Scuba Diving – Take the Plunge!

Scuba Diving – Take the Plunge!

Da-Vinci-Diving-ModelThe Maltese Islands are the perfect place for backpackers and travellers to go scuba diving. Whether you’re an experienced diver or you want to try it out for the first time, the Maltese archipelago offers unparalleled opportunities for an unforgettable experience.

Scuba diving was first envisaged by the great artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, who sketched out various designs for a rudimentary diving suit. His suit was actually built by modern inventors and it worked in shallow water, and the British Library had a model as an exhibit in 2004. Several centuries after Leonardo da Vinci, many men attempted to explore the deep sea through developing diving suits. Scuba diving as we know it today was invented in 1942 by Jacques Cousteau, who created the Aqua Lung model. SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus and man’s fascination with exploring the ocean’s depths has only been possible due to these devices.

 

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Diving Locations in the Maltese Islands

Malta has countless diving locations, with varying levels of difficulty. More experienced divers can head for the famous Blue Lagoon in Comino, or the fascinating wreck of, scuttled off the coast of Malta. More information on the wreck can be found here. Popular diving sites around Malta’s coastline include Bugibba, Cirkewwa, Sliema, Qawra, Mellieha and St Julians, among others. Malta’s sister island, Gozo, is also a fantastic place for scuba diving, boasting locations like Marsalforn, Mgarr and Xlendi. An interesting website run by Dive  Systems, one of the PADI diving centres in Malta, has a comprehensive map of all the diving sites in the Maltese Islands. The Blue Hole dive site in Dwejra, Gozo, is one of the most beautiful dives available. It is near the Azure Window, also known as ‘It-Tieqa’ in Maltese, a beautiful limestone arch, a site which any backpacker simply has to see.

Visitors to the hostel can speak to us at the reception to find out more about booking a scuba diving trip!

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Any traveller staying at the hostel will find scuba diving an amazing experience, in summer or winter.

I went scuba diving for the first time this summer, and though the prospect can be slightly daunting, the fact that you’re going to be able to breathe underwater is exhilarating. We were taken to Qawra Point and the diving instructors explained how the gear works and were willing to answer any questions we had. Once you’re in your wet suit, the instructor will help you put on your diving tank. You’ll find this very heavy for a few minutes until you get into the water. Basically you’re supplied with air through your regulator which connects to the tank, and you also have a vest which inflates or deflates with air. When you want to descend you deflate the vest and vice versa. Interestingly, we had to spit in our goggles, so that underwater we would be able to see clearly.

 

 

We spent a few minutes floating, practising with just our faces in the sea to get used to the sensation of breathing through the regulator. Then…down we went.

It’s a new world underwater. The noisy shouts of a beach full of people were shut off and it was completely silent. I took a few hurried breaths for the first few minutes, trying to wrap my head around the fact that I was not going to have to go up for air. However, everyone quickly adjusted to the sensation and we swum off. Being underwater is probably the closest I will ever get to experience being weightless. You can watch astronauts bounce around in zero gravity flights on YouTube, but underwater, you can experience it first-hand. The entire dive lasted around 45 minutes, but it felt like we were underwater for much longer. On your first dive you can’t go below a depth of 5 to 6 metres, but it’ll be more than enough to enjoy the thrill of the experience.

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