Since Erica and I became PADI certified, many people have asked us to confirm/deny rumors and myths that they’ve often heard about regarding scuba diving. Because of the sheer volume of these requests, I figured it would be best to answer all these questions at once in a post.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most common myths associated with scuba diving and the reality behind each one:
MYTH: Sharks will eat you.
- Only if you’re weak. And bleeding. And they’re hungry. Not to mention, evolution gave us a natural shark repellent. They are called fists. If you are weak and bleeding and there is a hungry shark swimming at you, put up your dukes and start repelling.
MYTH: You will be crushed by the pressure of the water if you dive too deep.
- This is not true. The human body is over 90% water, which can’t be compressed by more water. This is also the reason your mother told you not to run with sharp objects.
MYTH: You can ride on the backs of giant seahorses.
- Sorry, but this isn’t possible. However, riding in their pouch is a different story.
MYTH: Carrying 2000 lbs of air on your back will break your legs.
- 2000 lbs of anything is heavy. This is why Scuba divers put air in magical cylinders that were created by mermaid scientists.
MYTH: Sound travels 4x faster underwater.
- Actually, this is absolutely true. Crabby and I verified it with speed metal.
MYTH: Puking underwater is not fun.
- Puking underwater is an issue that has plagued divers since the invention of the Aqualung. Fish may love it when you hurl but blowing chunks into your regulator is not an enjoyable sensation. That is, until now…
MYTH: Nitrogen Narcosis is awesome.
- Well, to be honest, we can’t say. Neither Erica or myself were lucky enough to be afflicted by the ‘raptures of the deep’ on any of our dives. However, we opted for the next best thing: