The indescribable beauty of the underwater world and the sea of emotions. Diving is an opportunity to see another life hidden from us, it is the unity of man with the seas, oceans, it is an opportunity to get acquainted with the amazing world of underwater flora and fauna, to feel its beauty and uniqueness. Diving on Djerba will help you plunge into this completely unknown world.
In Tunisia, on the island of Djerba, my third dive in my life took place. I first got acquainted with diving in Egypt in 2014 in the most beautiful underwater world of the Red Sea. Therefore, there is already something to compare it with. The underwater world of the red Sea is very bright, beautiful and rich. I still remember how my eyes didn’t know what to focus on to see all the delights of the underwater world. It’s hard to describe in words, you need to see and feel it. Djerba Island in the Mediterranean Sea also has its own beauties, although diving in Tunisia is not included in the big ten of the world’s must-dive destinations. But for beginners and not too demanding divers, there are quite enough underwater attractions.
The flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea on Djerba is quite diverse, especially in the open sea off the eastern and northeastern coasts. According to estimates — 86 species of cold-blooded. In the underwater world of Djerba Island, you can meet various fish: perch, lasker, sarpa, sultanka, cuttlefish, octopuses, crabs, stingrays, colorful gorgonarias, and even, there is an opportunity to meet a hammerhead fish and a cat shark. And experienced certified divers will be more lucky, because they will be able to plunge into the world of sunken ships that are under water at a depth of 20-30 m about 8-14 km from the coast. For example, an Italian ship that has been living there since 1942. 14 km away, at a depth of 19 to 27 meters, there is another ship with a length of more than 100 m.
My diving on Djerba took place in a place called — The ROCK OF RAS TURGUENESS. I was diving to a depth of 6-10 m 4 km from the coast. I was under water for 30 minutes. There are a lot of rocks formed in this place, I was very surprised by the arch in the form of a small underwater tunnel, well, how could nature have created such a thing… There was not a large variety of fish, and they are not as bright, colorful as in the red sea. The fish swim singly or in packs, once they were lucky to see a stingray, he was so cute lying on the bottom and hiding. There were sea sponges – this is such a marine animal, it does not swim, but attaches itself to something and so lives its life.
The price of my dive: 50 euros. The price included: instruction, instructor, equipment, diving. Depth: 6-10 m. Time under water: 30 minutes.
Anyone can dive to a depth of no more than 10 m without a certificate. There are practically no age restrictions in diving — there is a program for everyone: both for kids and for people of age.
Certified divers can dive deeper: 20-40 m, or even more. By the way, you can get a certificate right on the island of Djerba in the dive center, having passed the exam, where you will already have to dive to a depth of 20 m or more during training.
Diving. Preparing for the dive
Before diving, there is an instruction where you will be taught how to behave underwater:
- It is important to breathe properly underwater. You need to breathe through your mouth and slowly.
- You will be shown signs by which communication with the instructor takes place under water.
- Diving under water and being there – there is a change in pressure, so you need to periodically skip the ears. You will be shown how to do it correctly.
Next, you put on special diving equipment, after which you are taken by boat to the open sea, on the surface of the water you learn to breathe properly and diving is already taking place. There is always an instructor who controls everything.
Before diving, you should be sure that you have no health problems. There are a number of contraindications to diving, which you should be told about at the dive center. I will give a list of some of them:
- ENT diseases. Problems with the ear, throat, nose.
- Eye diseases.
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system.
- Asthma and other respiratory diseases.
- Lung barotrauma.
- Kidney diseases.
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system that make it difficult for a diver to move underwater. Various hernias in acute condition, chronic problems that will manifest themselves more strongly at depth than on land.
- Viral diseases or colds. After the illness, you can dive no earlier than 2 weeks.
Diving. Safety rules
Do not forget about the safety rules, regardless of where the dive will take place:
- It is important to have a psychological attitude before diving. Don’t panic.
- Use serviceable equipment.
- If you are new to this business – dive only accompanied by an instructor.
- If you feel that the situation is getting out of control, it is better to abandon the dive.
- Do not hesitate to abandon the idea during the dive or ask for help from the instructor.
- It is necessary to go under water and rise to the surface slowly. This will allow you to get rid of negative states after diving. Too rapid a change in pressure leads to an accumulation of excess nitrogen in the body, which causes decompression sickness.
- Breathe through your mouth slowly and calmly.
- Relaxation and rest. Diving helps to get rid of accumulated stress. This is a rest for both the body and the psyche, because new horizons are opening up under water outside of everyday life.
- Diversity in your life.
- New visual impressions.
Diving gives you the opportunity to visit a completely different world and gives you an unforgettable experience!
Author Olga Avrakh
Photo Olga Avrakh, Internet (Yandex)