I used to be pretty terrified of the ocean. Growing up I loved going to the beach but typically enjoyed spending my time admiring it and not swimming in it. This fear was further solidified after a really terrible snorkeling experience in Cozumel. I never gave much thought to overcoming my fear of the ocean until I met my now husband Brian. He always had so many reasons to scuba dive that sparked my interest. Cut to now I’ve become an avid scuba diver who has been diving all over the world. Keep reading to find out my reasons to scuba dive.
Scuba diving is definitely intimidating. Are we all supposed to sign onto this idea that we can breathe with a tank 90 ft under water? With Sharks? The short answer is yes. (Sharks are the best, btw) Whatever preconceived notion you have about scuba diving, throw it out the
window boat. Here are my reasons to scuba dive.
Reasons to scuba dive 1: be Indiana jones of the ocean
Did you know that our world’s ocean covers 70% of the Earth? Did you also know that we have only explored and mapped about 20% of that? When I really let that sink in, that is a crazy fact! I feel like there is so much focus on space exploration. The majority of us will never get to experience space travel. But that doesn’t mean you too cannot explore the unknown!
Anytime someone asks me what Scuba Diving is like, I always describe it as being in outer space. We so take for granted that there is this other world so close to us. Yet we know so little about. And we have the ability to check it out for ourselves. Every time I’ve ever gone scuba diving it has always been unique and magical. I never lose that sense of awe that I am breathing underwater and mingling with the ocean’s million different species. Diving gives you a chance to explore the unknown and I highly suggest you do.
A great resource to start reading about diving is Padi.
Reasons to scuba dive 2: New passport stamps anyone?
Do you like sunshine, palm trees and endless beaches? Me too. Another huge reason to scuba dive is that it takes you to new beautiful destinations you would maybe overlook otherwise. (Like did you know you can scuba dive in Iceland?!) When I am looking for a vacation destination, if I was only looking for relaxing beaches, that isn’t hard to find. But finding amazing places with great diving can be a challenge. Sadly due to the state of our oceans, diving in places is not what it once was. That being said, there is still incredible diving, you just have to travel to find it.
Something else that is amazing is depending on where in the world you are changes what kind of things you will see. From different kinds of coral to species of fish, there is never a reason to stop checking out new places to dive.
Reasons to scuba dive 3: Number Three you’re cool.
Another reason I scuba dive is people who dive are usually pretty cool. I do find that it attracts a certain kind of personality. Scuba diving requires a certain trait of keeping your cool under pressure. (Literally and figuratively) You tend to end up meeting some really amazing and interesting people who all share diving in common. I love being across the world and finding new people you can connect with and share some fun memories with. Anytime I meet someone who dives, I know we will get along swimmingly. (Sea what I did there? Okay I’ll stop. Am I still cool?)
Reasons to scuba dive 4: Save our oceans
A huge reason to scuba dive is for ocean conservation. Remember how I talked about my fear of the ocean? That fear was replaced with massive love for the ocean and the creatures who live in it. When you love something, you want to protect for yourself and others to enjoy as long as possible. By scuba diving you are immersing yourself in an environment that is extremely vulnerable and needs protection. When you see broken and dying coral, plastic, trash underwater with fish and dwindling numbers of animals like Sharks, it reminds you how fragile life in the ocean can be. When you visit destinations to dive, you help support their local economies which tend to pour into protecting and cleaning up their local beaches and oceans. Diving is contagious, your excitement and stories you share with others will inspire them to try it out too. The more people that care about our oceans the longer they will be healthy for us all to enjoy.
Reasons to scuba dive 5: Being at Peace
A few years ago I read an incredible book called Deep by James Nestor. (Highly recommend) This quote from Deep is a great description of the feeling of peace you have while being under the water.
“In a world of seven billion people, where every inch of land has been mapped, much of it developed, and too much of it destroyed, the sea remains the final unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness, the planet’s last great frontier. There are no mobile phones down there, no e-mails, no tweeting, no twerking, no car keys to lose, no terrorist threats, no birthdays to forget, no penalties for late credit card payments, and no dog shit to step in before a job interview. All the stress, noise, and distractions of life are left at the surface. The ocean is the last truly quiet place on Earth.”
When you are scuba diving, aside from air bubbles and the sound of fish eating on coral, it’s silent. You focus on your body, your breathing, your surroundings. Everything is heightened in this way it isn’t normally. Your body is buoyant, so you are floating in “space”. Weightless. No matter what else you do in life, there is nothing that can compare to that feeling you have while scuba diving.
I hope by reading this if you have been on the fence about scuba diving, it gives you the nudge you need to get certified. A great place to start is checking out local dive shops near you and try an introductory course. You can even start in a pool! Definitely give it a shot, and let’s go diving together 🙂
What else would you like to know about diving? Have you done it before? Let me know down below if you would like me to do a post on where to go diving or how to get certified. Also, let me know if you’re a fellow diver!
P.S. If you missed last weeks post on my best mobile travel apps, check that out here.