For many people who have the desire to push boundaries and see new things, our age is a depressing one. The entire world has been mapped out three ways from Sunday. Satellite navigation can find you anywhere in the world. If you have an explorer's heart you might think the only option open to you is the pipe dream of space travel. But that's not true at all. The entire surface of the earth has been mapped out, but beneath the waves there are vast unexplored stretches full of undiscovered sea life, fathomless trenches, and possible glory. To get in on it you'll need to take up a new hobby: diving.

There are many ways to dive, but the one you'll want to start with as a newbie is snorkeling. From a position only a few inches below the water you can look down and see thousands of varieties of fish and coral going about their business underneath you. This type of diving is ideal in shallow areas like beaches and reefs and can be taken up relatively cheaply - all you need is a mask and snorkel and possibly some fins. You can take a brief lesson during your resort vacation and away you go.

Of course, the type of diving that everyone wants to try is SCUBA. SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus and with your tanks, regulator, and weight belt added to your snorkeling gear, you can stay underwater for much longer and go much deeper than you could as a snorkeler. SCUBA diving is an ideal way to get an up close and personal look at shipwrecks, reefs, and sea life. You'll need lessons to get started of course, because SCUBA diving can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Much like you would never dream of buying a Albany home without an inspection from Housemaster Albany inspectors, you would never dive into the water without first getting properly trained and certified.

If swimming isn't your strong suit, you can still explore the sea as a diver. How? In a submersible. Subs aren't the exclusive purview of the military anymore. While their huge missile subs prowl the seas there are plenty of tiny research subs out there carrying inquisitive scientists and even deep sea tourists to the bottom to check out sea life, trenches, and the dark depths. Subs can go much deeper than any SCUBA diver and are often used in research and treasure hunting. If you would like to research more into submersibles, the NOAA is a great place to start.

If you plan on taking up diving, your first step should be to browse our store of articles on diving, diving safety, dive gear, proper diving procedures, where to take lessons, and how to get started in the various types of diving. As a diver, many new worlds will be open to you. You can swim with sharks, explore underwater caverns, discover shipwrecks, take stunning underwater photos, or even find treasure that could end up in a museum. You can learn all about these possibilities in our articles as well and get tips on how to overcome hurdles like money, opportunity, and an inability to swim.

Is your curiosity piqued? If so, click here to see spectacular pictures of underwater shipwrecks.

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