The Early Beginnings Of Scuba Diving
Thailand is one of the countries in Southeast that rely heavily on the revenue generated from tourism. There is literally an endless list of things for tourists to do while in Thailand from relaxing in the sandy beaches to scuba diving in Phuket and exploring the ancient shrines and temples. Phuket which is the largest island of Thailand boasts of a stunning coastline, clear blue skies and tropical climate.
A lot of people are attracted to scuba diving because they want to explore the great unknown. However, have you ever wondered how men managed to discover the proper methods to explore the underwater world with the right equipment to breathe like a fish? Without the right equipment that dive shops rent to divers, scuba diving will not be possible.
According to history, scuba diving was undertaken by people centuries ago. Back then, people managed to breathe under the water through simple resources that are a lot different from the modern equipment used today. Surprisingly, the simple resources were effective. An example is one of the first stories that dates back to 500 B.C. wherein a Greek soldier managed to breathe like a fish for hours by using a hollow reed.
A couple of centuries later, Aristotle, a Greek philosopher reported that Alexander the Great hid under the waters during the siege of Tyre. Apparently, Alexander managed to stay under the water by using a barrel as a diving bell.
Because of man’s curiosity on what the underworld contains, different methods were tried to find an effective and safe way to breathe. There were many attempts to create re-breathing devices that will work. A decade later after Jacques Cousteau and Emilie Gagnan created a successful re-breathing device, recreational diving became a popular water activity. Nowadays, everyone wants to try the opportunity to explore the world of fishes and other marine life.
The resources used today for scuba diving in Phuket can never be considered as simple. Scuba diving equipment is modern, effective and safe with well equipped yachts specifically designed for diving. Daily day trips are available for those who desire to explore the amazing underwater world of the Andaman Sea.