Scuba Diving in Andaman
Scuba Diving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
When you go scuba diving you are going for a longer period of time underwater to enjoy the beautiful underwater world. Our body however is not made to be in an environment where there is no oxygen. If you are scuba diving, you use scuba gear to breathe, see and move.
People of almost all ages can practice this sport, but before you can dive, you must first learn to dive.
Why Scuba Diving?
“I put my head under water and lose all my worries.”
This is a statement by Gerard Oijnhausen and almost all scuba divers will agree with this. That relaxed feeling and the feeling of weightlessness underwater makes scuba diving a sport unique in its kind.
In addition the Earth consists for more than 70% of water. Because of this, there is plenty to explore in the underwater world. Do you know for example that there are more different kinds of life underwater in comparison with above water?
Some points which makes scuba diving so much fun:
- The weightlessness – a feeling that further only astronauts can experience;
- Relaxing and soothing – haste and speed are not there under water;
- Escape from the daily hustle and bustle – no telephone, mail or Internet that you can disturb;
- The fantastic nature of the underwater world – no dive is the same;
- Huge variety of marine life – there are more different species of plants and animals below the surface than on land;
- Social – scuba diving is always done with at least two people.
Diving is wonderful. You have to experience it!
Our body is not made to be in an environment where there is no oxygen. Scuba equipment ensures that we can not only breathe under water, but also can see, can move, not getting cold, etc. Scuba equipment are thus the resources needed to be safe and controlled in an underwater environment.
What is important in diving equipment?
About everyone has a different opinion on this. One will find the price important, the other how it looks.
Everyone, however, agree that:
- Scuba equipment should sit comfortably;
- Must be customized at the place and type of diving you are planning to make.
Of what consists your dive equipment?
The diving equipment consists of at least:
- Mask– to see underwater;
- Snorkel– in order to be able to breathe while you head is under water when you are on the surface;
- Fins– to propel without much effort underwater;
- Suit– to withstand the temperature and for some protection against the underwater life;
- Scuba unit– to be able to breathe underwater.
A scuba unit at least consist of:
- Scuba cylinder– for the storage of your breathing gas;
- BCD– to control your buoyancy;
- Regulator– to breathe the breathing gas out of your scuba cylinder;
- Diving instruments– to control the most important dive data;
- Weight belt– to be able to go underwater.
In addition, many additional materials can be used as a gear bag, dive lights, dive computer, camera, etc.
Feedback from past dive Clients
- Choose a good location – Andaman Islands was perfect with warm water, good visibility and spectacular shallow dive sites.
- Face your fears and don’t give up! The end result will a memorable experience and take your breath away!
- Listen to the instructors – they’re very professional and know what they’re talking about.
- Learning the basics in the pool and then doing your first ocean dives in warm, clear shallow water – gives you a feeling of comfort.
- Learn with a group – everyone is at the same level of experience, more fun.
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
- Take seasick medication if you’re not sure how you will go travelling on a boat!
- Group size is important – You don’t want to be in too large a group, up to 8 is a good size.
- Try and dive again as soon as you can after you’ve done your course as it’s good to practice what you’ve learned while it’s still fresh in your mind.
- Don’t hold your breath! Just remember to keep breathing and try to relax.
- Diving is not a race. Take it slow and steady as this helps with your air consumption and you see more of the amazing scenery.
- When you buy a new mask you need to clean it out with toothpaste or defog it before using it for the first time.
- Make sure you are comfortable with your dive buddy – learn to dive with a friend if you can or make sure you are happy with your allocated dive buddy. If not let your instructor know so they can help you find a new one!
- Try to relax and breathe slowly so you don’t consume your air too quickly.
- Scuba diving or breathing underwater can be a strange feeling at first but stick at it as it gets better dive by dive and you’ll love it.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol the night before your dive trip – hangovers aren’t good for seasickness if it’s a bit bumpy and being seasick is the worst thing.
- Remember not to fly for 24 hours after diving.
- Don’t bother with a cheap underwater camera. While most underwater disposable cameras are cheap but the picture quality is low, the memory storage is limited and you cannot preview them!
- SO STAY POSITIVE!You are about to embark on one of the most exciting and spectacular adventures possible.
We hope the above comments from people who have recently “taken the plunge” and completed their Dive has put you at ease and answered any of your concerns or fears about becoming a scuba diver.
General tips for divers in India
- There are a few good international-level scuba-diving operators in the country; do thoroughly check the credentials of the operator, whether the instructors are PADI (or equivalent) certified and whether the equipment available is of good quality.
- A reasonable command of English is helpful as the courses involve a basic understanding of physics, physiology, environment, etc.
- The minimum age for diving is 08 years – there is no upper limit.
- Even though it might be a little expensive, go with the best.
Scuba diving requires a reasonable degree of physical fitness. In India, anyone wanting to try their hand at the sport must take along a medical certificate stating that they are medically fit, and that they have no history of asthma.
- Corals and marine life are national treasures that must be preserved. Corals are also delicate living specimens, so while going diving, please observe the ‘Green Coral Code’:
Do not touch, or walk on, living coral – it will die.
- While wearing fins, try as much as possible to keep your feet away from the reefs; a kick from your flipper will likely result in an abrupt spill of water, which is enough to permanently damage the coral.
- While diving, try and control your descent; a hard landing on the corals can destroy them.
- The coral is a living organism – do not break pieces of it from a reef. Picking up corals is strictly prohibited and is punishable with heavy fines. Do bear in mind that it is also illegal to export dead coral – even if it is just fragments of coral lying around on a beach.
What does the diver’s Never-to-do checklist look like.
- Never drink and dive – Intoxication can put a diver in a compromised position. One being the inability to use common sense, and make rational judgments, especially when it involves safety.
- Don’t eat a big meal before making your dive – You should wait at least two hours after eating before you make your dive. Diving on a full belly can put you in a dangerous situation. Not only creates the possibility of acquiring cramps, but also possible upchucking in your mouthpiece making it difficult to breathe.
- Never conceal any serious or chronic medical conditions you know to exist.
FAQ ABOUT SCUBA DIVING
What does SCUBA stand for?
SCUBA is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
What is Scuba Diving?
Scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving in which the scuba diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) which is completely independent of surface supply, to breathe underwater.
Who can dive?
Anyone aged 10 and older (there are options for ages 8-10 as well), with a reasonable level of physical fitness, comfortable in the water and a spirit for adventure.
Is there an upper age limit for scuba divers?
There is no upper age limit on learning to scuba dive. Certain conditions my preclude those of any age from diving, temporarily or permanently, especially conditions associated with lung functions. As long as you maintain relatively good physical and mental conditioning, it’s never too late to learn scuba diving. Many divers continue into their 70’s and 80’s.
I Cannot Swim. Can I Scuba Dive?
Yes! For our introduction programs, no swimming skills are required. You can do a Discover Scuba Diving program, down to 12 meters, along with a qualified instructor, or even enroll for our Scuba Diver Program!
What do I bring?
Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera to capture your memories.
Is Scuba Diving Safe?
It is, actually, safer than driving to the dive centre in the morning 🙂
All courses and diving experiences include briefings on safety procedures. All our Instructors and Divemasters are professionals with international qualifications not only in Scuba Diving, but also in Emergency First Response. They will make sure you’re having a fun time while staying 100% safe!
How Do I Book My Spot?
Simple! Write us an e-mail, and pay a 50% deposit to book your spot.
How can you make the 50% deposit? E-mail us / Ping us and we’ll give you our bank details or just Pay Online
How do I know if my mask is fitted right?
Here’s a useful test: Press the mask to your face, without strapping it on. Just by breathing in with your nose, you should be able to suck the mask onto your face and walk around without it falling off. That proves that you have a good seal around the edge.
The dive master on our snorkeling cruise told me to spit in my mask. Is he kidding?
No! He’s not kidding! Many dive and snorkeling operations don’t want to provide mask defog for their customers in order to save money. If it were possible, would you spit in your own eye? That is essentially what you are doing when you use saliva as defog. Another thing to think about; if you are renting gear on a snorkeling cruise where the staff advises the use of saliva as defogger, who else’s spit are you putting into your eyes? Professional defogger is much less expensive than a prescription to cure an eye infection.
What budget should I keep mind?
Discover Scuba Diving course usually costs between Rs 2,500 – Rs 5,000 and Open water costs between Rs 15,000 – Rs 30,000. To optimize your budget, we recommend obtaining the basic certifications in India, where you can learn the skill and practice (and save money!) and once you get the hang of it, dive into international waters for your advanced level certifications. But that’s not the only way to do it!
What are the risks when one dives?
Certification is all about getting you trained with all the skills required to do Scuba Diving and the nature of diving you wish to take up. The biggest risk we think is not doing it and then regretting it later!
What weather conditions would I face when I take up diving?
Diving is organized by a set of experts and we will never take you in the sea in unsuitable weather conditions.
What if it rains when we plan to dive?
You will be getting wet anyway. Rain does not affect diving or snorkeling, however if the currents are too strong, we might face some disturbance.
If the sea is rough, do we still go ahead with diving?
When you are on the sea, the captain is the deciding authority. Usually winds are studied in advance and only if it is safe, do we go ahead. However, nature is not in our control and if at any point the captain feels it’s unsafe to dive, he will cancel the tour.
Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it’s probably easier than you imagine, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. PADI’s entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
Do I have to buy any equipment?
All equipment is available on rent at dive centers so we recommend taking the rental, knowing the gears that best fit you and then invest in the gear.
What is the equipment I need for training dives?
During all training dives, each student diver, certified assistant and instructor must have:
- fins, mask and snorkel
- compressed gas cylinder and valve
- buoyancy control device (BCD) and low pressure inflator
- regulator and alternate air source
- submersible pressure gauge
- depth gauge
- weight system and weights
- adequate exposure protection appropriate for local diving conditions
- at least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.)
During all open water training dives, trainees must also have a timing device, compass, knife/diver’s tool and two surface signaling device – one audible (i.e., whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visual (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.)
These can be rented or bought at our equipment store.
Can I dive with a pre-existing health condition?
If you have any concerns about your health prior to diving, consult your doctor. There are some identifiable health conditions that may present a danger, risk of injury or complications when scuba diving. Some do not present special risk underwater, but are dangerous because scuba diving can severely complicate the administration of immediate medical attention or first aid. They include:
- Many athsma suffers have experienced attacks while underwater. Triggers include cold water, dry tank air, and exertion – note that there is no good way to administer an inhalant while underwater. If you are prone to athsma attacks, scuba is not a good sport for you.
- Epilepsy Or other seizure disorders are a certain disqualification for recreational scuba. Anyone who is at risk for seizures should not risk being underwater when one strikes.
- Emphysema sufferers may have difficulty breathing with scuba, and so should not dive.
- Heart conditionsthat inhibit vigourous physical activity.
- Diabetes is a danger only if the diabetic individual is at risk of becoming hypoglycemic while underwater. Diabetic scuba divers should consult their personal physicians to ensure that their glucose and insulin is properly regulated and their levels can be stable for the duration of any dive.
- Viral infectionsof flu, common cold, or any illness that causes head congestion or blocked ears will prevent you from equalizing your inner ear. Inner ear barotrauma is excruciatingly painful and can cause permanent hearing loss.
What is “the bends”?
The bends is a common name for decompression sickness. The most noticeable symptom is pain in the joints, which can sometimes be excruciating.
What is decompression sickness?
Decompression sickness (DCS) happens when a diver ascends to the surface too quickly, and nitrogen gas dissolved in the body comes out of solution, forming bubbles. Minor DCS symptoms include pain in the joints, ruptured blood vessels, and skin problems. Severe DCS affects the central nervous system and cardiovascular system, and can be lethal. To avoid DCS, pay attention to your dive tables, ascend smoothly and slowly to the surface, and observe “decompression stops” when necessary.
Can I dive wearing contact lenses?
There are essentially two types of contact lenses: hard contacts and soft contacts. Hard (gas-permeable) contacts will often float off an open eyeball underwater. So if you flood your mask, ensure you keep your eyes closed. You will never find a contact lens after it has left the eye since they are essentially invisible under water.
- Not recommend any water sports with hard lenses. Soft contact lenses contain their own percentage of salt water (same concentration as blood, which is much lower than seawater), so a flooded mask is much less of a problem. My advice is to dive with disposable soft contacts (not permanent ones) because, in the unlikely event of losing one, they’re cheap to replace.
- All contacts can become irritating in a dive mask and you can’t rub your eyes to fix it. An alternative is prescription masks which optometrists regularly construct. There are very reasonably-priced ones and very unreasonably-priced prescription masks; so do your homework first. The success of these is dependent upon your prescription, so consult your optometrist first.
[this answer was provided by an optometrist from Sydney, Australia]
What happens in case of a medical emergency?
The Scuba instructors diving with you are trained to handle medical emergencies and certified by PADI.
What should I do if I’m seasick?
There is a pill for everything!
Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.
My ears hurt when i go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when i dive down snorkeling. Will that prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.
What are the medical conditions that impede diving?
Any medical condition which affects your respiratory or cardiovascular systems, or which may render you suddenly and unexpectedly unable to respond quickly or at all, might mean you cannot dive. Common contraindications are asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and heart disease. If you have any of these or other illnesses, which might cause similar problems, consult a doctor before diving.
It is not recommended for people with the following conditions to scuba dive:
- People with breathing problems.
- People with ear problems or people who have had ear surgery in the last 12 months.
- People with a cold, flu or congestion. It is not recommended that people with a cold take decongestion medication in order to dive, as this can wear off underwater and cause problems while ascending to the surface.
Other reasons a diving student may be asked to see a doctor include (but are not limited to):
- A history of heart or lung disease
- An unexplained loss of consciousness or “blackout”
- A recent history of nausea or vomiting
- The use of prescription or non-prescription medications
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated trouble clearing air spaces (equalisation)
What marine animals are dangerous?
Dangerous marine life fall into two categories:
- Aggressive attackers
- Defensive stingers
Most animals are docile. However some animals are inclined to become aggressive if provoked. These include sharks, eels, and some large hunting fish like barracuda.
Harm can also come of approaching animals that have poisonous defenses, like urchins, jellyfish, blowfish, and stingrays. These animals will not attack you, but if you molest one (accidentally or otherwise), you will regret it. Fire coral can give you a nasty rash with the merest touch.
As a general rule, avoid touching or disturbing any marine life. But be especially careful around:
- Anything larger than you
- Anything with spines, tentacles or spikes
- Anything with teeth
- Anything that doesn’t appear to be afraid of people
Is scuba diving dangerous?
No, but there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification.
Flying After Diving?
The pressure of diving causes nitrogen to go into solution in the blood, and it is the decrease in pressure as the diver returns to the surface that causes this nitrogen to come back out of solution over time and to bubble. A rapid ascent to the surface can cause complications as it represents too fast a transition across a pressure gradient for the body to effectively compensate for. Ascending to a high altitude after the dive is simply a continuation of your post-dive ascent to the surface and can also lead to decompression sickness.
It’s recommended that you should wait at least 12 hours after a single dive, or 24 hours after multiple dives within the no-decompression limits before you travel to more than 300m (or 1,000 feet) above sea level. Bear in mind that driving over a mountain range would also put you over this suggested altitude limit.
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