Diving is good for you !
If you ever needed a good reason to go diving, we have a few listed below!!!
Diving is good for you !
I love diving, I love underwater photos, but I'm still not good at it!!! Today I have selected some blogs I found particularly inspiring to get some fresh ideas.
The work of these underwater artists will surprise you both in the content and the form: you will encounter some fun critters and new photo techniques to experiment on your next dives!
If you are looking for a new way to capture the wonders of the sea, you've got to check these out!
At first sight, we could think that yoga and diving are two completely different activities with nothing in common.
But if we look further ... while diving, the deeper we go, the more we disconnect from our everyday life, from the world, from space and time, from problems, from bad energy in general ... isn't it the same with yoga?
From this perspective, we can see that combining their practice has a beneficial impact on both.
Remember your Open Water?
The neverending: "Breathe deeply, slowly, continuously" ...
Reminds you something?
Or one of the hardest underwater skills ... the hover!
Looks like a yoga position, right?
An improved physical fitness and a more relaxed state of mind are among the numerous advantages of yoga.
And these are not the only benefits ones:
The direct effects on diving will be:
As you see, breathing and relaxation techniques have a direct positive effect on the air consumption but not only ...
Yoga strengthens our body, our mind, our spirit ... and that makes the underwater experience even more vibrating and surreal!
Its practice improves the scuba diving experience ... you feel connected with yourself, the ocean, the marine life, the surroundings ...
So remember ...
Nautilus is a cephalopod and a nearby relative of octopuses and squids. This creature can be found in the tropical waters of Indian and Pacific seas, close to the coral reefs, near depth areas of 300 to 600 meters. Nautilus are (like most marine species these days) affected by overfishing and by the fact that their beautiful shells are sold as ornaments.
Some Fascinating Nautilus Facts:
Nautilus measure 20 to 25cm in average. Its shell is white to orange with brown zebra stripes. Internal side of the shell is pearly white.
The Nautilus' shell is made of isolated chambers, Nautilus are born with 4 chambers and build new chambers through time. Grown-up nautilus have more than 30 chambers. The creature (looking like a little octopus) lives in the newest chamber, which is also the biggest. The other chambers are filled with air and water to control buoyancy. A tube called the siphuncle goes through each chamber and is used to pass liquid and gas from one chamber to the other. The gas is initially diluted in liquid in one chamber and bubbles out when released in a second low pressure chamber. Just like opening a can of soda..
Nautilus moves by jet-propulsion by blowing out water through a siphon. Position of the siphon decides the direction of the nautilus: front, back, upward or descending.
Nautilus has 90 tentacles, situated outside the shell to catch and manipulate their prey.
Nautilus has a beak which cuts their food (crabs, shrimps and fish), just like other members of the octopus family.
But unlike other members of the family, nautilus has poor visual perception. Eyes can only recognize light from dull, their smell is over developed and used for hunting their preys.
Nautilus spends their day at depths and moves toward the shallow water to hunt when the sun goes down.
Nautiluses mate only once a year. 75% of nautilus caught to be studied are male and only 25% are females. Researchers don't really know why.
Nautiluses are living fossils. They have been living on planet earth for the last 500 million years with no adjustments in their appearance. Nautiluses occupied the Earth 265 million years before dinosaurs showed up.
Nautilus has a long life expectancy. It can survive over 15 years in nature.
The vastness of the ocean is still in great part a mystery to us.
Even the species that we know, continue to surprise us with their behavior. Check out these shocking facts about marine critters that you won’t believe:
11. Frogfish can walk:
Their pectoral fins are unique and can work as legs that these fishes sometimes use to walk along the sand. When you’re scuba diving, don’t be surprised to see these critters strolling along casually!
Wanna know where we took all these gorgeous pictures?
Beside the daulphins, baby octopus and whale. All pictures above were taken by Franck from our boat cruising in Burma or Thailand.
Check outour dive cruises!
Things need to change...
I found these very interesting facts about fishing on myscienceacademy.org.
And that's why we don't serve fish onboard.
What's your opinion?
Here are a few reason why you should avoid drinking alcohol and scuba dive
1. You're risking Decompression sickness
You get more nitrogen in your system: Through an increase in peripheral circulation
Because alcohol increase blood flow, you could be absorbing
You get rid of it slower: Through dehydration
How funny that while being in water, dehydration is probably the number one risk factor for DCS and is already a problem for divers who did not consume alcohol: the pressure, the cold and the tight suit make you want to pee all the time! -> you’re losing liquid= dehydration
Alcohol has diuretic properties (makes you urinate even more)
Haven’t you wondered why pub’s toilets are always packed?
Hence you pee twice more and get dehydrated twice more.
Your blood is thicker, its circulation slower and the elimination of nitrogen bubbles altered.
That’s also why you should not drink too much alcohol even after dives as you are in the process of getting the nitrogen out of your system.
What should you do to stay hydrated?
When you go diving: before and after a dive, especially when you are on a liveaboard trip and do several days of diving, Drink plenty of water before feeling thirsty.
Attention: Drinking coffee, tea or sodas (or beer!) are not as good as drinking water.
It has been said that ideally we should drink one liter of water after every dive.
Eating yogourts, fruits and vegtables rich in water helps you fight dehydration as well as food rich in potassium such as bananas.
It is recommended to stop drinking alcohol (moderately) at least 8 hours before your next dive.
Avoid doing sport or sun bathing after the dives as they also make you more dehydrated.
2. you get cold faster
For a diver, body heat loss is of significant concern. This is because in water, the body loses heat 25 times faster than in air. Alcohol is known to be a peripheral vasodilator; it makes blood vessels to widen more than usual. As blood flows into the dilated vessels, it withdraws heat from the core to surface of the body; although this may bring about a flush of warm feeling, it is short-lived and predisposes the body to hypothermia. Research conducted recently out of Canada indicate that nitrogen narcosis is responsible for delay in shiver response, an important indicator of a considerable heat loss from the body, alcohol is also known to depress the response; complicating the heat loss problem further.
3. Drunken effect of alcohol and depth combine: you're losing it
The danger imposed here is that, a diver may be unable to deal with an emergency, something which may land the diver into an accident.
Have you heard of the “martini’s law”? It states that every 15 meters a diver descends is equivalent in effect to drinking a glass of Martini. And of course both alcohol and nitrogen narcosis combine.
The Smiling Seahorse Blog
The Smiling Seahorse has been running dive cruises from Ranong since 2012.
Our team of instructors: Elween, Julien and Simon are reporting with a short blogpost after every trip.
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