Just as fun, but not as expensive or hard to do, snorkeling is a great alternative to fully-equipped scuba diving.
You’ve probably seen all the TV shows about scuba diving. It looks like a lot of fun! Undoubtedly, you have probably seen lots of photos and videos showing divers, using sophisticated gear and exploring all the great reefs, fish, caves, wrecks and virtually limitless underwater wonders and sights the oceans have to offer.
No doubt, you’ve dreamed about doing it yourself; perhaps even giving cave or wreck scuba diving a try. Then you’ve seen all the equipment scuba divers have to invest in including fins, tanks, computers, gauges, regulators and more, and you have been sincerely daunted.
Investigating further, perhaps you’ve even talked to someone knowledgeable about the sport who has clued you in to what learning entails. They’ve told you you’ll need a Diver’s Certification Card, and how much that costs. Dream dead, kicked in the head.
Snorkeling is the easy way to see the underwater world, without the expense and training needed to scuba dive. All you need is some snorkel gear, a few quick tips on how to breathe through the mask and snorkel, and you are good to go.
Let’s look at the basic differences between scuba diving so you can make the best informed decision about which to choose. There are differences in physical fitness ability, training and equipment, as well as psychological implications you should consider when making a choice. Beginning with your purpose, is this a recreational activity to observe fish, algae and reefs, with few waves? If you can float comfortably on your stomach with your face and nose in the water, with a diving mask and snorkel tube, it is easy to breathe in and out, bobbling along in the gentle surf, then snorkeling is your best option. Try it, maybe you will eventually graduate to full-on scuba diving – at least you’ll have the right mask!
How to get the most out of your dive dollar by choosing the right wetsuit, probably a 3/2mm, the right dive equipment and the right dive boat.
First off, your local dive shop is not the place to go to get the most out of your dive dollar. Far and away, online scuba stores are the way to go, namely a place called seavenger.com. Go here, and you will encounter literally dozens of wetsuits and gear of every sort and price range. There’s everything from 1mm long sleeve shorty wetsuits, to 2.5mm wetsuits, 5/4mm wetsuits all the way up to 7mm wetsuits. The selection can be daunting. Our advice? Go for the 3/2mm wetsuit. It’s a great mid-weight wetsuit that will provide all kinds of versatility. You can even go surfing in a 3/2mm wetsuit.
Then, after we chose the right wetsuit, as well as mask and fins, we decided to catch a boat that would take us to some great snorkeling off Catalina Island, 26 miles from Los Angeles. We were happy with boat choice, as well. Everybody was a snorkeler, and a beginner, too. But we lucked out because we could have chosen a dive boat with experienced divers only, and we would have been miserable.
Multiple day dive trips to the Channel Islands are an excellent value. While they may seem more expensive per day at first, consider that you’ll get in more dives per day, accommodations, and sumptuous meals. In my mind, they are a bargain. Remember, the more days, the better the deal.
Another way you can make your diving dollar go further is to dive mid-week. Several of the Southern California dive charter boats run mid week, and these trips are an excellent value. Dive spot locations to be visited are important to many divers. While a destination may be specified, it is always at the discretion of the skipper with regards to wind, seas, currents, visibility and so much more. Even so, if you want to wreck dive, book a trip that specifies wrecks. Refund and cancellation policies vary greatly among dive charters. Check carefully to make sure the refund policy will work for you.
Starting with your underwater wireless communication system and underwater dive mask, you will need specialized equipment for commercial diving. Professional diving can be dangerous without the right equipment.
One of the best communication systems we found for commercial diving was the Ocean Reef GSM G. Divers that works with the Neptune Space G; together they create an amply professional communication system for commercial divers. Professional diving can be dangerous without the right mask and communications system. It requires specialized equipment such as an on-site hyperbaric chamber, and diver-to-surface communications systems. These are often required by law.
Commercial or professional diving can mean a lot of things. The most common commercial diving is offshore diving, with divers working to support exploration and production of oil and gas in diverse locations virtually anywhere in the world. The work in this area of the industry includes maintenance of oil platforms, and the building of underwater structures used in the production process. Commercial diving can be extremely hazardous. Functioning equipment is, of course, important in recreational diving, but it is exponentially more important to commercial divers.
What is commercial diving, and what is the difference between it and recreational diving? For starters, you will need much more sophisticated commercial diving equipment than recreational diving equipment. The other answer is quite simple: one you make money at, the other you spend money on. If you are ready to get dirty, follow directions and make some money, then commercial diving is for you.
Commercial diving, compensated diving, has been around for centuries. In the 16th Century, Greek divers were seen demonstrating a crude diving bell or helmet. Skipping ahead to the 19th Century, the first workable, full-time scuba is invented, the first diving helmet sealed to a water-tight rubber suit, and commercial salvage took hold in Europe and the US. With the end of WW2, and the advent of modern scuba diving, there was an increase in the fuel resource requirements for newly industrialized countries.