People of all ages enjoy scuba diving. Under the water, you get to experience weightlessness, see interesting creatures and explore forgotten wrecks and beautiful underwater landscapes. Unfortunately, there are quite a few misconceptions about scuba diving that scare people away from taking part. Some misconceptions are truly scary, while others make the sport sound impossible for the average person to do. Let’s investigate and find out the truths behind some of the most popular myths about scuba diving.
Myth #1: You can only dive in tropical areas
Advertisements for Hawaii or travels to other tropical areas show people underwater looking happy behind their diving masks while playing with a large colorful fish or other sea creatures. Scuba diving in warm tropical climates is a big tourists attraction, but diving can be done in non-tropical climates as well—think diving off the California coast with sea lions and whales, exploring sunken history in lakes in the northern part of the Midwest or cruising through the water with new-to-you aquatic creatures off the Atlantic coast. The truth is that, as long as there is a body of water and you’re prepared with the right gear, you can scuba dive.
Myth #2: Diving is just an old school sport
Just because one person prefers to dive into warmer and calmer waters to look around at laidback fish doesn’t mean you have to. After all, everyone’s diving preferences are different. So, if you want to dive down far to explore a deep cave or the remains of a wrecked ship, or bull your way through the water chasing an enormous fish, do it! Scuba diving can be as easygoing and traditional or as extreme as you want it to be—after you earn your diving certification, of course.
Myth #3: You have to be a competitive swimmer to dive
Let’s get this out of the way—you don’t have to be a diehard competitive swimmer to be a diver; however, you do need to know how to swim! The main differences between advanced swimmers and those who may not be as actively involved in swimming is their level of comfort in the water and whether or not they’re already in prime physical condition for diving. True, diving is an active sport, and being in better shape is an advantage, but any healthy individual with an average fitness level can do it. Consider your age, physical abilities and any existing medical conditions before signing up for scuba diving classes.
Myth #4: You will be eaten by a shark
If you’ve seen the movie “Jaws,” you may be thinking, “That’s confirmation enough that sharks eat divers and swimmers in open oceans—I’m never ever going scuba diving!” In reality, sharks don’t hunt down divers to gobble up; they don’t even like being around them. However, divers can sign up for managed dives to meet and hand feed friendly creatures like reef sharks, or go cage diving to see more dangerous sharks up close and personal.
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