At Maui Scuba Mike we love answering questions about the wonderful sport of scuba diving from our guests. We feel that the more people learn about scuba the more likely they will be to want to participate in diving whether it is with us or with their local scuba club. However, from time to time we have had to dispel a number of myths about scuba diving that have circulated among the general public. Let’s look at some of the most common myths about diving safety, physiology, marine life, etc., and reveal the truth behind them.
- Myth #1 You have to be an expert swimmer to become a diver: Each diver has to pass a basic swim test before he or she can begin scuba lessons. However, one does not have to be an expert to get involved in scuba diving. All that is required is that a person have this basic level of competence, that he or she be in relatively good shape and the he or she desires to have fun and be willing to immerse themselves in the activity.
- Myth # 2 Sharks are aggressive with scuba divers: Generally, sharks do not like to interact with humans. They have enough natural prey in the ocean that interests them. Also, our PADI instructors know all the hotspots where you can dive shark-free if you desire. Or you can even choose to observe them relatively close-up if you desire.
- Myth #3 Diving is a man’s sport: While it used to be true that the overwhelming number of divers were male, woman can and do enjoy this invigorating sport. In fact, there is even a Women’s Dive Day, aimed at closing the gender gap still left in diving.
- Myth #4 Diving can hurt your ears: This myth is partially true. If you fail to regulate your ear pressure as you ascend and descend you can experience a few problems with your hearing. However, our instructors will help you make the proper adjustments as you dive and answer all questions about the sport.
- Myth #5 You have to buy a lot of expensive gear just to start learning: You don’t have to buy any gear to start lessons. You will have to buy some equipment but most dive shops provide loaners for people who are just learning the sport. When you finally do buy your own equipment, the basics are a mask, snorkel and fins.
If you are looking for a sport that will keep you fit and invigorate you, give scuba diving a chance. We will hook you up with the best diving experience here in Maui. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Our Maui scuba diving instructors are the best in the area and are here to assist you. Moreover, our scuba packages in Maui are reasonably priced.