Naked Scuba Diving
By J Aubin
Okay, for some people, the feeling of diving in nature with nothing on is relaxing. For that reason, you will actually find a number of naked scuba diving clubs consisting of people who enjoy being free while in the water. Diving in the nude is very exhilarating, allowing the water to caress the body naturally. The number of people who enjoy naked scuba diving would probably surprise you.
In addition to the great feeling that you get while diving nude, there are also the safety considerations. For instance, some subtropical and tropical waters have problems with sea lice that become caught under clothing. The problem is that sea lice sting and it hurts. However, sea lice do not cling to exposed skin, which means people can scuba dive naked and not have to worry about these annoying creatures. Keep in mind that it is recommended body hair be trimmed or shaved.
Additionally, naked scuba diving also helps the diver to become better aware of the underwater environment, which actually teaches better diving skills. For instance, underwater, there are rocks, cliffs, coral, and other items that when brushed up against with a wetsuit can do damage to expensive gear or even create a safety hazard. By feeling the environment on the body, you become more aware of your diving and the environment, which means being more careful.
Just as there are many benefits of naked scuba diving, there are some risks too. In this case, male divers should avoid the process of feeding fish. The reason is that some fish cannot tell food from a male's appendage, thus causing a bite. In addition, men should protect themselves when in large schools of fish. While this might sound funny, it can be a problem and bites do occur. Therefore, just be aware of the environment when diving without a wetsuit or bathing suit so you take the right protective measures.
Interestingly, many divers are now trying naked diving and finding they love it. The following are some sites that accept nude diving should you decide to try it for yourself:
- St. Maarten - Orient Beach French
- Cozumel - San Francisco Beach
- Yucatan, Mayan Corridor - Playa Del Carman
- St. Barts
- Half Moon Bay
- West End Bay
- Nassau (Breezes)
- Cat Island (Cutlass Bay)
- Dominican Republic
- Hispaniola (Eden Bay Resort)
- Key Largo (Jules Undersea Lodge)
- Runaway Beach (Breezes)
- Braco (Grand Lido)
- Nigro (Grand Lido)
Naked Scuba Diving, Scuba Diving Equipment and more at http://www.getscubadiving.com
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