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There’s diving from a board into the water, then there’s diving from a boat under the water. Scuba diving, freediving, regular diving… if you’re not a seasoned diver then all these terms can start to get a little baffling!
We’ve already looked at the difference between scuba diving and freediving, so today we’ll explore scuba diving and regular diving (i.e. olympic style diving from a board).
What is diving?
Diving refers to the action of jumping or falling into water from a springboard or diving board. Usually, divers will perform some acrobatics on their way down to the water, like somersaults for example. That makes for a spectacular show to watch, which is why diving is an internationally recognised sport that’s one of the most popular games at the Olympics.
It’s probably more appropriate to compare divers to gymnasts rather than to swimmers. Because of the acrobatic flow during the dive, a lot of divers’ bodies are similar in strength, flexibility, air awareness & judgement to gymnasts and dancers.
What is scuba diving?
Scuba diving, on the other hand, is the art of swimming underwater with a compressed air tank to help you breathe. Far from being an olympic sport – or even a competitive sport – scuba diving is a relaxing adventure under the sea.
To become a scuba diver, you need to undertake an Open Water Diver course that’s approved by PADI, unlike diving which anyone can start doing at any time. People often scuba dive so that they can explore the plant and animal life underwater, making it more of a recreational sport than something that can attract spectators.
Getting started: scuba diving VS diving
So, first thing’s first, if you wanted to start diving, which style of diving is easier for you to get into? We’ll have to go with regular diving from a springboard here.
Equipment: Scuba diving VS diving
When it comes to equipment, you could either be forking out hundreds for equipment or diving with next to nothing at all. In this case, diving again requires less equipment than the art of scuba diving, which needs you to be well-equipped.
Safety: Scuba diving VS diving
How safe are either of these activities? Could little kids start practicing them? Safety is a tricky one in this regard, and we’d say it almost comes out equal between the two.
That said, once you’ve completed your certification then you should be well-versed in all aspects of scuba diving safety. Even then, though, the risks are high and many people have lost their lives in the middle of a scuba diving adventure.
At the same time, diving into water that is too shallow can cause you to hit your head on the ground and cause injury that way. Before letting your kids go out and dive at the pool, make sure you’ve given them a very thorough run-down of diving safety before they begin.
Progression: Scuba diving VS diving
If you’re looking to get into an activity that you can continue to develop over time and expand your skills, then scuba diving might pose some limitations while diving can continuously evolve.
This is where scuba divers often hit a block in their progress. Certifications can be expensive and extremely time-consuming for something that’s just a hobby, causing plenty of people to give up and keep scuba diving as a holiday affair. There are rules in regards to progression, and to go further you might have to dedicate a tonne of time.
Exploration: Scuba diving VS diving
If you’re looking for a water sport that can get you out there exploring the best the underwater world has to offer, then scuba diving is what you should be going for.
Scuba diving VS diving
As two very different activities, scuba diving and diving have different things to offer, depending what you’re looking for. If you’re wanting an underwater adventure that takes you up close and personal with nature’s sea life – and don’t mind spending a bit of money in the process – then scuba diving is your sport. But if you’re keen for something safe and cheap that you can start immediately and evolve with you over time, then diving is better for you.
Which activity do you prefer – scuba diving or regular diving? We’d love to hear!
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