Swimming is a fun game even exercise activity enjoyed by people of all ages, genders and race. There are various techniques involved in swimming, and one of them is underwater swimming. This type of swimming technique has gained popularity over time because of its risqué nature which pumps up the adrenaline of the swimmers.
Types of underwater swimming activities
There are a variety of underwater swimming activities that one can partake in. these activities range from competitive underwater activities to leisure underwater activities. They can be professional in nature, as well as amateurish. The category that one chooses depends on the preparedness of the person and the safety of the activity.
This is a really popular type of underwater activity, especially in tropical areas with resorts. It is mainly recreational in nature, and it gives the swimmer an opportunity to observe aqua life in relative comfort, for a prolonged period.
One great advantage about snorkeling is that it can be practiced with even amateur divers without the need for extensive training and complicated equipment. Due to the above fact, people of all ages are attracted to its simplicity and convenience.
Snorkeling is defined as a swimming activity whereby a swimmer can swim through a water body, or even on a water body while armed with equipment which enable them breathe. Some of this equipment is a snorkel, which is a tube with gas for breathing, a mask for diving, accompanied with fins to enable streamlined swimming. In some cases, where the water is cooler, a wet suit is worn, to prevent the cold from reaching the swimmer’s body.
This is a more professional form of underwater swimming, although can also be recreational. This type of diving requires lessons and training depending on the level of certification that a swimmer desires. One is also required to have a certain level of fitness to be granted certification. It involves a swimmer called a scuba diver and this swimmer usually has their own breathing equipment called a scuba. The scuba contains compressed gas which enables the swimmer breathe well underwater. The diver’s suit has fins which enable streamlined swimming. To be able to see well underwater, the diver uses a mask and to be able to manage buoyancy, necessary sinkers are used.
The scuba apparatus comes in two categories: open circuit, this is whereby the diver breaths in air from the equipment and dispenses it to the surroundings. Closed or semi-closed circuit is more complex as the diver inhales the air from the equipment, and exhales it to the same equipment. The exhaled air is then scrapped off the carbon dioxide and the oxygen is recycled.
It is also known as skin diving. This is a type of underwater swimming technique whereby the diver stays underwater solely by their ability to hold their breath. These types of divers need to regularly go to the water surface to get air. It is usually enjoyed as sport and also recreation. Traditional fishing can also be practiced by this method
Competitive underwater swimming
This happened only once at the 1900 summer Olympics held in Paris, dubbed, 'Men’s underwater swimming’. The event comprised of fourteen swimmers, from a total of four countries. Due to lack of audience appeal, the event has not been repeated since.
When practiced safely, underwater swimming can be a fun and memorable activity, however, unsafe underwater swimming can be a dangerous activity.