Why You Should Scuba Dive – Adventuring into the Unknown

There are many reasons as to why you should scuba dive, but the choice should be your own. It is a commitment in getting certified to the level that you want to be at.

Here you will ready my opinion on why you should scuba dive. You can take it to heart or with a grain of salt but the point is, it is your choice.

You do not even need to be in a place that you are able to scuba dive. You can find places throughout the world that has many opportunities to get you in the water.

So let us get into my opinion and see what you think, shall we?

Relaxing

Scuba diving can be one of the most relaxing things that you do on planet Earth. As long as you do it properly that is. When you are in the water nothing else seems to matter.

You have put all the worries of the land world behind you and submerged into another world.

When you are floating along under the water looking at the wonders that can not be found on land you truly get lost in the moment and find that you are enjoying yourself. After all this is a hobby that you are supposed to enjoy yourself!

Once you step into the water you begin a new journey. You never step into the same waters twice, even if it is the same location. A new journey is always waiting for you under the water. It can be dangerous but relaxing is what you are going for.

You never have to dive to a certain depth or race to the finish of anything. Just float along at your own pace and observe what you and your partner see. There are many creatures in the oceans that can be found in shallow waters so you can do as you wish almost.

I enjoy getting the surrounding fish into a frenzy by scooping up sand and scattering it through the water. This makes the fish think that there is food being released and swarm after it. This can be simply done by sitting on the ocean floor or better yet floating like a genie out of a bottle in the middle of the water.

This is also known as neutral buoyancy. You will bob up and down a little as you breathe but for the most part you float in the middle of the water.

Gets You Out of the House

Just as the heading says, scuba diving gets you out of the house, off the couch, from in front of the TV. It allows you to make new friends or just simply have a family adventure. Always remember to dive to the lowest qualified person’s skill set though.

Getting out of the house is healthy for you as well. Not only do you get to go on a bit of an adventure you get a little exercise as well. Do not let people tell you there is no exercising when you scuba dive.

You have to pack on a bunch of clunky gear and weight, walk to the water fight the waves coming in to get your fins on and then there is the kicking of your legs the whole time you are underwater. Then when everything is soaking wet it feels even heavier when you leave the water.

Even, if there are no places around you to dive you can book scuba vacations to just about anywhere in the world.

(See the search bar to the right for reasonably priced dive trips.)

This gets you away from home and the stress of work and family. Even if you are vacationing with your family it will still reduce the stress by allowing you to focus on your dives.

Diving truly is good for the mental state because it gives you a break from the real world problems that everyone deals with on a day to day basis.

Specialty Diver

A great reason to scuba dive is you get to customize your diving experiences. You can choose a few or all of the specialty certifications that are offered.

Feel like lobster diving for that romantic dinner with your significant other? Check out night diver specialty. This brings the ocean to life in a way that you will not see when the sun is up.

Not only are there other creatures to be seen during the night but something about it seems a lot more calming than normal. Maybe cause you can only see where your flashlight points you too or that tidal currents are at a lull. Whatever you decide it to be is up to you. Making your dreams come true is completely up to you.

Are you an adventure seeker beyond the normal diving tasks? Do you want to experience sunken treasure? Maybe you are cut out to be a wreck diver. This specialty brings you to another venue that you will not experience in your normal dive life.


There a number of specialties that you can get to customize your diving experience. It is all in what you want to do. For instance, I am a deep diver and nitrox diver. These are the two that I have been qualified to do during my diving lifetime. I hope to get more soon.

Job Oppurtunities

Being a scuba diver does not mean that you are just a weekend hobby diver that does nothing but go diving on the weekends. You can actually attain a status where you can make money from being a scuba diver.

This would be your master diver or your dive instructor. Many times these go hand in hand with working or owning a dive shop that can be a very lucrative experience if in the right location.

There are even people that will pay you to dive with them when times are hard and need someone to dive with and no one can go check out the want ads. You might be surprised as to what you find.

You might be able to solicit yourself to be a dive buddy. The possibilities are endless to make money with scuba diving.

Conclusion

Diving truly is an experience of a lifetime. Once you start you will be hooked and want to keep getting into the water as much as possible.

Remember to do it safely and you will have the best adventures under the water as humanly possible. With friends, family or even complete strangers who are not your friends (yet).

Scuba diving is like a family community. It leaves behind the world of stress and takes you to the unknown. So remember if you want to get out there and experience something new for yourself, get into scuba diving. It may just change your life!

If you have any comments or questions please leave them in the comment box below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


As always happy diving.

6 Replies to “Why You Should Scuba Dive – Adventuring into the Unknown”

  1. Hi Shawn

    All the reasons you raised for why you should take up diving are very true, as in any hobby you get out what you put in. If you want to be miserable then you will get nothing out of it. With practice and good training I suspect most people can become adequate divers.

    I personally have not dived but it is something I have looked in, especially when going on holiday to exotic islands. Your article makes me what to try. 

    How fit do you have to be in order to start scuba diving?

    Thanks

    Antonio

    1. Antonio,

      Thanks for the comment. As far as being fit to scuba dive it just depends. In most instances you have to do a qualifying swim test of 300 meters with mask and snorkel or 200 meters without and also do a 10 minute tread or float. So if you can do these you can dive. It’s best to have some cardio in your life as well so that you are able to maintain calm under the water and not hyperventilate. Thanks again for the comment!

  2. Hello Shawn,

    Thank you for this great post!  SCUBA diving is near and dear to my heart.  I’ve been a certified diver since January of 1999!

    You’re spot-on about SCUBA diving being a relaxing activity.  As soon as I hit the water, a weight is lifted (sadly that might be my weight, LOL), both physically but also mentally.  It’s amazing to simply float there and be able to change your buoyancy to drift down, float up or stay level.  It’s virtually effortless.  Add to that the beautiful underwater scenes and sounds and you can just get lost (mentally not physically) in it all.

    I chose to go with Advanced Diver and Nitrox certification to expand my diving experience and options but I stopped short of going for my Dive Master rating, as I didn’t want it to become a job.  I have several Dive Master friends who, once the dive operations know their cert level, get hounded to help them here, watch that group there and so on.  I dive for fun and relaxation, not work.

    I try to take at least one major vacation a year (sometimes two).  Those vacations usually involve chartering a sailboat (another passion of mine) and SCUBA diving.

    I’ve been a lot of places thanks to SCUBA diving.  Roatan, Mexico, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Monterey, Bonaire (one of my favorites) and so on.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this post.  I hope it inspires others to give SCUBA diving a try.

    Scott

    1. Scott,

      I am glad that you liked my post. I am very passionate about scuba diving as well. I need to get back into the water which would help me write more about what I love to do but it currently isn’t in the funds at this time. You should check out the travel list that I have to see if there are places you have never thought about diving before. Also, next time you book check out Dive the World, schedule your trip in the right hand column. It claims to have the best rates guaranteed. Thanks for the comment!  

  3. My sister loves scuba diving, I am not sure which level she is certifies for but she has been under the water and explored those sunk the royal fleet to bring all the diver enthusiasts to Thailand and she loved it. I am from Thailand there are many places that you can scuba diving in the southern part of the country. I tried snorkeling many times and I love it but scuba diving, somehow I got scared. It must have been all these movies about sharks. But that was a long time ago I may give it a try again, maybe this time I am not afraid of under the water anymore. Cool pictures by the way, where do you go for diving?

    1. Nuttanee,

      You really should try to dive. It is an amazing thing like none other that you feel so free when you’re under the water. If you have a bit of anxiety about diving check out my latest article that I wrote. Click Here. I would like to dive in Thailand but I have never had the opportunity to do so. I have mainly dove in the Caribbean and some of the Northwest United States. Thanks for the comment.

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