What is Scuba Diving all about and how to learn and do it?

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Scuba Diving
To explore the amazing sights of the underwater world, you need to learn Scuba Diving. Scuba diving is great fun. The full form of SCUBA is "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus". Scuba diving is a method to go deep into the water of a lake or an ocean or any other water reservoir, by using certain equipment specifically made to survive and move within the water. It is different from swimming in the sense that when you swim, you do that only on the surface of the water while scuba diving is all about piercing the surface of the water and going deep inside to explore various things in the underwater world.

Each and every piece of equipment used in Scuba Diving has its own purpose. For example, the scuba unit, the heart of your equipment, allows you to breathe underwater and to rise, hover, descend or float at will. It consists of a tank, regulator and buoyancy control device. If you want to know more about these scuba equipment and their uses you can visit padi.com .

You don't need to be a swimmer to learn scuba diving as long as you want to learn scuba diving for only recreational purpose (like in a small pool) and don't have any intentions to go deep into the sea. But definitely, you need to be an expert swimmer if you want to use scuba diving for scientific research on sea animals, military or commercial purposes.

Best place to experience scuba diving would be Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are a union territory of India located at the junction of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. As a matter of fact, the Andaman Islands make for one of the most romantic destinations in the Indian subcontinent. There are several beautiful beaches and tourist attractions here. So even if you are not just particular about scuba diving, still you can enjoy a lot of other things to spend your holidays. Its even easy to book Andaman tour packages online on sites like yatra.com.

Actually, you need to learn scuba diving before you can experience it. But it will not take much time to learn scuba diving and just one-day beginner's course is available and you don't even require swimming skills for that. The minimum age for this course is 10 years and the maximum depth you can dive is only 12m and you dive along with a certified instructor. The name of this course is PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) and to know more about this course and other courses visit diveandamans.com or visit solobackpacker.com

So get your luggage ready without giving any 2nd thought and book a seat in the flight which will land you to Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All the scuba diving equipment can be hired or purchased on the spot. Havelock Island is the place you need to go as the final destination to experience the scuba diving, as that is a most popular place for scuba diving and the relevant courses and certifications. Havelock is situated 57 km northeast of the capital city Port Blair. Here is a video to watch the divers enjoying in Havelock.

Even if you want to become a certified scuba diver, there are courses available which can be completed within 2-10 days but you must be able to swim for advanced courses. In that case first, learn swimming at your own town or city and then get ready for a tour to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

How to reach Havelock Island?

If you are an international tourist and don't get a direct flight to Port Blair then first you can take a flight to reach New Delhi, the capital city of India. From New Delhi, there are lots of direct flights to Port Blair and you can also book online on sites like makemytrip.com . Also, direct flights to Port Blair are available from other important cities in India like Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai.

You can reach Havelock Island from Port Blair in two ways as mentioned here on makemytrip.com .

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