SCUBA diving is a pastime which is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. Each year more and more adventurous spirits are putting on swimming fins, wet suits and plunging into the unexplored world of various oceans and small lakes like Pompton Lakes. SCUBA diving can also seem extremely daunting and scary to beginners. However, small lakes are the perfect spot to begin to learn more about SCUBA diving, the equipment needed and to literally begin to get your feet wet in this fun filled sport. SCUBA equipment allows for divers to stay beneath the water’s surface for extended periods of time, without having to resurface for oxygen. The majority of people who SCUBA dive do so in a recreational manner, however SCUBA can also be used for commercial and scientific purposes, and is often used by military personnel.
What is SCUBA diving?
SCUBA stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus. SCUBA divers use diving equipment: scuba mask, breathing apparatus, swimming fins and often times a wet suit, to dive to various depths of oceans and lakes to explore the world beneath the surface.
What is a rebreather?
A rebreather is a breathing apparatus which allows swimmers to stay underwater for longer periods of time by absorbing exhaled carbon dioxide and recycling the diver’s unused oxygen. Additional oxygen is then added to make certain the diver has adequate amounts of air. A rebreather is different from open circuit breathing apparatus which simply discharge the exhaled carbon dioxide directly into the environment after each breath.
How to use a rebreather:
Using a rebreather is actually a lot easier than one might first guess and a perfect for divers looking to explore small lakes. Rebreathers are light weight and easy to strap to your back, allowing for your arms to move freely without getting snagged or suffering from a limited range of motion. The rebreather simply straps across your back and then has a mask which fits snuggly, yet comfortably, over your face. Using the rebreather is simple – you merely breathe in and out as you normally would. The rebreather then circulates the exhaled carbon dioxide and adds the right amount of oxygen to ensure the diver is always getting clean, filtered, air.
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Why Would You Want to Use a Rebreather?
Rebreathers have gained a lot of popularity among divers recently for various reasons. One of the main reasons scuba divers are turning to rebreathers is because they are a lot quieter than other scuba diving apparatus used to breath under water. Rebreathers’ release, few, or no bubbles which means that not only do you not hear the bubbles, but neither do the fish and other wildlife. The lack of bubbles provides a much quieter underwater atmosphere and the chance for scuba divers to get closer to marine life allowing for more interaction, a heightened diving experience and lot better pictures. Rebreathers have also been credited with warming the air divers breathe in and making diving more comfortable by eliminating dry mouth that divers often complain about when using other breathing apparatus.