One of the best opportunities to see Dwarf Minke Whales is on a liveaboard in Queensland Australia. Fly to Cairns on the north east coast of Queensland. Then join a liveaboard to swim, snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is in itself an amazing place. But if you visit between June and September, you may also be privileged to see and swim with Dwarf Minke Whales too.
This may come as a surprise to you that the answer of no diving during pregnancy isn’t based upon sound medical research, but it’s the right answer. Your developing fetus isn’t protected from nitrogen bubbles. This means there’s a chance of a theoretical risk for injury Whilst the evidence for this is not fully scientifically proven, the information that is available suggests there are potential risks. The risks from a pregnant mother scuba diving to the unborn baby aren’t worth taking. These risks include possible complications caused by decompression on the ascent from a dive.
Farne Islands diving is some of the best Scuba Diving in the UK there is. If you love to see wildlife, and in particular seals, then you’re in for a treat. The best time to to dive in the Farne Islands is late September to early October, when the adolescent seals are around and the water temperature is between 14-15C (57-59F). At this time they are very inquisitive and will engage with scuba divers. The best tip for them to come close, is to set your buoyancy and float on your back. Doing this makes you appear less threatening and they will come right up to you and even bite at your fins.
You shouldn’t be scuba diving if you suffer from severe claustrophobic reactions. However, if your response to confined spaces is a mild anxiety then you should be okay to scuba dive. However, be mindful of what causes your claustrophobia and avoid situations that may cause you to react. For example, you should probably avoid swimming into swim-throughs, caves and I wouldn’t suggest you penetrate wrecks either. However, if these are things you’d like to try out, take steps to treat your claustrophobia first.
Having suffered from a panic attack when scuba diving myself, I know how important the question about how to overcome panic when scuba diving is. Firstly, let your dive buddy know there’s something wrong. If the panic is caused by Nitrogen Narcosis, try ascending a few feet or a metre or so. Control your breathing, as this may stop the attack, but will help to conserve your air supply too. Mind distraction helps, really focus on what’s around you on the dive, get interested in what you can see. Ask yourself why you love scuba diving and focus on this aspect.
Scapa Flow is in the Orkney Islands in Scotland at the most northern tip of the UK. There are eight main ship wrecks to dive that remain from the scuttled German fleet. The dive depths range from about 12 metres (40 feet) to about 45 metres (150 feet). The waters are the warmest in September where they rise to 14C (57F), but go down to 4C (39F) in April. Visibility can be as good as 30 metres (100 feet), but also drop to around 10 metres (33 feet). Which in UK terms is very good visibility. Dive boats are boarded at a place called Stromness on Orkney mainland.