With talk of sharks and Orca in our waters this summer, post apocalyptic films everywhere and so much about plastic pollution in the media, it can be difficult to see the lighter side of life. All these things may have us struggling to see the reasoning behind getting into underwater sports?
Safety, not and issue when good practice observed.
Cars and Cancer kill far more kiwi’s than SCUBA Diving, Freediving, Surfing or even ocean swimming combined. Experienced or even knowledgeable diving observers know this and understand just how safe diving can be. In New Zealand especially, the majority of our waters are free from waste and even the waters around our Capital City provide excellent diving.
SCUBA divers are in fact the least troubled ocean going humans when it comes to marine animals. For the most part we’re blowing bubbles ever few seconds. Any underwater photographer will tell you this startles marine life. It even imitates species that have been know to keep us safe by fending off predators.
Gone are the days of getting a giant diving workbook when you sign up for your course. Online study, Dive logging apps and online registration means that often, by the time you get to the dive store, you’re already well on your way to becoming a SCUBA diver!
Thankfully the ocean is much the same. This is especially true in our marine reserves that are/have come back to where it may be even better than it was 15 or 20 years ago when somebody learnt to dive. These places are now an absolute wander to dive. You’ll see many different types of marine life. Some have become accustomed to divers and easy to approach. Sizes of some are also quite impressive too.
Dive gear is improving now more than ever. Equipment costs are coming down for a lot of things as Dry Suit’s and Rebreathers become more common in New Zealand and around the world. Servicing is often quicker than before and for modern equipment sometimes even less expensive too. Manufacturers have smartened up to making equipment simpler while improving performance. Things like fins that come standard with Spring Straps make learning to dive a breeze. Wetsuits are more comfortable and flexible than ever and BCD’s… Well a BCD now comes with integrated Weights, Rear or wing inflation, pockets, padding and reliability that is second to none!
Dive shops like NZ Sea Adventures have an on site purpose built diver training pool (yep, even in New Zealand). No more traveling around to public pools, loading and un-loading dive gear numerous times. Walk straight from the classroom, into the gear and step straight in the pool!
Advances in dive course content
People have been teaching SCUBA diving for many decades now. Education and diver training courses have developed to the point where the divers can gain skills in a much shorter time. We’ve all heard about scuba diving, it’s as if it’s becoming part of our DNA or even seemingly instinctual to some. We hear all the stories and for some their parents, friends or relatives have been doing and talking about it too.
We’ve been teaching recreational scuba diving for a long time now and the number of people taking up the sport is increasing every year. Our region has been on the increase steadily for the last 9 years straight! Some of the things you can learn to do safely underwater “just for fun” are astounding. We have scooters to get us around, we can navigate caves and shipwrecks in all far flung parts of the world. Sidemount and deep diving is common too. Our equipment performs well at depth, if it weren’t for our computers and gauges we’d not be able to tell.
Sooooo…… Give it a go!
Start with a two weekend course to learn the ropes (PADI Open Water Diver) and the world is your oyster. Take Specialty courses for Wreck, Deep, Sidemount, photography and many other underwater activities. Get your “defensive diver” rating with a PADI Rescue Diver course and even delve into professional and technical diving.
At NZ Sea Adventures we’ve got it covered. Stop by for a chat today and get certified for a lifetime of underwater adventures.