70% of the world consists of water, so why limit yourself to the other 30%? Every time you explore the depths of the ocean you will see different species and meet new people, making no two dives the same. There are already around 230,000 discovered species in our oceans and it is estimated that between 60 and 80 percent of sea creatures are yet to be found. Scuba Diving offers you a completely new viewpoint of Earth and there is nothing quite like swimming in the midst of the ocean dwellers and allowing them to examine you.
Diving is a full body workout and the sea world is so mesmerizing that even when you feel tired you don’t want to stop because it is a completely different experience every time you dive and you won’t want to miss something amazing. Also every time you participate in Scuba Diving you are actually protecting the aquatic life by spending money. Multiple marine protected regions were put into place because additional money can be made from long-term tourism than by fishing. The more people that are involved in witnessing sea creatures in their natural environment, the more determination will be put into defending their home.
If you wish to start Scuba Diving as a hobby or simply give it a go, there is no need to panic. Even if you aren’t a strong swimmer, as long as you can “scissor kick” your legs you can go diving. There is no need to worry about the weight of the oxygen tank due to it become weightless when under water. An open water course usually takes 3 – 4 days and after you complete some theory, you will more than likely be ready to get in to the water and learn some skills on your first day. By the end of the course you will have completed 4 dives in open water and you will have gained the basic skills required to experience the “rest of the world”. There is also a lot more courses to do to improve your skills further if you wish. Here is some information for you on local places that offer these courses and also some local and scuba diving spots you must visit.
The UK’s Best Diving Locations
The M2 Submarine in Lyne Bay, Dorset lies around 36 meters below sea level. What separates this wreck from others dotted around the country from the war is its large plane hangar. This investigational unique vessel was designed to follow its victims, surface and launch a single aircraft before subtly submerging again. Sadly, the hangar proved an Achilles heel and the M2 sank with the loss of all 60 on-board members in 1932.
Lundy Island, Bristol Channel
The waters around Lundy Island are some of the healthiest and cleanest we can call our own. This particular diving spot is a “no-take” zone so all marine life here is protected. There are large underwater rock formations covered in kelp so marine life has the perfect home here. Located just a few miles from Barnstaple, boat skippers will be more than happy to take you out and if you are lucky enough to choose the right time of year you may even be joined by playful seals from the local colony.
The Manacles, Cornwall
The manacles is a very popular Cornish diving site located off the Lizard Peninsula. Ranging from 8 meters to 80 meters deep, over 110 shipwrecks can be found here including the famous Mohegan which sank in 1898 and is said to be haunted. Conger eels can often be found hiding inside this wreck.
Local places that offer courses
Queen’s Leisure Centre
East Midland’s Sub Aqua Club
The Royal Oak
55 Green Lane
Manta Scuba Diving
142 Heanor Road