Are you interested in scuba diving but not sure if you will like it? Or, do you have reservations because of the whole breathing underwater thing? Would you like to see what it will be like without committing to an official certification course? Maybe you have fears or anxieties.
Scuba diving is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth by challenging yourself.
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I find that not many people realize how important it is to have something that pulls you away from your everyday life, a place where you forget everything and can immerse yourself completely in that one thing. A place where your thoughts become quiet and everything else around you fades into the background. You’re there, now, in the moment, and nothing else matters.
In our fast-paced environment, this has become more of a necessity. We need something that slows life down every now and again, for many people scuba diving is this place of calm awareness where we gain our sanity.
Are you scared to go scuba diving? Does the mere mention of submerging underwater give you heart palpitations? Or is scuba diving on your bucket list but it simply seems unattainable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a misconception about scuba diving.
Every time I tell someone I’m a scuba diver, I can practically hear the Jaws theme song playing in their heads. Jaws (and all those other Hollywood depicted shark movies) cannot be further from reality. I know, you’ve probably heard it a million times before and really don’t want me telling you that most shark attacks are due to mistaken identity.
'Sodwana' means 'Little Paradise On Its Own' in Zulu'
First, I would like to point out that I might be a little biased in my following opinion: Sodwana Bay is one of the best holiday diving destinations in South Africa. It was one of my first dive holidays that I went on and probably one of my all-time favourite places to dive. Continue reading to find out why you should book your tickets to Sodwana ASAP.
Great white sharks are magnificent animals and it is truly an honour to work with them. They are top predators and probably the most studied shark in South African waters to date.
But one of the questions most often asked is: “how many of them are there?” Due to the lack of empirical data, the answer to this question is mostly based on gut feeling, belief and personal opinion. Because of this, authorities often fail to implement conservation measures in time.
Despite international protection, great white sharks face several threats. These include reduction of their food supply, pollution, baited hooks and lethal gill nets used as beach protection measures.
The cryptic nature of white sharks makes them challenging to study. And it is difficult to protect a species we don’t know much about. But new research has now added another piece of the puzzle towards understanding these creatures.
West Coast rock lobster (crayfish or ‘’kreef’’ as they are known locally) grow very slowly and can live to the ripe old age of 50 years or so.
Female rock lobsters carry their orange eggs on tiny hairs beneath their tails (this is when they are “in berry”). After 80 to 90 days, the eggs hatch and produce tiny transparent spider-like larvae (naupliosoma). These larvae moult and become phyllosoma larvae with long, hairy legs.
When you first start diving everything is just wonderful. There is so many new things to learn and places to explore, the world is your oyster (pardon the pun). But like with any new venture, it’s unknown and since you’re still a student in this unchartered environment, you’re probably going to make a few mistakes – or if you’re anything like me, many of them!
Here is a compilation of common mistakes all newbie divers make.