About the Sport:
Scuba diving is a recreational activity which involves underwater swimming. In this form of diving, the swimmer uses a scuba, i.e., Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to be able to breathe underwater. This means the scuba diver carries his own source of breathing gas in a tank worn behind his back. The specialized equipments, hood, gloves, diving mask and swim fins attached to the feet of the scuba divers that enables them to move freely and stay for a longer time underwater to enjoy the beauty of the marine life. The diver will wear a wet or dry suit depending on the water's temperature. Besides using a watch and a compass, the diver can know about his location with the help of the depth and pressure gauges of water. You can take a trip to another world and explore the wonderful and colourful life existing under the water!
Relation To India:
India is rich in water resources and has large variety of aquatic animal and plant species. There are many scuba diving organizations that teach the skills necessary for scuba diving and provide training in equipment usage, defence techniques and ocean awareness. The popular locations of scuba diving in India are Goa, Pondicherry, Andaman islands, Lakshadweep and Netrani island in Karnataka. The warm water, better water visibility and the natural underwater beauty are the main reasons for the steady progress of this sport in India.
Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:
The life under the water is unknown to the diver and has many surprise elements, which can cause harm to the diver and prove to be dangerous. One should always carry knives, line cutters or shears to be able to cut loose from entanglement in nets or lines. Equipments should be in good working condition and the amount of breathing gas to be carried should be quite sufficient. The diver should be careful of the water pressure as it can cause injuries. Avoid going for scuba diving in the months of monsoon.