Know the Truth! Top 10 Scuba Diving Myths
When it comes to scuba diving, there are a lot of misconceptions that people have. A lot of these “myths” are perpetuated in the media and movies. You might be surprised to know what is right and what myths are busted! What scuba diving myths have you been believing?
Top 10 Myths for Scuba Diving
Myth #1: Diving is too dangerous
There are rules and guidelines that surround diving and when you operate within them, your chances of harm are extremely slim. Scuba diving has an excellent safety record and the guidelines are very easy to follow. Statistically, scuba diving is as safe as bowling. As long as you follow the intended guidelines, your drive to your dive spot will be the most dangerous part of your diving trip.
Myth #2: Dive theory is too confusing
It really isn’t. If you take more technical diving courses then it could potentially get a little more confusing. Those classes are elective and only for people interested in pushing the boundaries of diving. The dive theory associated with open water diving certification, it isn’t complicated at all and will make sense once your Waterworld Scuba instructor explains it.
Myth #3: Diving is far too expensive
Dive gear can be pricey, yes, but it lasts a long time. The first piece of dive gear you get may hurt your wallet but you can rest assured that you won’t need to buy that again for years as long as it is maintained, even with regular use. When you make that assessment and compare the price over the lifetime of the gear, you will see that the gear is not that expensive at all. Waterworld Scuba also offers a rental option so that you can rent the gear that you need without having to purchase it right out of your pocket.
Myth #4: It takes forever to learn how to dive
Since the book work part of the class can be done online, certification can be done at your own pace. That could be as quickly as a single day, or take as long as a week if you have very limited time to work on it. The diving part of the certification will take approximately 3-4 days. That’s it. You could be diving on your own in as little as a week or two’s time.
Myth#5: Animals in the ocean are way too dangerous
On a whole, divers travel great distances looking for sharks and other marine life that non-divers feel are too dangerous. Most divers are very excited to see sharks, in no small part because it is not an everyday occurrence that they see them. All animals need to be treated with respect. As a diver you need to understand that you are intruding in their world and make adjustments to your behavior accordingly. More often than not, a marine life injury is due to the animal defending itself, and even then serious injuries are not that common.
Myth #6: There is too much gear to buy
Scuba gear can be daunting since scuba diving is a gear intensive sport. But here is what you need for your open water certification: mask, fins, and a snorkel. That’s it. Everything else can be rented for your class and even as your entire life as a diver, if you so choose. Waterworld Scuba offers a variety of rental scuba equipment for you to rent. So while there is a lot of gear that you can buy, you don’t have to.
Myth #7: You have to be young and in great shape to dive
We have all seen the movies that include scuba diving. The diver is some hot guy or girl with a chiseled body with zero body fat. People tend to stick that image on every diver. This simply isn’t true. Yes, any sport is easier if you are physically fit, but as long as you do not have any diving related medical restrictions, you should be good to go. If you can climb 10 stairs without kneeling over and go for a walk without getting winded, you will be fine scuba diving.
Myth #8: You have to be an expert swimmer
Basic swimming skills are needed for scuba diving, such as being able to swim 200 yards and tread water or float for 5-10 minutes. If you can do that, you can scuba. The goal in scuba diving is to expend as little energy as possible while still accomplishing the goals of the dive.
Myth #9: You will feel claustrophobic
It is understandable that someone who has not experienced diving would think that they might feel claustrophobic underwater. But if you can work with your instructor and get yourself past those initial pre-conceived notions, you will find — like all divers do — that swimming underwater with supplied air is actually a very freeing experience. You can do things underwater that you could never dream of doing on land. It’s the complete opposite of being confined. You can experience freedoms you have never experienced on land underwater.
Myth #10: You have to live near tropical waters
Most people would think that you have to live near water to be able to get scuba certified so you wouldn’t think to get certified in the Las Vegas desert for scuba. Diving isn’t only done in tropical waters. We live on a planet that is 75% water. Lakes, rivers, and springs are all diveable. Quarries and mines are scattered around the world available for diving too. Each of these offer their own unique diving experiences. Some of the best dive spots in the world are not in tropical water at all, especially since most of the ocean are not tropical.
Scuba Dive Today!
Now that you know the myths and the truths to those myths, we hope we have eliminated at least some of the reasons of why you can’t scuba. When it comes to scuba diving, you have to forget what everyone else is saying and just let yourself enjoy the experience. Sure there are dangers, and sure there are plenty of thing you should know, but just like with all things in life sometimes you just have to dive in head first.
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