5 Scuba Diving Myths Busted
Like any community, the scuba diving industry is subject to tons of myths and incorrect information. Especially in an age where any basement blogger can publish their opinion on the internet, there’s a plethora of misleading posts and articles out there about how scuba diving is too expensive, too time-consuming or too inconvenient. The truth? Well, let’s find out.
Myth: Getting scuba certified is too expensive!
Busted: Scuba diving is one of the most cost-effective sports you can invest in. Yes, the initial cost of certification is generally between $300 and $400, but it’s a lifetime certification that you never have to renew (although, a refresher course might be a good idea if you’ve been on an extended hiatus. Compare the cost of scuba certification to a long weekend skiing (for which a single day pass can cost up to $150) and it starts to look a lot more reasonable.
Myth: There won’t be much to see because the creatures will just swim away.
Busted: Part of your scuba diving training will include how to interact with wildlife. And unlike topside creatures that have learned to be scared of humans, underwater animals usually won’t take off unless they have reason to. In fact, plenty of divers are able to interact one-on-one with creatures who are just as curious as us humans!
Myth: I can’t take my kids with me.
Busted: Divers can get certified as young as 8 years old! While junior divers under 15 years old need to be accompanied by an adult, scuba diving is a great way to teach kids about the ocean, environmental awareness, and simply appreciating nature. Plus, seeing a real clownfish beats watching Nemo any day.
Myth: I won’t see anything cool unless I dive really deep.
Busted: Most of the world’s coral reefs are at 30 meters below the surface or shallower because they need sunlight to grow. Consequently, the fish, sea turtles and other wildlife that feed on these reefs are easily accessible to divers. Even beginning scuba divers can expect to see stunning scenery and a vast array of wildlife nearer to the surface.
Myth: I can only go scuba diving in exotic locations.
Busted: Sure, scuba diving in tropical destinations is nice, but there are actually a lot of opportunities for diving in lakes, rivers and more unique bodies of water in landlocked locations. In fact, some of the best diving you’ll find is in cold water locations like Lake Michigan, where you can see old shipwrecks up close.