Chronicle of a mutation: From terrestrial humans to underwater creaturesPrestige issue 110, July 2002
No, you do not need to be an outstanding athlete for diving. Wrongly considered as a dangerous hobby, certain sports are riskier and less exciting. Diving allows us to discover the marine world.
© Prestige1-Still terrestrial beings, students donned their diving neoprene suit. Almost ready to take the plunge, supervised by three instructors. 2-We prepare the mask by spitting into it, we spread saliva, we rinse with water to prevent the formation of condensation. Hmm, not very attractive for a work.
© Prestige1-We check the equipment, we experience breathing compressed air. A student finds it is not a bad idea, nicer than a hookah. 2-Come on, we help each other to bring the material under the watchful eye of the instructor. Team work is an important element in the practice of diving. 3-We get into the water and we float listening carefully to the final instructions before initiating aquatic descent.
© PrestigeFirst underwater experience: discover the sensation of breathing underwater, adapt to the new environment.
© Prestige1-We start the plunge in the funds, the BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) enables zero buoyancy. We escape gravity. Incredible. 2-“Hey, come back down, you float too! Deflate a bit your BCD. “We give ourselves advice by gestures to perfect the technique.
© PrestigeFloating mastered, here we go, we set off cautiously watched by the instructor.
© Prestige1-How about it, right? Come on, join us! 2-We train to the “buddy breathing” if there are some air problems, first emergency Partner gesture.
© Prestige1- Demonstration of the instructor on how to remove and replace the mask. 2-What should you do in case of cramp? Repeating the right move while the boys laugh.
© Prestige1-The student calmly deflates his BCD. Towards the end of the course, he has already mastered the equipment. 2-We feel like a fish in water. Next step: the sea, its mysteries!