If you’ve tried scuba diving you’ll know how amazing it is, you’ll have experienced the thrill, adventure and excitement of being underwater and you’ll be longing for your next holiday so you can experience it all over again.
If you have never tried diving you might have heard some of the myths and common misconceptions below that put people off taking the plunge and trying diving:
You need to buy lots of expensive equipment
Wrong! You can hire everything you need from us at Euro-Divers – it’s modern, well maintained and there is a range of sizes. If become totally hooked and you want to invest in your own equipment you can do so gradually, perhaps starting with a mask and fins.
There’s no need to dive as you can see the same stuff when snorkeling
While it’s true that you can see a lot of incredible marine creatures from the surface, nothing beats diving amongst them.
Divers’ tanks have oxygen in them
There’s nothing mysterious or different about the contents of a divers tank, it contains air – just the same as you breathe at the surface but compressed to fit enough in to last the dive! Once qualified you can go on to learn about diving with different gases and mixes in your tank but not pure oxygen.
Diving makes your ears hurt
One of the first things you’ll learn is how to equalize your ears and therefore avoiding any pain or discomfort. Diving with congestion can cause your ears to hurt so this is best avoided.
You need to be a strong swimmer
As long as you are comfortable in the water and can swim at least 200 metres using any stroke you like in as much time as you need, then you can dive!
Sharks and other dangerous creatures will attack me
Humans are not on the sharks, or any other creatures’ menu, you will quickly discover that big fish are the highlight of a dive and something to be searched for rather than avoided.
I will run out of air and drown
You will be in very safe hands, each diver has an easy to read pressure gauge displaying how much air they have left, initial training covers checking this and responding accordingly. You will also not be alone, you and your allocated dive buddy look out for each other.
I will get lost
The reefs here in the Maldives are easy to navigate and the boat picks you up wherever you surface. The guide will be on hand underwater and you’ll have a buoy to inflate at the surface if needed. Wherever you are diving around the world it is recommended that you dive with an operator who knows the area well.
You need to dive really deep to see interesting things
This couldn’t be more untrue – the shallower you are the more light and colour there is, the marine life is most abundant at depths of less than 20 metres.
Diving is dangerous
As long as you follow the rules and dive within the limits of your certification, adhere to advice from local dive guides and ensure you are with your buddy at all times, the risk is extremely low. Fatalities that occur are usually within extreme versions of the sport such as cave diving and diving to extreme depths – not the realm of recreational divers seeking to enjoy the sights on the reef.
If you have any other concerns, no matter how small, please get in touch and our team will be very happy to put your mind at rest by explaining the aspects worrying you and preventing you from embarking upon an awesome adventure!