Think that non swimmers would not scuba dive and it would be the last option on their mind? Well not true, as the fear of completely surrounded by water and not being able to swim can be addressed with a scuba equipment. Since you wear a jacket you can float at the surface. Non swimmers have limits to scuba dive and an instructor will accompany you to make simple dives into the water. Still, you can enjoy the experience of water and see underwater life.
While there are different scuba diving packages available for different levels of divers, fun dives are the only option for non-swimmers. These are mostly 4-5 hour dives including the pool training. Packages that don’t involve a deep dive more than 18 m are ideal for non swimmers. Doing the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
In the PADI Open Water Diver Course it is specified that you have to be able to swim 200 metres with any stroke and also have to be able to tread water or float for at least 10 minutes. The reason being that if your device falters due to some reason then you should be able to swim up from the water and stay afloat for sometime till you get help. So deep water diving packages swimming is a requirement.
Suzy Wreck is a sunken British Vessel and is a very popular diving site. There is a symbolic of WW2 metal ruin and lies on the sandy bottom. You can see species of fish like the snappers, stonefish, angel fish etc.
Turbo Tunnel is a narrow channel between a rock and the Island and it’s got the sea surging through it. The depth of this site is just 8 meters and suitable for beginners.
Uma Gumma Reef, the colourful fish, and the coral garden make it a perfect site for underwater photography.
The Jetty is located at the Grand Island in the North Western Direction. It has an abundance of marine life like lionfish, Mullets and vegetation underwater and if lucky may occasionally see a shark.
Shelter Cove is another amazing site to dive into as the channel along the rock makes it interesting.
You can get a view of a variety of corals, lionfish, parrotfish etc. You need to watch out for squids and cuttlefish as they come to mate and lay their eggs there.
The basic scuba certification course, commonly called Open Water Diver, is divided into three sections: academics, confined water and open water. The academics portion develops the knowledge base necessary to understand the principles behind diving rules and procedures.
You practice dive procedures and learn to use the equipment in the confined water section, usually consisting of several instructor-led sessions in a pool.
The open-water section consists of four or more supervised dives, during which you’ll demonstrate your mastery of scuba skills in an actual dive setting. When you earn your certification card you’ll be qualified to dive in conditions similar to those in which you were trained.
Dive mask creates pocket of air in front on your eyes and nose to see clearly underwater. Snorkels are breathing tubes that allows inhaling and exhaling face down on the water surface. Regulator lets you breathe underwater, it connects to your tank, delivering air to your mouth when you inhale. Buoyancy compensator fits like a backpack, and supports the weight of your tank above water. Other items include scuba fins and wetsuit.
So take that first baby step that you will never regret. Put this as a must do activities on your bucket list even if you are scared of the water. As once you see the beauty of the waters below you will never want to leave this place.