15. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Humankind has achieved various feats in the exploration of our planet, having reached where only a few of us could have imagined reaching. From the Mariana Trench to the Moon, we have been successful in finding out the treasures of the world we live in. But there remains an important fact that even though 71% of our ‘Blue Planet’ is covered with water, only 5% of the ocean floor has yet been explored. Considering the immense difficulties that come with underwater exploration, this number, albeit small, is quite something and it is needless to say that scuba diving has played an important role in these explorations. Whether done recreationally or vocationally, scuba diving as a sport helps divers to be up close with marine species that one might have only seen in movies, read about in books or perhaps never have imagined existed! There’s perhaps no better joy than knowing the unknown and being able to get up close and personal with an absolutely different kind of world under water.

SCUBA is an acronym for ‘Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus’. It is a method of underwater diving wherein an external supply of breathing gas is carried by the diver inside the water to be able to breathe underwater. First developed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan in the 1940s during the Second World War, scuba diving is different from other forms of diving like surface-supplied diving and breath-hold diving where the breathing gas supply is either not used at all, or not taken along underwater. Scuba diving still differs from snorkelling- a sport where external breathing gas is not used. Where snorkelling lets you see the marine universe, scuba diving lets you be a part of it. After all, it has been well said that the best way to observe fish is to become one!

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