If adventure sports happen to be your cup of tea, then why not try out scuba diving on your next vacation? This sport got its start with the diving bells that were typically used for salvaging materials from wrecked ships. Enjoy this week’s installment of Inspiration Friday ~ Scuba Diving.

SCUBA equipment were eventually improved enough that they could be turned into cumbersome suits which were the precursors to the sleek modern day scuba equipment.

While the devices still have military and scientific uses, scuba gear has since made its way into the hands of hobbyists throughout the world.

Inspiration Friday ~ Scuba Diving

Inspiration Friday ~ Scuba Diving

There are a lot of terms and techniques that travelers will want to familiarize themselves with prior to attempting any sort of sport and scuba divining is no different than any of the rest in that regard.

However, this isn’t an activity one can jump straight into without any preparation whatsoever. In fact, beginners should definitely take a class or two to learn what they’re doing before making any further plans. Any course that travelers choose to participate should have certified instructors and provide their guests with gear that is in good condition.

You’ll also want to avoid flying within a day or two of your first and your final dive to keep from ending up with compression sickness, an ailment which can be fatal.

This still leaves the question of where to go in order to participate in this sport. On the PADI website, destinations such as Belize, Palau, Norway, the Galapagos Islands, and the Maldives were all suggested as places for divers to show off their scuba skills.

However, some of these places are probably not suitable for beginners. Spots that were recommended for amateurs scuba divers include the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Grand Caymans, and St. John’s Island in the Caribbean as well as Key Largo in Florida.

Australians should check out Byron Bay or Heron Island but if they wish to go further afield Maui in Hawaii, the North Male Atoll in the Maldives, Port Vila in Vanuatu, and Ko Tao in Thailand are all good choices.

Folks hanging out in South America should instead swing through Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands or Caye Caulker in Belize to enjoy the good scuba sites found there.

Other places with excellent diving conditions include Utlia in Honduras, the Philippines’s Visayas Islands, Indonesia’s Gili Islands, and Dahab, Egypt.

Travelers may want to carefully consider the political climate in each of these countries and check the travel restrictions published by their local governments before making any definite plans to visit.

As a scuba diver, I can’t recommend at least trying it once in your life. And definitely try it in one of the places mentioned above. I hope you enjoyed Inspiration Friday ~ Scuba Diving.

Have you been to any of these dive spots? Do you have your own favorite? Share your experiences with us!

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