Shire of Denmark’s Councillor Peter Caron gives some handy tips on what you need to know before you go for your first dive and why Denmark is an idyllic place to go diving.
Shire of Denmark Councillor Peter Caron gives some handy tips on what you need to know before you go for your first dive and why Denmark is an idyllic place to go diving.
Peter started diving about 20 years ago during a backpacking trip through Asia and it totally changed his life. As a result, he then went on to study marine science.
“Having diving skills doesn't help me in any way as a Councillor, but it's a fantastic set of skills to have when you live in the Shire of Denmark” says Peter. “It's great to get in the water down here.”
If you want to get into diving you don't need to buy any equipment, you can go to your local dive centre, rent equipment, and have an instruction lesson with a qualified professional. Once you've got the bug, then you can go and buy your tank your BCD and all the rest of the gear.
Peter says safety is always number one, “you should always dive with a buddy for safety and before you go in the water you do a safety check. Your safety check will look at your BCD, your releases, your air, your weight belt, and a final check, mask and fins. Always check the conditions before you get in the water. At Greens Pool in Denmark, there's certainly no problems.”
If you're diving in a new area, Peter advises that the best thing to do is to contact local diving professionals and ask them about the conditions that are specific to your destination. “If you're interested in diving in the Great Southern, come down and visit the dive centre in Albany or check out some of the local dive sites here in Denmark.”