What are the dangers of scuba diving and underwater exploration?

What problems do scuba divers face under seawater?

Decompression sickness: Often called “the bends,” decompression sickness happens when a scuba diver ascends too quickly. Divers breathe compressed air that contains nitrogen. At higher pressure under water, the nitrogen gas goes into the body’s tissues. This doesn’t cause a problem when a diver is down in the water.

Why is scuba diving bad for the ocean?

Marine tourism affects reef communities directly through disturbance such as structural damage to corals, boats grounding on reefs and damage by anchors, and indirectly through alteration of water quality by nutrient enrichment and pollution by toxic substances, waste water and increased turbidity.

Is scuba diving bad for the environment?

Divers and diving operations have a negative impact on the environment, causing direct damage as well as indirect damage through pollution and development. The industry has also been hit hard by poaching and overfishing. Several sites have been closed and permit systems introduced, frustrating some operators.

Is scuba diving a recreational activity?

However, by far its widest use, in terms of number of participants, is recreational. Recreational scuba today is like other any other sport that requires specialized equipment and training, such as snow skiing, sailing, mountain climbing and horseback riding.

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