Discovery diving is an art in itself. It involves going beyond normal water depths to literally discover what is usually a mystery to regular divers. Normally, discovery diving goes up to 130 ft (39 meters) for learners, and 165 ft (50m) for seasoned divers.
However, some experienced divers push this limit to up to 300 ft (90m). This has become increasingly possible due to an improvement in diving gear (especially air), and an advancement in computer tracking technology. Extreme dives are an exception, rather than the norm though.
Why Discovery Diving?
Deep sea diving offers the chance to experience sea life first hand. You are able to see and interact with sea creatures like fish in their absolute natural habitat, as well as explore seafloor features like coral. It is also a great opportunity to learn about the past by getting to see human creations that have since sunk to the bottom of the sea. Shipwrecks are the most popular discoveries along this line.
Who Can Dive?
Just about anyone can enjoy the thrill of an underwater discovery. Innovations in diving gear have made it possible even for people with respiratory complications to take the plunge without much struggle.
The most essential thing is to let go of your fear – just as you would with swimming. Having a positive mindset will make learning easy and fun, and soon you will be hitting the sea depths like a fish. Diving can be learned in less than a week, if you are keen and dedicated to it. If you are on vacation, the learning experience can be part of the fun.
You can either get your own gear or hire it. The choice will depend on how much time you intend to remain under water. If it is just a one-time thrill while on holiday, hiring equipment will be the cost-effective choice.