Beginners learning how to master underwater skills are usually overwhelmed by the volume of scuba diving facts they need to memorize. There are loads of technical and health-related information that beginner divers need to familiarize themselves with – here we have picked just a few of the most interesting ones.
One of the first scuba diving facts that beginners learn is that they don’t need to be Olympic champion swimmers to be able to dive. Your ability to dive is not necessary related to your ability to swim – most dive courses require participants to take a diving test upon enrolment, but there are people who are excellent divers, but they can barely swim. When you are underwater, you don’t actually swim – propulsion while down under is done by kicks of the legs, a special form of movement that you will need to learn as a new skill whether you can otherwise swim or not.
While diving, you will wear gear made from very special materials. Wetsuits, for example, are made from neoprene material that is lightweight, buoyant and has outstanding insulation properties. People think that neoprene works by allowing the water to penetrate the suit and by forming a thin layer of warm water around the body. Well, this is only a part of the important scuba diving facts about how the wetsuit works – the complete truth is that the material contains bubbles of nitrogen, a gas that has very poor heat conducting properties and, therefore, it keeps the heat close to the body even when the water around the diver is very cold.
You go scuba diving to explore the world under the surface of the water, so you will probably meet a lot of wildlife down there. Many beginner divers are concerned about meeting dangerous animals there, but, in fact, most forms of marine life are completely harmless, especially if you follow the rule of the 3Ts: don’t Touch, don’t Take, don’t Tease. And what if you meet sharks? Well, here is one of the most interesting scuba diving facts and one that many people don’t know: there are only four shark species that attack humans, and even they are uninterested in biting if you don’t provoke them. Sharks are relatively tame, but there is another animal you must beware of, one that we all know and like: the clown fish. Yes, the cute little creature we got to know as Nemo is very protective of its territory, so if you see one, just swim away.