Scuba diving lets you discover the submarine world with the aid of specific equipment (wetsuits, oxygen tanks, etc.) Snorkelling is a simpler means to explore what lies below the sea’s surface, using only fins, a mask, and a snorkel.
In both cases, it is best to be accompanied by professionals from a scuba diving club or centre. They know where the best sites are and they will ensure your safety. Scuba diving clubs are principally associated with an international organisation called PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), whose diving regulations and standards are referenced around the world. Certified instructors are true marine professionals. They manage and supervise scuba diving sessions and ensure their complete safety. Supervision is the same everywhere regardless of the structure.
The classes teach you how to prevent basic risks while diving, but also teach you what you need to know about tides, currents, marine flora and fauna and the characteristics of each region.
Most scuba diving accidents are not due to ignored illnesses or ailments, but rather the result of divers who overestimate their physical condition and dive “’dangerously”. For total peace of mind while you’re diving, following these practical recommendations:
Generally speaking, you do not need to be particularly athletic or even a good swimmer to scuba dive. However, children must be at least 8 years old, and all potential divers must be in good health, fairly physically fit, and women should not dive if they are pregnant. First time scuba diving requires a medical certificate.
However, illnesses or health deficiencies that might be relatively harmless “on land” can lead to serious consequences underwater. It is therefore essential to consult your doctor before leaving. He/she will also be able to tell you whether or not this activity is compatible with any prescribed treatment you have been following before your trip. Treatment for malaria is authorised as long as the treatment does not cause side effects. However, sedatives, sleeping medication and strong analgesics are incompatible with scuba diving.
Children can scuba dive from 8 years old, as long as they have well-adapted equipment and are in an appropriate environment (warm water, easy place to dive, etc.). They should also limit their dives to one per day. Beyond their parents’ motivation and most importantly, children should have a genuine desire of their own to want to learn to scuba dive.
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