Scuba Diving Guide

scuba diving guide
The scuba diving guide is your tool to get familiar and excited about scuba diving. Any information you find here should always come second to that taught by a certified scuba instructor. The scuba diving guide will give you the insight on what you can expect on your first dive and what type of equipment you should purchase. There are plenty of pictures to show you the beauty and magnificent world beneath the water.

Introduction to Scuba Diving

The scuba diver we all wish we could be, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the Jacques Cousteau, said it best. “It’s a whole different world down there — filled with beauty, mystery, excitement, and adventure.” That’s what scuba diving is all about. Exploring a brand new world.

What’s Down There Anyway?
This fascinating underwater world is filled with brilliant colors and vivid patterns – an ‘inner space ‘ of texture and motion. Drifting gently through this wonderland, you will experience firsthand the weightlessness and thrill of a ‘space-walk ‘ just as if you were in outer space.

It is a water world filled with fabulous gardens of coral reefs, seafans, sponges and other marine life that is more than a match for any botanical garden. These brightly colored and intricate communities are like vast cities under the sea.

Corals, Caves, Walls
Just as on land, sanctuary and shelter is provided in naturally formed caves, caverns and grottos. Vertical walls rise from the depths and form undersea cliffs that would challenge the best of climbers; but you will soar around these ramparts like a seabird on the wing.

Caves are a haven for small fish hiding from predators, each formation providing a new and mysterious labyrinth for exploration. Magnificent corals surprise and amaze in their infinite variety and delicacy. Staghorn and brain corals grow large, while others are so tiny they seem lost in the crevices.

Fish, Sharks, and More Fish
Angels and parrotfish, groupers and grunts – this world is filled with such a variety of fish and other marine life. The vivid colors and exquisite patterns are amazing – the variety of lifestyles, intriguing. While scuba diving you can explore the homes of the the very largest of creatures and the tiniest organisms that exist on this planet. The variations in color, shape and size of the different species are staggering!Friendly inhabitants greet you with the enthusiasm of a puppy or follow you around, showing as much fascination with you as you have of them. It’s sometimes hard to tell who’s watching who!

Scuba diving a shipwreck offer one of the most mysterious of undersea excursions. Thousands of ships have been sunk over the past 500 years, and many have become overgrown with a mantle of coral and marine life, becoming a living reef and an attraction for fish and marine animals. Wreck diving can be a particularly satisfying experience – like floating through a haunted house as would a ghost, and ‘flying’ along the promenade deck where passengers once walked. We cover more on wreck diving later in this scuba diving guide.

Sunken Treasure
The thought of discovering undersea treasure attracts many divers. An underwater metal detector will help. But, finds of gold doubloons and sea-chests of pirate booty are rare. More mundane, but equally exhilarating, is bottle collecting. Antique bottles can be found in a variety of locations – around old piers, ancient harbors and on shipwrecks.

Archeology has an underwater component, too. Many ancient cities succumbed to the sea and much of the history buried under water is still to be discovered.

There’s so much to choose from. Underwater photography and videography can’t capture it all. But, whether you want to concentrate on cave diving, or bottle collecting, or studying fish behavior, or even taking part in environmental and conservation programs, you have to start where everyone starts – with scuba certification. Below you’ll find an outline of the scuba diving guide and how to get started in this great hobby.