If there is one sport that sets pulses racing for the outdoor adventurist, it is undoubtedly scuba diving. There is a mix of everything that a daring sport can promise- breathing artificially, being attacked by marine predators and fighting them off and all the risks of diving to great depths. This is why it has become a very popular sport and scuba classes are held all over the world to train eager aspirants.
The depth of scuba diving is limited but depends on the expertise of the diver. The common certifications train divers to go down to a maximum of 40 ft with advanced courses adding another 10m. Professional divers and rescue teams are trained to go to a depth of 100m with highly advanced equipment and optimised mix of gasses for breathing. This of course is considered to be the outer safe limits to which one can venture.
Scuba diving has a wide range of applications, ranging from the recreational to the professional, from ship building activities to ensuring that the coastline is safe from unwarranted attacks. The main functions of scuba divers apart from the purely sporting angle are –
Instructors and dive masters – These are divers who train people in the art of scuba diving and are generally employed as instructors, dive guides and masters and assistant instructors. Apart from imparting training, they are also qualified to look after the health of clients during the course.
Military applications – Military diving is very necessary to secure the country’s coastline and military frogmen have often been instrumental in stealthily planting underwater mines on enemy craft. They are trained in direct combat and to infiltrate behind enemy lines.
Civilian applications – One of the very crucial civilian applications is of the police force carrying out “search and seizure” operations for contraband below water and diver teams carrying out rescue operations in case of accidents at sea. Lifeguards and paramedical services are also trained in scuba diving.
Other activities – Underwater photography, marine biologists, underwater videographers, oceanography experts and underwater archaeologists are some of the other professionals who need to be experts in scuba diving.
At the end of the day, forget a career and take up scuba diving purely for the joy of it.