My crazy decision to become a scuba diver
When the instructors at OK Divers told me that I would handle the PADI Open Water Diver course with no problems, even though I had never dived before, I was kinda skeptical. 28 years have been enough time for me to realize that I am often quite hysterical. Actually, I was panicking about potentially starting to panic underwater. At the same time, however, I was ready to do what it took to become a diver.
How I started my Bali adventure
I've always been an adventurer. It usually occurred to me that I had the sudden need to escape my promisingly developing professional life. Because of this need, for example, I decided to travel to Rwanda after college, with an original plan to save the world. Later, I changed a convenient job at a law office for a non-profit job, which among other things, ensured the exchange of used syringes for drug users.
Bali is mostly known as the Island of Gods, as the majority of its inhabitants are of Hindu religion. The whole island is covered with more than 6000 temples of all sizes, shapes and importance. What you might not know is that Bali is a part of the so called Coral Triangle, an area that is considered top priority for marine conservation for its unique marine biodiversity. Scuba diving and snorkeling are definitely a must on your Bali vacation. Here is a list of what you should not miss.
There are many amazing dive sites around Bali. However, if you want to dive or snorkel alongside magical manta rays, there is only one place you need to go: Manta point at Nusa Penida attracts these friendly giants all year round. Before you embark on this exciting scuba diving trip, we invite you to get to know the manta a little better. Here are some of the many interesting facts about manta rays:
1. Mammal or fish?
Many mistakenly consider mantas to be mammals. In reality, they are fish, belonging to the same class (Elasmobranchii) as sharks, and other species of ray.
Scuba diving is one of the most popular “water sports” with its worldwide popularity constantly on the rise. And while you should gain the necessary basic knowledge during your PADI Curse Open Water Diver, here are 10 interesting facts the books most probably won’t mention.
• SCUBA stands for “Self contained underwater breathing apparatus”
• The modern wetsuit was invented by the American physicist, Hugh Brandner, in 1952. One of the first (and very successful) wetsuit manufacturers was O’Neill.
Diving with Nitrox is still considered relatively new, although it was invented in the 1950s and was introduced to recreational diving around 20 years ago. More and more divers find it very practical to dive with enriched air. Unfortunately, we regularly see that there is still a lot of confusion about some of its aspects. For example, some divers think that nitrox provides them with the opportunity to dive deeper when compared to regular compressed air. Therefore, it is important for all to have a clear understanding about Nitrox diving in order to stay away from any complications and hazards.
Let us start by saying that you don’t need to be a triathlon athlete to be able to go scuba diving. Children as young as 10 years can obtain their PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. Nonetheless scuba diving is a sport that definitely requires good health. Some of you need to be extra vigilant, as there are a few conditions that will require an evaluation by a doctor before you can go diving. Here is a list of the most prominent health issues that should be taken into consideration before planning your scuba vacation.