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Snorkeling Vs. Scuba Diving: Which One’s For You?

Do you want to do something exciting on your vacation getaway? Scuba diving and snorkeling in Aqaba are great ways to have an unforgettable experience! However, if you have the time to enjoy only one of the activities, you should know that snorkeling gives you the view of a wide-angle lens of a camera, while scuba-diving can let you enjoy the view of a macro lens. Here are some factors to consider to choose the best for you! Do You Have any Health Conditions? If you have any underlying health conditions like heart issues, asthma, lung or respiratory diseases, then don’t go for scuba diving as it can get pretty overwhelming. And avoid scuba-diving if you’re pregnant. Don’t be sad; you can still enjoy the ocean! Witness the marine life from the top of the ocean and opt for snorkeling. Are You a Confident Swimmer? Scuba diving requires you to be trained for it but, this isn’t essential for snorkeling. If you’re someone who’s scared of water but still wants to experience marine life – then snorkeling is surely for you! Just being at the surface of the ocean and leaving your body loose, with an endless sea in front of you, will give you a scenic view and soothe your mind. Can You Handle a Lot of Equipment? That’s a really important aspect to consider before you make a decision. For snorkeling, you’ll only need a mask, goggles, and a snorkel. Whereas scuba diving requires you to wear a lot more equipment like air… Read More »Snorkeling Vs. Scuba Diving: Which One’s For You?


Understanding the Importance of Keeping the Sea Clean

About 40% of the world’s living species population lives under the coast. From achromic to bright-colored creatures and from the brightest to the strangest and most dull species, the sea is home to various living creatures. You don’t want to harm their environment; here is a list of five reasons why keeping the seas clean is essential. Helps us breathe: Phytoplankton in the sea is responsible for producing over 50% of the oxygen on Earth. They absorb fifty times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere, transferring about 10 gigatonnes of atmospheric carbon into the seas yearly. Hence, seas are a primary source of oxygen vital for human life; keeping them clean means sustainable oxygen supply for us. Economic benefits: Fisheries and aquaculture approximately employ 56 million people directly and help generate employment for 660 – 820 million people. The ocean is vital to world’s economy as 9 – 12% of the global population is dependent on the sea for their livelihoods. The U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods and services and ocean-dependent businesses. Keeping the seas dirty would mean posing a threat to aquatic life, which will affect the yearly earnings from this sector. Regulates our climate: Do you know that oceans absorb a quarter of all the carbon dioxide exhaled into the atmosphere by humans? They help keep the carbon cycle in balance by acting as a carbon sink. Seas absorb over 90% of the heat caused due to global warming. The heating and cooling effects of ocean currents make world temperatures… Read More »Understanding the Importance of Keeping the Sea Clean

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Why You Should Get Into Scuba Diving

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Apart from being a relaxing and thrilling experience, scuba diving offers many health benefits. Regardless of if you’re a beginner or someone who has been diving deep sea for a long time, scuba diving provides numerous health benefits to everyone. Here is a list of 5 such extra-ordinary unusual benefits you never knew: Lowers blood pressure When you warm up and get used to the water, your fluctuating heart rate and blood pressure get normal. The slow and deep breathing techniques you learn during the dive course help reduce your blood pressure. Helps you exercise Dietitians recommend cutting 500 to 700 calories a day to lose 1 to 1.5 pounds weekly. However, this is achievable with one hour of looking around and enjoying marine life. Scuba diving helps train your core and glutes without even you noticing it. Carrying all the gears and tanks works like weight lifting. Boosts immune system Dives usually take place in salty water. Salty water helps improve your immune system and is very good for your skin, increasing its elasticity. Seawater helps open your pores allowing absorption of sea minerals into the skin that assist in removing harmful toxins from the body. Simultaneously, sunlight increases the vitamin D levels needed for calcium absorption in the bones to make them healthier and stronger. Vitamin D also helps the cells transfer calcium to each other. Improves muscular strength and flexibility Your muscles work harder underwater to overcome the resistance by the water and currents. Diving frequently strengthens your muscles, making them flexible,… Read More »Why You Should Get Into Scuba Diving

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5 Things You Need to Look Out for Before You Scuba Dive

To be able to breathe underwater and explore the world below is incredible. But all adventures come with certain levels of risk, and scuba diving is no exception. It is a sport enjoyed by many people across the world. With proper training at the best dive center in Aqaba, scuba diving can be enjoyed as a safe and thrilling adventure. Here is a list of the most common risks associated with scuba diving. Decompression Sickness: Decompression sickness (DCS), also known as the bends, occurs when you are unable to properly decompress when going from a high-pressure to a lower-pressure environment. As a result, bubbles are formed in your blood and tissues that can cause blockages and lead to nerve damage. In extreme cases, it can also prove to be fatal. Your PADI Open Water Course will teach you how to prevent this. Equipment malfunctions: A diver’s worst nightmare is equipment failure. Malfunctioning equipment can cause the diver to panic resulting in unusual breathing that uses up more oxygen and can lead to deadly consequences. Equipment problems made up 15% of the 940 scuba diving fatalities studied by Divers’ Alert Network (DAN) in the last ten years. Checking your equipment before you dive is essential. Drowning: The most frequent cause of death while scuba diving, with more than 80% of deaths reported, is drowning. Drowning is often a repercussion to a diver panicking or being unconscious due to certain health issues not related to diving or a malfunctioning gear. You dive instructor will teach you how to remain… Read More »5 Things You Need to Look Out for Before You Scuba Dive

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How to Ensure a Safe Diving Experience

Scuba diving is much safer than many other sports. The rate of accidents is low; studies show only 2 fatalities per 100,000 dives which is much less compared to dangers posed by several sports activities. If you have been trained and ensure all the safety precautions, the probability of accidents is minimal. Here are four things that you, as a scuba diver, must keep in mind to make sure you are diving safely. Do not exceed your limits It is easy to get influenced by peer pressure, but remember to always decide for yourself. If you’re unusually anxious or apprehensive before a dive, listen to your gut feelings and postpone the dive or change the location. Diving is supposed to be fun and not stressful. At the same time, never attempt a dive that is beyond your qualification. There are different depth limits, skills, and experience with various certification levels, so do not be tempted to exceed those limits as they are for your safety only. Double-check your gears Your scuba gear is your lifeline and essential for your survival underwater. Never miss out on the final checks of the gears before you dive, and make sure you have all the equipment and backups needed. Always cross-check the equipment with your partner. Make sure you know where safety features such as emergency oxygen, first aid kit, and integrated weight systems are at all times. Breathe, breathe, and breathe The most important of all the rules is never to hold your breath underwater. Holding your breath… Read More »How to Ensure a Safe Diving Experience

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The Best PADI Dive Courses in Aqaba: A Comprehensive Guide

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About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and those who haven’t gone scuba diving only get to see 29% of it. Scuba diving doesn’t just have to be an item on your bucket list; you can also turn it into a profession by getting certified. PADI courses are world-recognized in this domain for the top-of-the-line knowledge and instruction model they follow.If you’re interested in scuba diving in Aqaba, Deep Blue offers daily diving options in addition to PADI dive courses that’ll allow you to get certified to dive or teach diving anywhere in the world. Here’s a complete guide for those who wish to get certified in scuba diving: Beginner Level Courses If you’re just starting out, our beginner courses at Deep Blue are made for you! These include the PADI Discover Scuba, PADI Scuba Diver, and PADI Open Water Diver. The PADI Discover Scuba is a non-certified course that will teach you basic guidelines of scuba diving in Aqaba. It includes training, one dive, and all scuba equipment. The course is priced at 90 JOD. The PADI Scuba Diver is a slightly longer certified beginner-level course spanning 2-3 days with onsite training. In addition, the course equips you to be able to dive 12 meters deep and enables you to progress to the advanced levels next. It is priced at 390 JOD. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular certified course for beginners. The course provides an excellent foundation for all future training and takes 3-4 days to… Read More »The Best PADI Dive Courses in Aqaba: A Comprehensive Guide

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The Ultimate Women’s Dive Guide—Scuba Diving in Aqaba

According to recent findings, 63% of active scuba divers are males; however, this figure is expected to change in upcoming years. More and more women are venturing out into the deep waters. Given the right tools and guidance, scuba diving can be a safe and enjoyable experience. It allows you to explore the underwater world. Located in Tala Bay Resort, our scuba diving center in Aqaba offers a unique underwater experience with our PADI advanced open water divers who are trained to fare the seas. Take a look at our daily diving options. You can also sign up for our PADI dive courses to be certified professionally. Alongside our beginner and advanced courses, we’re also offering an e-learning course for you to start at home and finish abroad! Here’s a complete guide for women who wish to get started with scuba diving in Aqaba: What to Pack? The excitement of a scuba diving trip begins with the packing. While you’re sure to find a store in Aqaba if you need something, it’s best to carry the essentials. Carry all your hygiene and sanitary products. For times when you’re underwater, using menstrual cups is recommended to ensure a safe and hygienic trip. With their higher capacity and no-waste quality, menstrual cups also happen to be an eco-friendly option. Moreover, leave your expensive jewelry or valuable belongings at home. You’d be a lot more comfortable without having to worry about them. Pack any medicines that you may need during the trip. A Trusted Dive Center Safety is an… Read More »The Ultimate Women’s Dive Guide—Scuba Diving in Aqaba

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3 Reasons You Need Professional Training Before Diving Deep

Once you begin to explore the underwater world, there’s no turning back! Most divers who dive for the first time return for another trip. However, the thrill to dive deeper often leads to underestimated potential dangers. The Dunning-Kruger effect is popular among divers wherein beginners seem to overestimate their abilities and indulge in risk-taking behavior. This may result in disregard of safety equipment. On its own, scuba diving is known to be a pretty safe sport. The mortality rate is 0.5 – 1.2 deaths per 100,000 people. However, when divers take unwarranted risks and don’t seek professional training, they lose out on certain self-management tools which could potentially cost them their life. If you’re looking to dive deeper, enroll in our PADI-certified courses which range from beginner to advanced and pro levels to train divers professionally. You can also get PADI certified via the e-learning option. At Deep Blue, we offer daily diving options in addition to our PADI dive courses so that you can explore the depths of the Red Sea in Aqaba. Here’s why you need professional training before diving deep: Narcosis You might want to dive deeper for the thrill or to further explore the underwater world. However, narcosis can quickly turn a wonderful trip into a miserable experience. It usually happens when divers go more than 30m deep. It can result from the anesthetic effect of certain gases at high pressure. This alteration results in symptoms of light-headedness, similar to that of being drunk. PADI-trained divers are taught about appropriate depths… Read More »3 Reasons You Need Professional Training Before Diving Deep