By Alex VarelaFor many people, a trip to the ocean is a chance to experience the joy of sailing.
For others, the ocean can be a dangerous place to be.
So what is the right way to prepare for the sea?
It is important to have the right mindset to navigate the sea safely and securely, said John Stapleton, a former marine captain and now a marine survival expert.
Stapleton has spent decades teaching survival skills to both military and recreational divers.
His advice to those seeking to become ocean stewards is simple: learn to read the sea and learn to navigate.
“I think it’s about being able to learn to swim, to walk, to climb stairs, to go down stairs, and to stay on your feet, and then, in the end, you have to learn how to do all of those things on the sea,” he said.
“That’s the key.”
If you are a recreational diver, Stapton suggests that you have an understanding of what to expect.
For recreational divers, he said, it is critical to understand the risks involved in a dive.
For those trying to become marine stewards, Stactons advice is to focus on learning how to stay safe.
“You’re not going to be the first person to go out in the ocean and get into a fight with something,” Stapley said.
“But you’re going to know how to deal with it.”
In the end of the day, the best way to ensure that you don’t get into trouble is to prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally, Stalton said.
And that is why the best advice he can give to anyone seeking to learn about the ocean involves having a clear understanding of its dangers and how to navigate safely.
“In the right mind set, it’s all about learning how not to get into something, how not not to be in danger,” he told The Associated Press.
“The ocean is dangerous and you’re not supposed to be out there.”
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