It’s very easy to think of Scuba Diving as a sport or recreation, but it’s more analogous to “Tai Chi” or “Yoga” than anything else.
There’s a certain uneasiness to anything “Alien”, but we as divers who have transgressed the liquid boundary, are quite simply the next generation of water-borne “trekkies”.
One day the next generation might be off to the stars … NASA Space training is all done in a liquid world!!
Just as with Astronauts, the key for an enjoyable mission to another world consists of a mixture of ingredients… A thorough foundation of knowledge, professional training, the support of a reputable training establishment, quality equipment and training materials and a dash of pre-dive preparation and planning.
Divers, or rather part-time “Aquanauts” as we might be termed in a more cosmological sense, are for certain a strange breed.
Unlike other sports, we have no need to compete, to fight to win or battle for rank… we are a peaceful sort who enjoy our own passing time immersed in a watery medium; delighted by a plethora of alien-like creatures and under the hypnotic sound of a slow “yoga” -like breath.
The key to enjoyable diving, once trained is all about a relaxed easy pace in life, preparation, planning, and a methodological no stress approach to “SCUBA” – Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
I consider myself an “easy” diver or a very relaxed diver, and as such treat everyday underwater as a holiday and as much stress-free as possible. I rarely try to fight a current, and tend to go with the flow, treating diving like “Tai Chi” whereby every breath counts, every movement contains and uses energy, and life is in the balance of movement and breathing…
It is only when correctly breathing that we as divers can achieve our ‘Nirvana’, a space like odyssey of what’s correctly termed “Neutral Buoyancy”. This combined with the beauty of the submerged natural world, is heaven on earth to me.
In a liquid world, our lungs act as air pockets, adding ballast to our bodies. Once correctly weighted, it is the control of airway which in essence, allows us to be free of gravity, just as in space, and to achieve “neutral buoyancy” neither positive or negative in an aqueous medium.
Breathe in and you rise, out and you sink, gently fin and propel your body through time and space into another world!
The title of this artwork piece is “D.EXPLORATION”. Titled this way to express a distinct difference between ‘Exploration’ and ‘DIVE Exploration’ ~ as both ~ are NOTHING alike…!
The words of the article ‘Training for Space, training for life!!’ although written some time ago ~ just seemed to fit here with this…
The work is by Nick Coburn Phillips ~ Marine Scientist & Emerging Explorer.