Are you an adventurous under the sea explorer? Or are you a beginner interested in Scuba Diving? Check out these fun facts that you may not know about the fascinating underwater activity.

  1. Scuba is an Acronym: The word “Scuba” stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. The name itself identifies the gear of the sport.
  2. The invention of the Scuba: Jacques Cousteau invented Scuba gear in 1943, naming the cylinder the aqualung.
  3. The Great Barrier Reef: This Reef is the largest organism in the world, with a surface area that is greater than England.
  4. Altitude Diving: This kind of diving is diving when the surface is 300 meters above sea level. Altitude Diving requires specific certification and training.
  5. Origination of the word Scuba: The word Scuba was first used during WWII, referring to the Navy’s Oxygen Rebreathers that were used during underwater attacks.
  6. Scuba Diving Limit: The maximum limit for recreational Scuba Divers a 130 ft. depth. Beginner divers are suggested to stay just 60 feet or above until they are more experienced.
  7. Sharks Vs. Coconuts: Sharks are actually known to be safer than coconuts. 150 people are killed yearly from falling coconuts, whereas only 10 people a year are killed from sharks.
  8. A Large Number of Scuba Divers: There are over one million people who obtain scuba diving certifications every year.
  9. Scuba Apparel: Scuba Divers must wear special apparel, such as wetsuits, gloves, hoods, and computer watches.
  10. Marine Life: Over 2 million kinds of Marine Species are known to exist, making the ocean a beautiful and diverse sight for scuba divers.                   
  11. Cool Coral: 1 percent of the ocean floor is covered by Coral Reefs, a fascinating subject for divers.
  12. Deep Sea Diver: The deepest Scuba Dive achieved was accomplished in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2014, with the diver going as deep as 332.35 Meters.
  13. Sea Exploration: Only 10 percent of the sea has ever been explored.
  14. Sound Waves: Under water sound travels much faster than on land, making it difficult for divers to determine where sound is coming from.
  15. Red Fish, Blue Fish: Filtration makes underwater fish and plants appear to be a different color than they really are.

 

References

  1. KalliKids. Children’s Scuba Diving Lessons: Facts and Ideas. Expert Advice and Interesting Facts. KalliKids.com
  2. Boost Oxygen. Fun Facts About Scuba Diving. 14. Dec. 2012.
  3. Gronfeldt, Thomas. Fun Scuba Diving Facts. Scuba Diver Life.