Did you know there are five oceans covering more than 70% of the earth’s surface? The oceans provide an entire world of exploration for deep-sea divers. From old sunken ships to a plethora of sea life, the rewards of deep diving are many. Most scuba divers don’t venture into deep waters but deep diving reveals so much that’s not found on surface-level diving. If you’re interested in deep diving, read on for the rewards and dangers of going far beneath the sea.
The Rewards of Deep Diving
The reasons people love deep diving are as many and varied as the people themselves. But many of the reasons resonate with all divers. If you love diving, you love exploring. And deep diving offers an entire world of exploration beyond what landlubbers see.
There are lots of sunken boats and even airplanes. Some divers recently found hundreds of bottles of old cognac in a boat sunk in 1917! A lot of treasure lurks beneath the sea.
Amazing Sea Life
The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is the biggest coral reef system in the world. The reef houses a diverse ecosystem and is one of the natural wonders of the world. No one knows how many species live in the sea. But scientists believe less than 10% of the ocean species have been classified yet! You may even find a new species yourself.
The Risks of Deep Diving
Trauma to the Middle Ear
When divers descend, they must equalize the pressure in their ears. How? Divers pinch their nose and blow, chew, or swallow which pushes air into the middle ear. Sometimes, a deep diver descends too fast resulting in an inability to equalize the pressure. Barotrauma is sometimes the result. Barotrauma results in severe pain and sometimes middle-ear injury.
There are lots of creatures down there in the ocean, and they’re all untamed. Remember the “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin? He died from a stingray’s barb to the chest Sharks are always a concern as well. It pays to leave the deep-sea animal life alone. Never touch any fish or animals, and leave the coral alone too. Protecting marine life is as important as protecting divers.
The bends are the common term for decompression sickness. When a diver does a deep dive, the underwater pressure causes body tissue to absorb higher-than-average amounts of nitrogen. If the pressure comes off the body too quickly, the nitrogen forms bubbles that can be harmful. That’s why divers come to the surface in a slow and controlled manner. Divers ascend to the surface at the same rate as their air bubbles. In the event a deep diver ascends too fast, he risks paralysis or even death.
Deep Diving Rewards and Dangers
Deep diving isn’t for everyone but if you love adventure and exploration, chances are you’ll love diving.The rewards are as never ending as the incalculable number of species under the water. From shipwrecks to coral and everything between, there’s so much to see. As with any extreme sport, there are some dangers too. Get certified before you dive, and always go with a buddy.