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Scuba Diving

Overview

SCUBA an acronym for ‘Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus’ was developed in the mid-1940s by the world-famous underwater explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Scuba diving has evolved into a non-competitive but very exciting adventure sports over the years.

Deep water Scuba diving will relinquish all your needs of exploring alone and experiencing the most peaceful state of the world. It will provide you an opportunity to discover some of the best scenic beauty you have ever seen, to experience a whole new world of marine life and spend some valuable time with them.

As someone has beautifully said, ” The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish”.

Season

Season for Scuba diving in India

You can experience and scuba diving nearly the whole year in India except the monsoon months (June to September) when you shouldn’t. This is due to an interdiction of disturbing fishes during their reproduction. The water is also not very clear and looks murky.

The best period to Scuba dive in India is from December to April where you can enjoy the corals due to clear water and a diversity of fishes.

Location

Locations in India for Scuba diving

India is surrounded by the ocean from 3 sides. So you have the opportunity to dive in many different places with the different seabeds having varied flora and fauna.

Here are the main spots where you can have Scuba Diving:

1. Andaman and Nicobar Island

Andaman and Nicobar islands are the archipelagoes in the Bay of Bengal. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the seven union territories of India. The government of Andaman and Nicobar islands generates a major part of its revenue from tourism and adventure sports. Scuba Diving is better experienced in the months of November to April.

 

  1. Havelock Island:lighthouse (perfect for night diving), Mac Point ( which is popular for the Dugong), Barracuda City ( where you can meet turtles), Seduction point (perfect to find staghorn corals)
  2. Neil island: Marghrita’s Mischief, K Rock ( where it is easy to dive due to calm currents with a volcanic seabed), Bus stop.
  3. Port Blair: In the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Island you can also practice scuba diving mostly in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor and Jolly Buoy.
  4. North Point, Cinque Island: Water on this island is crystal clear. It is considered among the clearest water in the world. The clarity of the water is up to 80 feet. The seabed here is full of varied diversity of fish species, and abundance of sponges and small corals.
  5. Bala Reef:A diver can explore an area up to 4.5 km sq. Bala reef gives a short glimpse of every diving spots in Andaman and Nicobar island.

2. Goa

By hearing the word Goa, if you only picture partying then you need to change your mind. Goa is home to many adventure sport such as scuba diving. Scuba diving is very popular in Goa. In Goa, you will have fun with underwater fishes and will get to see corals in the right season. In the months of October to May diving is best experienced.

  1. Grand Island: This place is considered as one of the best places for scuba diving in Goa. When you are back on the boat after diving you will remain stunned by the beauty underwater. There will be dolphins swimming around you, greeting you gracefully.someof the diving sites in Grand Island are: Uma Guava Reef, Shelter Cove, Locker of Davy Jones,The Jetty.
  2. The Wreck of Suzy’s:There are world war 2 metal ruins in the shallow water starting at 3 meters and the lowest being  12 meters. The aquatic creatures are quite diverse. This diversity decorates the marine life in a beautiful way.

3. Pondicherry

The sites of Pondicherry are yet unpopular but exotic. Over the year there has been substantial growth in diving activities. In Pondicherry visibility in water is upto 5-20 meters. Particularly best time to for diving in Pondicherry is January to June. The waters here are unexplored.

There are few diving spots which are must to be visited : Cool Shark Reef, 4 Corners, The Hole & Temple Reef

4. Kovalam

Kovalam is situated in Kerala. Kovalam is a place of beaches. Presence of crystal clear water is gaining attention of scuba divers. Kovalam is a developing place for scuba diving. It is suggested to visit Kovalam for diving in the month of December and January.

You can found those species:  shoals of anchovy and silver moony, Bluefin trevaly, the odd Moray eel, puffer fish, groupers, box fish, sergeants, pipe fish, etc.

5. Murudeshwar

Mudeshwar is town in Bhatkal Taluka of Uttara Kannada District in the state of Karnataka, India. This town has the world’s second largest Shiva statue. The statue is located on a beach and looks so magnificent as if it is located between the ocean.

Murudeshwar/Netrani Island is one of the best places in India for scuba diving. Here the coral is so beautiful that you will fall in love with the marine life. Diving season in Murudeshwar is October to May. The depth of water is 6 to 40 meters and the visibility ranges between 15 to 30 meters.

6. Lakshwadeep Island

The archipelago of Lakshadweep consists of about thirty-nine islands, these islands lies approximately 200 to 400 km away from the southwestern coast of India in Laccadive sea. Lakshwadeep islands have a major island which is known for scuba diving:

Minicoy Island where you can dive between 35m to 40m. You can experience to see those marine animals (Sharks, bull rays, turtles, school of jacks, red snappers, black snappers, napoleon wrasse, barracuda, sweet lips, humpback parrot fish and giant sweet lips).

Sport

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is not a sport made for competition, it is a leisure extreme sport which gives you the opportunity to perceive the seabed and all the fauna and flora that the marine’s world can offer, and it is also a tool of work for scientists. But don’t forget Scuba diving is still a sport that requires a decent physical condition.

Competition & Festival

It’s a recreational sport and there aren’t any competitions per say.

Festivals

Well, the state govts. to promote coastal tourism organize diving festivals.
Last year the Karnataka Govt. organized a two-day Scuba Diving festival in the Paradise Island of Netrani, Karnataka. Freediving, snorkeling, underwater hockey and lot of other activities were hosted here

General Tips

  1. Do not dive within 24 hours of landing off an aircraft.
  2. Pop a pill if you are prone to seasickness or even car sickness and aren’t comfortably puking it all out in a bag.
  3. Just before the dive, pause, check around and remember the safety briefings and underwater signals.
  4. Take deep and slow breathes this help in reducing the consumption of oxygen.
  5. Never try to hold your breath.
  6. Move slowly in the water, look around.
  7. Communicate with the instructor or your partner.
  8. Post dive stay warm and hydrated.
  9. Practice and practice unless you can stretch your own limits

Equipments

In Scuba Diving, all the equipments such as oxygen tank, harness, diving mask, breathing regulator, palms and wet-suit would be provided by the scuba diving school and the uses of these equipments are explained in the corresponding picture.