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The secrets of the ocean lie buried in miles of darkness below the surface of the sea. There are probably animals and organisms that have lived and become extinct before we’ve even had a chance to see them. Humans are curious animals, therefore isn’t our innate desire for knowledge enough of a reason why we need to put on those fins and plunge into the depths of the unknown? But if you’re still not convinced, maybe debunking some more myths will help you cannon ball into the blue.
Myth: Divers are equipped with oxygen tanks.
Reality: The tanks used for diving are actually cylinders of compressed surface air. Which is basically just 21% Oxygen and 78% Nitrogen. Some divers use Nitrox, an enriched air type, where additional oxygen is added to the mix, but even these rarely go beyond 40% Oxygen.
Myth: Diving is more of a manly sport.
Reality: The only physical limitation when it comes to diving for women is that you cannot dive while pregnant. The only reason for this limitation is because we cannot possibly test out the effects of diving on a developing fetus since finding this out is obviously not worth the risk. But apart from that, there are just as many women in the sport as there are men and quite a lot of them even hold records and have done substantial work in the development of scuba diving and received notable achievements in the field of science.
Myth: Scuba diving is extremely expensive.
Reality: Maybe this one stems from the fact that most people come across scuba diving at the high end resorts of Maldives but there are quite a lot of dive schools set-up across the local islands of Maldives that offer special rates to Maldivians. You can even do a try dive such as the PADI discover scuba diving session at a MUCH cheaper rate than any actual certification. This way you get to check in advance if it’s something you’d like to pursue and then if you move onto a certification it costs around 500$ at most schools and if you think about it 500$ isn’t all that much for a license that equips you with the necessary skills and certifies you as a diver for the rest of your life. Plus then you get to dive at a much cheaper rate than if you were to do a beginners dive every time.
Never be afraid to try something new because in the worst-case scenario you find out that diving is just not your cup of tea, but best-case scenario is that you discover something you’ve been missing from your life!
Scuba diving is an extremely fun sport that keeps you in shape and it’s an interesting field that you can consider as a career.
Now who wouldn’t want to call the ocean their office 😉