I have been scuba diving for five years now. Even if I don’t have the chance to go as often as I would like, I think it is possibly one of my favorite things to do. And if you don’t dive already, here are 10 reasons why you should start scuba diving.
1. The incredible feeling of breathing underwater
We are used to breathing out of the water, normally. But there is something unique about breathing underwater with an oxygen tank strapped to your back.
While a little concerning at first, you soon get used to it! And it’s awesome to be 60 feet underwater and be able to breathe normally!
Just remember that even if you decide to remove your mask, and say hi to the camera, you still need to breathe! (Thanks cousin for demonstrating that to us!)
2. You can see things that can’t be seen otherwise
Well, unless you’re at an aquarium obviously.
There are so many things to see underwater. Fish, coral, marine life, schools of fish, sharks, moray eels.
I love moray eels. They look so mean!
3. You meet incredible people
On a dive boat or in a dive shop, I always get the impression that everyone instantly become friends.
Whether you have 10 dives under your belt or 1000, everyone goes along. You share tips, you help each other, you share dive stories. Why does everyone goes along like that? I guess it’s for two reasons.
First of all, once you’re underwater, you depend on each other to be safe. So you need to trust your fellow divers from the beginning! And second of all, I think that every diver is really passionate about diving. And being with others that share the same passion makes for good conversations!
It’s really interesting to see the bond that happen between divers in a dive shop or in a dive boat.
4. It is safe
The concern I hear the most from non-divers is: Isn’t it dangerous?
Yes and no.
Yes because you’re not in the open air. You’re underwater. And if you don’t have any air to breathe, well…
But ultimately, when I dive, I feel safe because there are so many different safety layers.
- You undergo training during your certification which explains all the rules and guidelines to follow to keep safe.
- You have one tank, but two regulators to breathe from, should one fail.
- You do a pre-dive equipment check to make sure that everything works fine so that there are no surprises once you get to the bottom of the ocean.
- You plan your dives. While you can go solo with your buddy, I personally only dive with divemasters. They know the environment and they keep an eye out for our safety. Divemasters are awesome.
- You dive with a buddy. This is probably the most important safety layer. Your buddy is extremely important. If something goes wrong with your air, chances are that your buddy’s air is alright, and look at that: he has a second regulator that you can use!
5. It makes a great activity to do at almost any destination
You can go to southern Thailand and hang on the beach. Or you can go to southern Thailand, dive in the morning, and hang on the beach in the afternoon. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?
Pretty much everywhere you go, you can dive. You’ll sometimes be alright with a 3mm wetsuit, and sometimes you will need a dry suit (Scuba Diving in Iceland, yes please! I should probably put that on my bucket list). But most of the times, everywhere you go, there is some great diving to do.
6. You can hover over a turtle
Turtles are so great to see when you snorkel. But have you ever imagines hovering in the buddha position right above a giant turtle? I’ve done that! The feeling is awesome!
I was just there, floating above the turtle, watching it, and probably giggling in my regulator!
7. You can experience weightlessness
Admit it, you wish you could go in space to experience that feeling of weightlessness.
While being underwater is probably not exactly the same thing (I say probably here because I have yet to go to space…!), you do feel kind of weightless.
You float over reefs, under reefs.
You can “lay” horizontally on your stomach, or on your back.
You can stand upside down or make backflips.
If you have time, check out my post on Cenotes in Mexico. The water was so clear that I really felt like I was floating in the air. Awesome experience.
8. You learn about new things
By talking to other divers, reading in between dives, or being with an awesome divemaster like the one I had on Big Island in Hawaii, at Mauna Lani Sea Adventures, you learn new things on marine wildlife. He was a marine biologist, so he had a lot to tell us before and after the dives! He even wrote things on a little board while we were underwater.
You might be interested only in seeing this marine wildlife, but I also like learning about it!
Check out that time he put an octopus on my hand:
9. You get to relax for an hour
It is so peaceful down there. You concentrate at first on your breathing, and when it becomes natural, all you have to do is listen to your bubbles and look out for those big turtles, sharks, moray eels, lobsters, parrot fish…!
No one can talk, and if your buoyancy is good, you just glide effortless over the reefs and enjoy the scenery.
It’s really relaxing.
But don’t be fooled, after a day of diving, you’ll feel tired! While it is relaxing, it is demanding physically, even if you don’t realize it.
10. You can always learn more
After you get certified, you can always do more. Advanced Open Water is the next step. You can learn new techniques, get other skills like Nitrox Enriched Air diving, shipwreck diving. There are so many things you can do.
And if you’re up for it, why not do you Rescue Diver certification, and then advance to Divemaster?
Do you dive? What is your favorite thing? And if you don’t dive, what is stopping you? Let me know in the comments below!