Scuba refers to Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Air assisted underwater exploration was first born around the 1700’s when scuba pioneers used dive bells and sealed suits whilst air was pumped from the surface. However, this was a luxury available to a handful of pioneers.
It is only with the advancement in technologies that people were able to explore the seas using self contained underwater breathing apparatus.
The break came in the 1960’s following years of research and experimental testing by the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau for which the aqualung was developed hence sport diving was made accessible to people like you and me.
Scuba diving gear continued to evolve later within the 1970’s and scuba systems were enhanced by the introduction of buoyancy compensation devices, improved valves and pressure gauges. Through these technological advances, scuba diving has ballooned as a recreational sport. Scuba systems have since been improving through Engineering and innovation in design to provide safer,reliable and more comfortable equipment.
For this reason scuba diving is ever so gaining popularity and is today established as one of the greatest outdoor recreational activities and as a result has become a multimillion dollar industry.
Although you may have seen documentaries, movies or photos of the underwater world, you will soon find out that it is quite impossible for a non-diver to fully appreciate or understand what scuba diving is all about. The sensations and the feelings that you get once you are immersed into a new dimension are inexplicable and there are absolutely no words to describe it.
Besides seeing beautiful and fascinating aquatic creatures first hand, the sensations you experience when you breath underwater and feeling of floating weightless are unique to diving. Once you have gained the necessary diving experience, the mystery of diving will be replaced by excitement and more adventures.
You might also want to learn some interesting facts about scuba diving. Did you know that the Deepest Open Circuit Scuba Dive (unofficial) is that of 330m set by Pascal Bernabe. It took Pascal, 10 minutes to descend down to 330 meters but it took him 8 hours and 49 minutes to resurface.
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