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Scuba: Beautiful, yet dangerous

Although all of us know the obvious dangers of scuba diving there are many other dangers that are only known to those who do it. Although all of us know the obvious dangers of scuba diving there are many other dangers that are only known to those who do it.
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Although we all know the obvious dangers of scuba diving, there are many other dangers that are only known to those who do it. We spoke with an experienced diver to find out more about the danger of the dive.

Billy Hunter owns Scuba Steve’s in Tyler and has been diving since 2004. He liked it so much he became an instructor and bought Scuba Steve’s from, well, Scuba Steve. Billy has seen countless sharks.

“All of my encounters have been very friendly. They’re usually going in the opposite direction. I’ve had good experiences with them at this point,” Hunter recalled.

Billy knows not to make any sudden moves.

“You’re in their territory; you’re in their environment, if you will. Even us standing here in this room; we’ve all got our personal space, and they have their personal space they don’t want invaded,” Hunter said.

Each diver also has their own responsibilities.

“We’re having to monitor our depth all the time, we’re having to monitor our air supply, we’re having to monitor our on-gassing of nitrogen which we don’t think about up here above the water. It’s just a lot of multi-tasking that is very doable for most people who want to do this. It’s a very user-friendly sport to get involved in,” he said.

User-friendly, but complicated; it occurred to me it’s like being a pilot.

“It is. As a matter of fact, I’ve got a jet pilot that’s in class right now and a lot of the stuff that we’re teaching he relates back to his training to become a pilot,” Hunter agreed.

Billy says there’s no substitute for a good foundation.

“With good instruction it’s a very, very safe sport,” Hunter added.

Billy says he’s returned from around 3,000 dives without incident.

Billy says there are a few things to look for when booking a scuba tour, like checking a company’s longevity and track record, and making sure dive masters are in the water in the lead and taking up the rear to keep an eye on everyone.

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