Why you shouldn't try scuba diving?
Why you shouldn't try scuba diving?
I never thought, that I will finally make up my mind one day. I've always found it mysterious and encouraging, albeit every time I considered trying a dive, I have counted more against than for.
E.g, why is it so expensive? I understand, hardware hardware etc., but for the price of one dive, I can live in Asia for at least a week. And if it were Sri Lanka, it would be even longer.
The second thing is fact, that I was actually always afraid of it.
Being a bit claustrophobic, I couldn't imagine, that you can breathe so calmly underwater through some strange device, stuck strangely in the mouth of an individual called a diver.
Additionally, pressure. Huge, incredible pressure crushing your body to its limits.
I do not know why, but often when I thought about diving, a picture of a living body forced into the water appeared in my head. This body, pressed against it, can barely bear the weight. The eyes get bigger and bigger and bang! Eyes pop out of their sockets.
Perhaps my imagination is too picturesque, but it's not that far from reality at all.
And the last thing - the underwater environment is definitely NOT the natural environment of man.
So why should I force myself there?
Besides, no one invites me there.
When I found myself on Koh Phi Phi, I discovered it, that there are over a hundred diving centers there. I immediately stated, there is a diving mafia there, because the prices in each center are the same.
There is a smiling gentleman or lady on every corner, who are trying to squeeze you a diving trip.
I walked around the island completely immune to their attempts.
Until one day.
I was in a very strange mood that day. A bit annoyed, but at the same time with the desire to do something productive. Perhaps this mix was due to the intense partying the night before. (oh Koh Phi Phi)
So I walked around, reflecting on the nature of my humor, when I heard "hey miss, would you like to try diving?”
Extremely irritated, I was simply going to ignore the visitor, but somehow it happened, that I looked up at the attacker.
He turned out to be a very handsome guy!
First thought, which came to my mind is a tribute to the owner of the store and his marketing strategy.
Hire good-looking guys to get girls to go diving. Idea for high five! I later discovered it, it also works the other way around. Girls were working there.
More curious about this gentleman than diving, I replied politely, yes! Perhaps I want to try.
And it started.
He started to say how many possibilities I can, bla bla bla, diving here, diving there, wreck diving, diving with sharks blah blah anything you can think of.
I glanced at the price list and nearly fell off my chair. I immediately regretted it, that I was tempted to do so, to tell me something. I was only thinking about going away.
I have decided, that with a shy smile I will tell him the truth.
First, I consider, that diving is too expensive and secondly - very much, but it scares me a lot.
Of course, he ignored the price comment and started chattering about how safe this dive is and what great equipment they have., bla bla bla.
Unfortunately, I didn't listen to him anymore and I started a slow evacuation by lifting my good rump from the chair.
Later that day, I began to analyze the pros and cons of trying. Being a bit oversensitive, I thought about the safety of this sport.
Diving is safe, but only when you know how to do it.
What could happen, when you don't follow important rules?
The first rule of diving is - never hold your breath.
It sounds simple and logical, but hey! Sometimes, when you get excited like. you will see a shark, it is very easy to hold your breath.
Also, breathing through the regulator is not the most comfortable way of breathing. You have to get used to it.
So what could happen, when you hold your breath?
It's all related to the crazy laws of physics and how gases behave under pressure.
Writing simply and succinctly - when you hold your breath and swim to the surface, the pressure goes down, which causes an increase in gas volume. The air then has no exit and its air bubbles can cause the alveoli to burst. This causes the air bubbles to enter the bloodstream, where, after a short trip, they can be deposited in various organs.
Not enough, that ruptured alveoli are still bubbles that accumulate in the organs. Great.
Obviously, this is potentially fatal.
So there is no reason to laugh at me, just because, that I was afraid!
Back to my story.
After analyzing everything back and forth, same day, in the evening, I landed on the grill.
Turned out, that it is a grill for diving instructors only. So it's easy to imagine what happened, when I mentioned, that I am terrified of being deep under water.
Before I could 2 times I got blink 1000 speaking reasons, that diving is super safe and why should I try it.
With a little ethanol in my veins, excited for the upcoming adventure, I made my decision.
I will try.
No bo, why not? I'll just try.
After all, it would be very sad, leave the paradise island, famous for its diving spots, without trying. I'm wrong?
I signed up, I paid that much, that the tear in the eye curled anyway! Ready to be dipped.
The next morning, I showed up at an equal rate 7:30. Other people were waiting as well, but no one felt any nervousness, that has been with me since I woke up.
I repeated in my mind, that there is nothing to be afraid of! You are in good hands! Nothing will happen to you. The only thing, that could happen is your panic, so don't make a fool of yourself.
First thing, I did when I met my instructor to tell him how terrified I am.
When I think about it now, I shake my head in disbelief.
What a peasant!
Anyway, He explained everything to me and after putting on a massive amount of equipment, I was ready to dive.
Doing exactly what he told me, I took a big step and landed overboard. I was supposed to go to the yellow buoy and we were supposed to meet there.
Unfortunately, everything was so uncomfortable, all this equipment, it is breathing through the regulator, flowing, speak.. I was thinking, that I will not come.
I immediately regretted my decision.
Why? Why am I doing this to myself? For what?
Finished, finally I swam to the buoy. I waited for the instructor and when he arrived he asked if I was ready to go under the water.
Ta. I've never been more ready.
Of course, that I wasn't, but I kept telling myself, that I will not turn back! I hate cowards, and I certainly won't be one of them. You have to break.
So we started going down.
And plunging deeper and deeper, the amazing underwater world was slowly emerging.
Not feeling comfortable at all, I started to ignore this fact, because this wonderful world was so delightful, that he took all my attention.
I never thought, that the ocean is more than a great deal of water, at which it is nice to look at and it is even nicer to swim in it.
I was so unaware of what was under the water.
Fish in all sorts of bright colors, shapes and sizes. Some look scary, some funny and some just beautiful
Kraby, turtles and.. Sharks!
Day, when I first saw sharks, literally a few meters from me my life has changed! I realized, that they are the most elegant animals I have ever seen.
But by far the best thing about diving is how calm it is under the water. The only sound, you hear is your rhythmic breathing , which in my case suddenly became completely calm, regular and regular.
I have to admit, that this experience is better than meditation!
I've never been so relaxed before. Surrounded by beauty, with a head clear of any thoughts, only admiring nature.
And here comes the question.
Why the hell did I try this?! Now I just want more and more!
- If you're not prepared for it, to endure the beauty of the underwater world - do not try diving!
- If you're not prepared for it, to feel incredibly well - don't try diving!
- If you're not prepared for it, to have a new one (super expensive!) addiction - don't try diving!diving
And yes, With these few tips I am finishing this post and going to the dive center, book another trip!
You tried diving? If not, you'd like to try it? Let me know in the comments what you think about it!