If you are an aspiring scuba diver, you probably have a few concerns about your first diving experience. Although you must feel excited to embark on a diving adventure, you may still feel a tiny bit uneasy. Experienced divers will tell you not to worry, and for good reason. Fears are fuelled by the unknown. Most common scuba diving fears are easily overcome by acquiring proper knowledge and a bit of practice.
It is true that scuba diving, like any other sport, involves a certain level of risk. However, just like in any other sport, scuba diving risks can be substantially reduced, if not completely eliminated, by applying proper knowledge, acquiring necessary skills, carefully selecting and maintaining equipment, and gaining practical experience.
So what are a few of the most common fears that aspiring scuba divers have?
Whenever one brings up the subject of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, the first diving spots that come to mind are the Red Sea, the Caribbean or the Great Barrier Reef. No doubt these are beautiful and fascinating places to explore as a scuba diver; however, not many people are aware of the exciting dive sites that the Island of Cyprus has to offer. And there are many that are definitely worth visiting!
One of such dive site is hands down the Zenobia shipwreck. Zenobia is considered the number one wreck to dive in the Mediterranean and one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world. Lying approximately one and a half kilometers off the coast of Larnaca, one of the island’s ports, the ship is over 170 meters long and measures 12,000 tons in gross tonnage. Diving Zenobia is an experience no diver will ever forget.
Have you ever wondered how SCUBA was invented and what the word SCUBA actually means? If you have, you may find the next few paragraphs an interesting read.
The underwater world has fascinated human beings for thousands of years. In particular, we were always interested in the ability to breathe under water for a prolonged period of time. There are even scientific theories, such as the Aquatic Ape Theory, suggesting that early human ancestors may have adapted to semiaquatic existence. And, of course, in modern times we continue to read stories about human beings, such as the Moken people of Southeast Asia, who have developed perfect underwater vision, or the fish and pearl hunters who learned to stay submerged underwater for minutes at a time simply to be able to earn their living.
At Azure we recognize the importance of keeping our seas clean, protecting valuable marine ecosystems and habitats, and promoting ecological scuba diving practices.
To contribute to the efforts of Cyprus’ many dedicated marine conservationists, we are participating in the Cyclops Cave Clean-up Dive in Cyprus organized in the spirit of the Let’s Do It Mediterranean, “an environmental campaign that brings together different organisations from all Mediterranean countries with the aim of cleaning the Mediterranean sea with the help of at least 1 000 000 volunteers”.
The Clean-up Dive will take place this coming weekend on Saturday, May 10th, at the location of the Cyclops Cave in Cavo Greco, Protaras, which also happens to be one of the most popular scuba diving spots on the island. It is our aim to help all ecologically minded volunteers, including ourselves, to keep Cyprus’ beautiful sea clean and healthy.
To find out more about this event and/or to join, please click here.
To make it easier for you to connect with us and stay informed about everything to do with scuba diving in Cyprus we have decided to make our presence known on the most popular social media networks, such as: Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. Very soon you will also be able to find us on TripAdvisor and Foursquare.
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We are proud to be part of SSI (Scuba Schools International), one of the few training agencies that qualified for a Global ISO Certification and that is represented in over 100 countries. We are affiliated with Happy Divers Cyprus, an SSI Dive Resort located in one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island of Cyprus.
For more information about SSI, please visit the SSI website at: http://www.divessi.com/