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Introduction to Recreational Deep Diving
For recreaational level sport divers deep diving is defined as any dive between 60 and 130 feet of depth. Many of the best locations for scuba diving are in this depth range, such as shipwrecks and more pristine reef, deep diving is a popular sport diving activity.
As the diver goes deeper the ease of making an emergency ascent is reduced. Additionally, due to the increasing pressure, inert gas is forced into the body's tissues quicker, reducing the allowable no-stop dive time. Another problem deep scuba divers face is nitrogen narcosis, "the rapture of the deep." As the nitrogen in the air the diver breathes becomes narcotic with depth, divers may experience intoxication greatly increasing their risk exposure.
For divers desiring to explore deep dive sites specialized training is highly recommended. PADI, NAUI and other mainstream recreational scuba certification agencies offer courses in deep diving. You can find detailed course descriptions in the NAUI and PADI sections of this website.
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