Scuba Dive: Get Lost Down in the Deep

Sometimes in life they say, "you'd better get up and get lost!"...

What I realize is that not everyday, you meet people that inspires you, however we choose them to stay and unlikely, some don't. But be mindful, God really knows when you needed vacation the most and He's kind enough to grant it just in time :)

Three weeks ago was my first time to go scuba diving. I'm fortunate enough to have uncles who willingly teach and pay bills for these. One is a mechanical engineer and the other is an electronics and communication engineer. Well, it's not to brag about their profession but to show that diving is not just a recreation but is also a skill - a  scientific and systematic way of having fun. Why? As what my uncle kept saying, "Diving is all about Physics!" But hey buddy don't get me wrong, you don't need to be an Engineer or excellent in science and mathematics to go Scuba diving, as simple as me and you can learn the basics, enjoy it and get lost down in the deep :)

So here are some basics of scuba (just sharing what they taught and a review of my school days)..

1. Pressure increases with depth - the deeper you descend, the more pressure you experience which means our body's air compresses. That explains why our ears experience pain or injury while descending. Thus, one basic of scuba diving is "Equalizing". One way to do it, is to pinch your nose and gently blow. Another one is to swallow or wiggle your jaw. As for going up, you have to ascend half foot per second so as to exhale dissolved nitrogen before it forms bubbles. Go slow and do not rush :)

2. Buoyancy Control - Buoyancy is defined as object's (or divers) tendency to float in the water. Still remember Archimedes principle? Which says,

"Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object." -wikipedia 

There are many factors affecting your buoyancy like wearing wetsuit which is made from neoprene, your scuba cylinder, buoyancy compensator (bc), etc..

But do you believe that by controlling your breath, you learn to control your buoyancy? Yes, our lungs is our natural bc. Exhaling deeply causes us to sink while taking a deep breath causes us to float.

And since two-thirds of our planet is composed of water, why wouldn't we wanted to learn to breathe on it.

So enough for science and mathematics, let's talk in lay-mans term. What did I discover down there?
That there are many creatures waiting to play with you there... 

That it's not always sunny sometimes its dark, cold and scary to go further beyond...(don't worry, it's a natural feeling)

That down there you began to learn that action speaks louder than voice since you don't have the luxury to say a word...

 Buddy system is your lifeline.

And lastly, you should know when the time is up and you need to go. Know your limits.

Your aluminum tank content is 200 bar or 3000 psi, make sure you don't bring less :) Enjoy!

Resort: Dive & Trek Resort and Marine Sanctuary
Location: San Pablo, Bauan, Batangas, Philippines
Contact: J.A. Reano #09276288203

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