites include the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Boracay in Philippines, Egyptian Red Sea, the Bahamas, the Maldives and many more.
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Due to the nature of this activity, danger is a real concern. We are placing ourselves in an unfamiliar environment, so not only do we need good training but also good equipment. It is safe and more fun to have a diving partner. So go on scuba diving vacations with your family and friends and have a lifetime experience of discovering the glorious underwater world. It’s worth it.