[singlepic id=313 w=320 h=240 float=left]Scuba diving is a fun and enjoyable sport accessible to anyone in good general fitness and in healthy medical condition. By good general fitness you don’t have to be a super athlete to dive but you must be capable of moderate physical exertion without becoming tied or out of breath.

You might find yourself asking why fitness is important to diving? The answer is that diving puts stress on both your body and mind.

To start with out of the water scuba equipment is quite heavy roughly around 15kg. Being in good shape will help you when moving around in full scuba gear to and from your entry points and when exiting using a ladder. Also while diving you need to exert energy to propel yourself using your fins this greatly increases when diving into a current. A person in good physical condition will find this task a lot easier meaning they won’t get tired as quickly and won’t have to breathe as heavy to oxygenate their muscles meaning their air supply will last longer and they will have better control of their buoyancy.

There are also unseen ways which fitness effects you when scuba diving. When taking the open water diver course you get a basic understanding of how your body absorbs and releases nitrogen. This understanding is later built on with the science of diving specialty done as part of the divemaster course. It is a fact that muscle absorbs and releases nitrogen a lot more efficiently than fat does meaning someone in good general fitness has decreased chance of suffering from a condition called decompression sickness that results from rapid ascents and nitrogen not being released efficiently.

While many smokers around the world enjoy scuba diving without any problems what so ever it is general knowledge that smoking is not good for your health and this applies to scuba diving as well. Smoking before and after diving effects your body in a range of ways including the elasticity of your lungs affecting their ability to equalize to the surrounding pressure, also carbon monoxide bonds to the hemoglobin in your blood supply a lot more efficiently than oxygen does again effecting your ability to absorb and release nitrogen efficiently. Sairee Cottage diving is proud to support a smoke free environment with all our dive boats being non smoking.

[singlepic id=314 w=320 h=240 float=right]You might find yourself asking how you can stay fit while on your diving trip to Koh Tao. Sairee Cottage recommends and in fact most staff of Sairee Cottage diving are members of Koh Tao Gym and Fitness a fully equipped air conditioned gym located not far away from the dive resort. Koh Tao gym and fitness have a range of membership options from 1 day passes up to annual memberships for those choosing to change their life by becoming a dive professional. For more information on Koh Tao Gym and Fitness check out the website http://www.gym-and-fitness.com/

Scuba diving itself is also a great workout for keeping in shape with celebrities like Jesscia Alba, Sandra Bullock and Katie Holmes swapping the gym for an exercise routine that includes scuba diving. One 45 minute dive can burn over 400 calories perfect for those looking to tone up.



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