Some people enjoy wintertime with lots of snow, and wearing warm coats, drinking hot cocoa and eating hearty, filling stews with a side of fresh, hot, buttered biscuits. Some people think of wintertime as something that must be endured and escaped from, if it is possible. If you are in the second group of people, what better way to escape winter than by taking a trip to the tropics to go scuba diving?
Can you look out a window right now and see heaps of snow? Is there a bitter, blowing wind? Now take a minute and change that scene to one in your mind, where the sun is bright and shining, and is reflecting off both the beach and the surface of the water, making the water and the sand sparkle and glisten. Doesn’t that sound blissful and inviting?
There is more to do in the Caribbean than lie on the beach or frolic in the water, though you could still do those things each day of your vacation. Have you ever wanted to see what goes on underneath the water’s surface? Maybe you’ve even gone snorkeling and seen a few surface fish and other animals. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of life beneath the waves, if only for a short while. When you go snorkeling, you are more at the mercy of the weather because if the water is rough or a storm is coming, it can make swimming more difficult and obscure the sun, and therefore the visibility in the water itself. You are kind of stuck on the surface of the water, since you use the snorkel to breathe while you look underwater.
Scuba diving is different and takes underwater activity from mere viewing into the realm of exploration. Scuba stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and it is different from snorkeling because you are not stuck floating on the surface. As a matter of fact, your gear is weighted so that you don’t bob to the surface, because human bodies are buoyant and like to float. But with scuba gear, you get to swim and stay underwater, breathing from an air tank. You can get up close and personal with the marine life which calls the coral reefs home, and you can even poke around inside any nearby caves. You can even see what lives and lurks on the ocean floor, which is something that you can’t do when you snorkel unless you’re in shallow water on a very sunny day.
If you’ve never snorkeled before, you should know that it isn’t safe to dive within 24 hours of flying. Your all inclusive travel agent knows this, and will plan your scuba excursion for a safe time during your trip. Scuba companies have strict safety standards because they want you to have an enjoyable outing and to be safe as well. The staff will help to familiarize you with the equipment if you are a novice. You may even practice in a pool or in shallow water so you can become comfortable with breathing underwater. They want you to feel calm and secure, and to have a fantastic scuba diving trip.
Are you ready to book your trip and plan your scuba excursion? Call your all inclusive travel agent right away.