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Diving (English diving, from to dive - to dive) - this is scuba diving, conditionally divided into two types:
1. Actually diving, in the mass understanding, is swimming under water with devices that provide an autonomous supply of air (or other gas mixture) for breathing under water from several minutes to 12 hours or more, depending on the depth, type of breathing apparatus and consumption by the diver gas mixture.
Diving can be divided into three classes:
a) recreational - scuba diving for relaxation, pleasure (limited to a depth of 40 meters);
b) professional - diving work;
c) technical diving - IANTD defines this term as any dive in an "overhead environment" outside of the daylight zone, any dive deeper than 40 meters and any dive requiring decompression stops.
Cave diving (a type of diving performed in caves) and swamp diving (scuba diving in flooded quarries, abandoned water bodies) are types of technical diving.
2. Free diving (apnea) - scuba diving while holding the breath. Allows you to stay under water for several minutes (world record - 17 minutes 4 seconds).
In English, where the word was taken from, diving means, in addition to scuba diving, diving.
Diving is a hobby for old people and old women. This myth has become widespread due to the fact that we have too little knowledge about this sport. Many people think that diving is diving in calm and pleasant waters in order to enjoy the view of the fish. However, after completing the training course and acquiring the right equipment, you will definitely learn a completely different side of diving. Have you tried swimming in the surf in Southern California? Have you tried hand-feeding the sharks? Have you tried exploring the underwater caves? Have you tried sailing among the rusted corridors of a sunken ship? But this is just a small list of what a diver can experience. In short, first drop your ego and take the first step towards becoming an Open Water Certification.
Diving can only be done by people living in the tropics. It doesn't matter where you live! Of course, in the tropics, we can dive into warm waters, where you, feeling weightlessness, drift between coral reefs ... However, diving does not end there. Everywhere there are quarries, rivers, lakes, in some places flooded mines - and everywhere you will see divers. In other words, the geography of diving is extremely extensive, and the tropics do not end there.
It's too dangerous. The ocean is full of sharks and they will eat us. These are the inventions of Hollywood producers. In reality, sharks do not have the habit of attacking divers; often these animals do not even circle around when a person dives into the water. Their first reaction when they see a person is to turn around and float away! It should be said that often divers live their whole lives without ever meeting this majestic animal up close.
To start learning, I have to acquire a lot of things. In diving, a lot really depends on the equipment, however, in order to start learning, you only need three things: a pair of fins, a snorkel and a mask. The main thing is that these items of equipment fit you in size, so that you feel comfortable in them. All other equipment can be rented, and often the use of equipment is included in the price of the dive.
To practice this sport, you must be a trained athlete. Without a doubt, if you are in good physical shape, this is only a plus. However, following this logic, it can be assumed that only cyclists in the Tour de France can ride a bicycle. It should be noted that at the beginning of any diving training course, you need to swim about 180 meters without stopping. Insanely difficult? No, because you are not limited in time, no one is chasing you, endurance is being tested. It is important for the instructor to understand that you will be able to stay in the water and will not experience discomfort when immersing your face in the water.
Diving is a men's sport. Currently, the ratio between women and men in diving is 40 to 60. Many equipment manufacturers, tour operators offer products specifically for the weaker sex, so diving is a sport for both men and women.
My ears are going to hurt! Almost the first thing that novice divers are taught is the Valsalva technique, which is very simple: pinch your nose and try to exhale through it until you feel that the pressure on your hearing has eased. As you can see, it's simple.
It takes a fortune to get certified. Not at all. Compare the price of a diving lesson to anything and you'll find it is an insanely good bargain, especially when you compare the price of a diving training course to the price of a home simulator that is gathering dust in the living room.
I have a disease, I will not be able to dive. An ordinary doctor probably told you this. Need to get an outside opinion! Doctors are cautious people who often do not understand the specifics of diving, and in response to the question "Can I dive?" doctors are more likely to answer "No" because this is the safest option. Do not give up diving, first consult with medical experts familiar with the specifics of diving.
Snorkeling or scuba diving is equally enjoyable. True! And all because these are two completely different activities. Snorkeling is like watching a football match from above, scuba diving is like becoming a full-fledged player.