Preparing to Dive

I am so excited to be going on one of my dream vacations diving in Hawaii this year. Since this is the first time I have gone anywhere to scuba dive, me and the entire group are excited and we have been making a long list of things to add to the itinerary. We have all been assigned different tasks for ensuring that the entire trip goes smoothly, and that means getting the right equipment together so we will have as few hassles during the trip as possible.

 

We can hardly wait for such an exciting adventure to start, but we have to be patient and first get all of the right scuba masks and decide who has to get what? There are also some core fundamentals to etiquette when it comes to scuba diving that we also must get caught up on and I am determined not to skip any steps along the way.

 

I got introduced into scuba diving by signing up for open water courses, and initially I was a bit afraid of being deep out in the water, but now I am used to it and it is one of my favorites hobbies to do these days. When I first began, I had no idea what I should be expecting, and my instructors were very good at painting a picture of what I should expect and what I had to master to have enough confidence to do it on my own in the depths of a river, lake, or sea. These courses are just baby steps along the way and in time, you will learn how to use all of the gear as well as familiarize yourself with safe-dive techniques.

 

How to Breathe Through Scuba Regulators

Two person under water wearing gadgets

I will be one of the first to admit that breathing through a scuba regulator was probably the strangest thing to all of this, since you are essentially drawing breaths as your face lies beneath water. Since this is not normal human behaviour, it is almost normal to be hesitant about doing this in the beginning. I got acclimated by placing on my dive mask and then practicing until I got comfortable with breathing only with my mouth. The most crucial element is exhaling after every breath as it prevents hyperventilating and the feeling that you are in desperate need of air. Some people acclimate quicker than others, but over time you will enough confidence with the scuba equipment.

 

Vision Underwater

Underwater picture with different fishes

The majority of scuba masks tend to cut part of your peripheral vision off and this can make some divers – myself included – feel claustrophobic. There are some ways to acclimate yourself to this field of view that is compromised. These blind spots take time to get used to and over time you will soon learn how to turn the head in certain ways to see as much as possible. You will also soon learn how light acts differently when you are in the water. Objects will seem closer than they are and you will have to learn the basics to magnification while scuba diving. You will learn more by touching objects underwater, but never touch aquatic life, fish, or corals.

The Love of Music

I am of the opinion that music is one of the few things that everyone can agree touches us all in some way or another. We all can relate to music, and there are more than enough genres out there to keep us all interested. For me, I absolutely love music and I relate to it better than just about anything else. Without music in my life, I really don’t know what I would do.

Music treble picture

There have been several studies that seek to find out why we love music and the surprising thing is that there is no one answer as it encompasses so many areas and affects us all slightly differently. Every single person I know has a specific song that touches them, whether they hear it on the radio, at a concert, when singing while showering, etc. There are certain songs that fill us up with emotion, from happiness to sadness and everything in between.

 

Music is unique in that was a way of impacting that we cannot express with words, and for years, scientists have been trying to figure out the power of music over us all. They are beginning to get some answers with the assistant of fMRI technology that has given insight into how music binds us together end evokes such strong feelings. By affecting the deepest areas of the brain, music goes to the center and somehow transforms into emotive energy.

 

The Power of Music

Picture of a music and brain

Exactly how powerful is music? Well, in one particular study, participants were hooked to a fMRI machine and then were played one of their favorite pieces of music and then closely monitored. What happened was dopamine began to release in the area called the nucleus accumbens, which is located deep in the core of the human brain. The findings also demonstrated that songs we may be unfamiliar with end up forcing us to predict where the song is going, and also to add the structure before it happens so that we actually anticipate the next bars of a song and enjoy it even more.

 

Some have compared it to being on a roller coaster and the combination of emotional release that is intense and anticipation has a dramatic effect on mood. There are even reasons why certain genres of music – like pop, for example – are able to work their way into our synapses for so long. They have a way of sleeping their way in with their melodic rhythms and structures that are easy to read and store in the brain over time.

 

This is also why we seem to get bored of pop music quicker, as it is very predictable and easy for our brains to break down and read. But the findings from the study also explain how some people can hear the same song repeatedly and still love it. The emotional feelings they get from the song work in such a way that they are taken again to the stimulating parts each time.