Will the Gulf Cost Oil Spill Affect Your Diving Holiday This Year?
If you've packed up your scuba diving equipment, planned a dive in and around the Gulf of Mexico, and you're worried that you're going to have to cancel your trip - don't. Sure, the oil spill in this area has severely affected the marine life, caused beaches to close and reduced the number of tourists to the area, but so far it seems as though scuba diving, and the regular dive spots haven't been affected by the huge spill. So, to find out more read on... The Gulf of Mexico is a favourite destination for many divers, but many fear that the area is currently unsafe for diving, and have already cancelled their trips. By now, we've all heard about the oil spill in the Gulf, but so far little has been said on how this is affecting diving in the area. Well, the good news is... if you've got a diving holiday planning this summer in the Gulf, it's thought that there is no need to cancel, as it's business as usual at most diving clubs and sites in and around these coastal areas.. The oil spill has caused huge amounts of damage to the beaches and the coastal areas, not to mention the devastation to the marine life. And in a few of these places holiday makers and divers are being told that swimming in those oil laced waters is temporarily off limits. So, make sure your dive spot isn't one of the worst affected affected before you strap on your scuba diving equipment. When you head off to dive this year there are a few things that you need to remember before you put on your diving equipment and mares wetsuit. Don't dive in or around an area that has been heavily affected by the spill. This could not just ruin your scuba diving equipment, such as your dive regulators, but it can also have an ill effect on your health. It's mostly the odour and the fumes of the oil that has caused most problems, and there have been over 100 oil spill related illness so far. Spending too much time in an area that has been heavily affected by the spill can cause a number of side effects such as headaches, sore throats, nausea and irritation to the skin, so do be careful. Always make sure that you take great care of your kit. Ensure that you clean your dive regulators thoroughly after each dive, and it's always a good idea to wear a wetsuit you can trust, such as mares wetsuits. During your dive make sure that you do not spend too long in the water, and avoid oil bars whenever possible. Once you're out of the water, make sure that you wash yourself thoroughly with soap and warm water.