There are many things to discover while scuba diving. You may automatically think of treasure hunting and hey who wouldn’t? However, there are plenty of other things you can do while diving. You can help the environment, you can identify fish in your local area, you can join a rescue team or just dive to simply dive. No matter what your pleasure of diving is there is always something new to explore. Diving for the first time you say? Do not know what to expect? Here are a few things that you can do while diving that may put your mind at ease to help you dive better.
I recently read an article of a Guiness World record being set for an ocean cleanup. Divers collected more than 1,200 pounds of fishing lead from the ocean floor along the Florida beach. This is a tremendous amount of lead that came from the ocean. It would have been amazing to be part of this adventure and part of a world record.
Things like this do not happen every day but when they come about the opportunity should be pounced on and completely taken advantage of. The key thing with this is you had to be a certified diver so this leads to a previous article I wrote on Why You Should Scuba Dive. This just adds to the adventure and feelings of self-worth that you can get from diving.
Although, you do not need to be part of a group or event to clean up the ocean floors, you CAN do it on your own just to preserve the natural environment that you can see around you while you are under the water. Not only does this help the environment but it also allows for sea critters and coral reefs to flourish.
It is always a good thing to know what critters are swimming with you while you are diving in the surrounding waters. So fish classification is something that comes in very handy. Not only do you get to search for fishes that you know but you can also make a game out of with your dive partner. You can play fish bingo or see who can spot the most fish that they can identify.
There are fish identification cards that you can take with you underwater that help you identify the fish or slates that you can write on underwater to list all the fish you see. Better yet try capturing them in pictures so that can prove what you have seen with an underwater digital camera! No matter how you decide to use your knowledge of fish identification, it is always a useful tool. This may also help you stay away from harmful fish such as a sculpin or otherwise known as a scorpion fish.
Safety is key when diving and knowing what you may encounter is right there at the top as well. Should you come across a poisonous fish you will know to stay away from it or how to handle it if you are spearfishing. So look into fish identification courses offered through your local dive shops. They will be able to point you in the right direction and more than likely have some fish identification cards that I was telling you about.
Underwater rescue is something that can be divided up in many different areas. Of course, you have just the basic water rescue for people or animals but it can get deeper than that. For example if there is a vehicle that crashes into the water whether it be a car or boat, you will be able to aid in the recovery of it. By being a rescue diver does not limit you to just saving humans and animals but you can also collect evidence in instances of foul play.
This can open you up to many different job opportunities that you may have never thought about. Check out my article on scuba diving jobs for more ideas.
Along those lines of “jobs” cause who can really say that diving, as fun as it is, can really be classified as a job. Would be a safety diver support or water safety education. These are some perks that can go alone with being a rescue diver whether you are paid for it or you are volunteering to do so it can really make a difference in someone’s life. Or you may touch the life of someone that wants to follow in your footsteps. No matter how you view it or thinks about diving, there is always something good to be said about it.
Relaxing and beaches are something that goes hand in hand. You feel less stress when you are near the ocean hearing the waves crash against the sandy shoreline. Heck I can picture myself there now, lounging in a hammock with a fruity cocktail in hand…. Ahhh what a wonderful way to make some money….. Back to scuba diving though…. Scuba diving should be just as relaxing as sitting on the land you leave behind when you enter the water. If scuba diving become too much of a chore than what is the point of it all. You should be leaving the problems of the land world behind you and entering into a whole new word.
Scuba Diving is one of those things that you have to work hard at during your training so that you retain the information and remain a safe diver because LITTERALLY your life depends on it. When you are certified and ready to enjoy the cool water surrounding you, you get to play A LOT more. Being able to have fun while diving is key to anything that you enjoy. If you are not having fun than the activity becomes a bore and you can easily get burnt out on it.
As you have just read there are many activities of what to do while scuba diving. I may have just scratched the surface of things to as I am sure you can think of something else that can be added. Whether you are doing a civil service such as cleaning up or just relaxing the key is to always have fun. No matter the direction you are headed in with scuba diving; if it is going to be a job, recreational fun, or simply volunteer work be safe and do not over tax yourself and remain safe. Getting burnt out on scuba diving is a surefire way to stop diving in general.
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As always, Happy Diving.