The amazing underwater universe!

The amazing wealth of underwater nature

Diving and snorkelling take you to the heart of the marine environment, which never ceases to amaze you with its incredible wealth of scenery and life forms. Bursting with life and colour, the sun’s rays seem to literally dance before your eyes... This pure source of delight is accessible to everyone, especially via snorkelling, which only requires fins, a mask and snorkel, and can be tried by anyone from age 7 to 77 and beyond! Diving requires more equipment that is trickier to master, meaning technical training and supervision are necessary. But once you know how to do it, you’re free to enjoy both sports at the weekend or on holiday, with friends or your kids. What’s more, you can practice all over the world: in freshwater or seawater, hot or cold climates! 

Magical activities requiring a responsible approach

As with any outdoor sporting activity, snorkelling and scuba diving involve certain risks. You are in a natural environment, with unpredictable weather conditions and local residents to take into consideration. And you often need to use heavy or unfamiliar equipment, with specific instructions for use. 

~The basics for protecting the safety of divers and snorkellers:~- carefully read through the directions for use and safety instructions for the products in question ~- practice beforehand ~- never go solo ~- keep an eye on your kids at all times!

Potential risks to be aware of for maximum comfort in the marine environment

1) PREVENT ACCIDENTS RELATED TO MARINE LIFE

Whether diving or snorkelling, you’re bound to come into contact with some fascinating species, but don’t let your guard down!

In the underwater universe, you may be treated to some explosive encounters! Be extra careful if you come into contact with weevers, rays, scorpion fish, jellyfish and sea urchins. Some are even capable of generating electricity, like the torpedo (electric ray). As for the risk of bites, keep away from moray eels and triggerfish, and look out for lobsters, that like to pinch!~Don’t worry, this type of encounter is rare, and a few simple precautions are all it takes to avoid an accident:~- control your buoyancy ~- keep calm, don’t make any sudden movements ~- while it may sometimes be possible to put a foot down on the sand, avoid touching the coral, which can cause burning or itching ~- try to curb the crazy urge to touch everything!~- make sure you wear a full wetsuit 

 

2) PREVENT ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY THE WEATHER

Are the wind and waves looking hostile? Do not go snorkelling in these conditions. Prepare your diving equipment on the embankment, in calm, dry conditions, to avoid unnecessary haste and seasickness.

~Is there a strong current? It may pull you away from the coast and leave you feeling short of breath, or worse. Snorkellers - be aware of the conditions and don’t overestimate your abilities. Divers - relax, haul yourself up with your hands on the lifeline, then on the anchor to lower yourself. Down at the bottom, protect yourself with the relief.

~Is there a biting cold on land or in the water? Before, during and after your excursion, protect yourself from the cold by wearing suitable clothing - a neoprene diving suit with the right thickness, together with diving gloves, boots and hood if needed.

Diving and snorkelling safety tips
Baptiste, Subea digital manager

Baptiste

Digital manager - padi rescue and level 1 ffessm

I'm Subea's Digital Manager. I'm passionate about spear fishing and free diving, and have been scuba diving for over fifteen years. I dive alone down to 60 meters.