Dangerous underwater inhabitants

Brochures abound with picturesque scenery, attractive images of young girls in swimwear on the palm-fringed, deserted beaches. The reality however is often different. Vacation can be marred by sunburn and insect bites, although divers are primarily concerned about aquatics and ponds polluting substances. Often have to deal with coral cuts, burns stinging corals and ear infection divers.

Left. Starfish “crown of thorns”. In the center. A mess of seaweed verrucosa. Right. Yellowtail surgeon fish

If you don’t want to wear a wet suit, use a thin lycra or even a pair of old pants and a t-shirt. They sachetat your skin from cuts, abrasions, coral and stinging jellyfish when diving and from sunburn when Snorkelling. However, burning from microscopic plankton, which occurs in open water and can get even under “dry” suit, will protect only EN-histamina ointment which is applied on dry skin.

The sun

The tropical sun reflected from the sand beaches and water, so cover your body, use a sun protection cream with the maximum protection level and at every opportunity take refuge in the shadows. Maraliseca with a mask and snorkel should especially take care of the back and neck, and the skin on the back of the legs and under the knees. Nal water is important to protect the eyes — use sanctimoniously with quality lenses.


The beaches of the Caribbean known for a large number of stinging insects, many other places have hurt biting ants and mosquitoes. If necessary, use prophylactic anti-malarial drugs, carry an insect repellent, antihistamine ointment for the treatment of bites by insects in teeming areas sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquito vectors of malaria active with the onset of evening twilight — at this time, use protection especially thoroughly. Mosquitoes can infect humans with dengue fever. bite during the day. While there is no preventive or therapeutic agents against this disease, common in many popular among divers areas. Debilitating insect — a good argument in favor of a dive cruise boat.

Ear infection divers


Toothy fish

A big fish can bite through a vein or artery. Partner, most likely, will be able to stop the bleeding from several damaged vessels, putting directly on the wound and pressed her tightly to any available material. On the other hand, to do it in the will difficult, especially if you want to help the victim to reach the shore or a vessel. In cases where bleeding can be fatal, you can use the harness. Read more.

A poisonous sea creature

Many poisonous sea creatures exist at the bottom. hiding among coral, relaxing on the sand or burrowing in it. If you are forced to move along the bottom, which is wrong from an environmental point of view, go shuffling step, startling and banishing such creatures from his path. So you are less at risk of stepping on sharp venomous spines, many of which are capable of piercing the fins. Read more.


These creatures are able to generate a discharge voltage of from 200 to 2000 V. the Main problem for divers is that the victim of electrical shock may lose consciousness in the water.

The marbled electric ray is disguised as sand and stones. Voltage electrical discharge reaches 500

Five tips swimming in algal thickets

How to make swimming through a thicket of powerful algae leisurely walk in the Park? Worried about how to get out of the inextricable green networks, optimouse you? You should not panic!

Look for the gaps

Easiest way to get lost in the upper half-metre layer of water, where the maximum weight of algae. A little deeper, algal gardens, there are natural gaps between the stems.

Move slowly

The waving of the fins should be as small as possible. Undisturbed stems of algae are likely to be, not clinging, gliding along your body. Vigorous swimming catching the algae, and get lost in them becomes easier. Maintain a neutral buoyancy, at the right time you could easily become stuck in one place without moving the flippers.

Unfold thickets

If your path is blocked by a thin wall of leaves, stretch your arms forward and extend the stems, make a careful sweep of the fins and freeze. While you glide through the algae, try to keep them away from your body.

If you mess up, don’t panic!

Relax. Algae do not have any intentions to kill you, so don’t be nervous. Don’t move. Sudden twitches and rotational motion will only worsen your situation. Stop and realize what you caught. Typically, this attachment of fins or the cylinder valve.

Get out slowly. As far as possible, without unnecessary movements to take place, where there was a lead. If caught Lasta, pull the knee toward your chest — so you can reach the stem. Be especially careful not to catch the other free leg while trying to release first.

Turn the stem. First try to unhook the algae, but if not, grab the stalk with both hands and turn it like a pencil. Algae is almost impossible to break by stretching in different directions, it can be difficult to cut with a knife, but, as a rule, much easier to break by bending, as a beam of dill.

Zoom partner. If you can’t get to the gear, ask your partner to help you. Otherwise be prepared to rent scuba gear (tank, regulator and compensator Assembly), of course without removing the second stage regulator from his mouth.

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