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Scuba Diving: An Exotic Sport

May 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

Scuba diving is a great recreational sport where you get to explore exotic underwater locations either in the ocean or your favorite lake. The word scuba is an acronym that stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus.

The scuba gear you'll need when you go diving:

• Dive tanks - This is your air supply. They come in different sizes and shapes - and are made of aluminum or steel. You can rent or buy your dive tanks at one of the many diving outlets.

• A mask - dive shops carry a variety of diving masks. Some are full-face masks while others just cover your eyes. You can even buy them with optical lenses.

• Valves - regulate the air-flow from the tanks.

• Gauges - there are many different type gauges you can get from the diving stores, such as depth, temperature, and pressure gauges.

If you are thinking of taking up scuba diving as a hobby you'll need to purchase or rent all the scuba gear mentioned above. You should also check out scuba certification. There are different levels of scuba dive certifications, from the very basic to the most advanced.

When you decide you want to scuba dive you should check out scuba driving lessons. Scuba diving lessons are a great way to learn how to scuba dive safely. Check with your local YMCA to see if scuba classes are given in one of their indoor pools. Lessons focusing on safety will give you the confidence you need to make your diving experience an enjoyable one.

After you have been doing local diving for a while you may want to go on some international dive trips. Dive trips are some of life's most amazing and enjoyable life experiences. You will see spectacularly colored fish that may be dangerous - so be careful.

What are some of the best scuba diving destinations?

Scuba diving in Belize is considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. It has the second largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere - and has many dive spots in and outside the reef. The water is so clear you can see hundreds of feet. It's truly a visual wonderland. Scuba divers of all levels can dive here.

Indonesia - has really gained in popularity as a dive destination because of its amazing amount of beautiful and diverse marine life.

Micronesia - with its two thousand islands you are sure to see sights you won't see anywhere else.

North Carolina, United States - Between Cape Hatteras and Cape Fear lies the "graveyard of the Atlantic" - it's very popular with divers.

There are so many great places on earth to dive - maybe you will personally discover the next great destination.

Anthony Benjamin, an avid writer, world traveler and a great lover of nature. He would like for you to check-out his latest book:

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