Why should I learn to scuba dive you ask. This is a question we get asked a lot by many people here at Ocean Tribe and we’ve come up with a list of reasons why you should learn to scuba dive and gain a lifelong hobby or just maybe something to tick off on your bucket list.
1. See things that 90% of people will never see
This is a big one. When you learn to scuba dive and become a diver then you join an elite club. Only 10% of people on this planet will ever experience the wonders that you do. 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, so it stands to reason that a large proportion of the life on earth can also be found underwater. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the oceans. It’s time for you to embrace adventure.
2. Give yourself increased travel options
Wherever there is water you can scuba dive. So no matter where you are on Earth, there are always scuba diving options available for you. Tropical paradises, sunken shipwrecks, lost civilisations, and the accompanying marine life make for interesting travel options. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad when you have to go somewhere if there is a diving possibility.
3. Experience weightlessness like being an astronaut
Scuba diving is actually used by NASA to train astronauts for being weightless in space. That is totally true. So every time you go scuba diving, you can experience that weightless feeling of being able to go up and down as you please with neutral buoyancy. Cool eh?
4. See a range of wildlife unparalleled on land
You can see more life in a couple of minutes on a coral reef than you would in a couple of hours in a forest or game park. There are thousands of different species of fish, coral, reptile, plants and more for you to discover and admire. And there are species still being discovered. Every underwater eco system has something to see so its time to don your equipment and get underwater to see them. It is a nature lover’s paradise.
5. Meet giants
We are all familiar with some of the biggest land animals such as rhinos and the mighty elephant. But compared so some of the creatures that live in the ocean these are very small. Huge fish and mammals that you can possibly encounter include Manta Rays, the biggest fish in the ocean the Whale Shark, and of course the ultimate giants the whales. Swimming with some of these and observing them underwater is an awesome experience.
6. Explore history
There is much history under the ocean, with the most obvious being the thousands of shipwrecks around the world to dive and discover. Every wreck on the ocean floor has a history that can be researched and adds to the excitement of a dive. In some parts of the world you can even find submerged villages and cities of lost civilisations claimed by the water. What an amazing experience being able to dive them and uncover history.
7. One-up your friends on social media
In this selfie driven world where we are always looking to see what our friends have been upto on Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and other social networks, wouldn’t it be cool for you to be able to post photos and videos of yourself diving. Your friends will see what an adventurer you are and it will definitely be a one up on those who post photos of their food and gym efforts.
8. Experience a new level of calmness and zen
Under the water no one can talk to you. The phone doesn’t ring and you aren’t sitting on social media the whole time. It is a great environment to go to and chill. Watching and interacting with marine life adds to the zen experience. As you get more experienced you will also breathe more slowly to conserve air, which aids you in calming yourself. Properly chilled.
9. Learn a whole new subject
Part of the learn to dive experience is not just learning about how to operate scuba equipment, but the history of diving, and of course about the underwater world. By appreciating the underwater world we are more inclined to protect the marine environments and species. You will actually learn where things come from and why these environments are important to the earth, even for people who never see under the water. Its a really cool subject to learn.
10. Increased photo and video opportunities
If you like taking photos on land then you will be spoiled for choice underwater. The array of life and colours is mind blowing as well as the different styles of photography available such as macro to capture the really small stuff and then being able to do scale photos of divers with giants. There are specialty courses available to introduce you to underwater photography and this is an area where you can always find more and capture more.
The list goes on and on with reasons you should learn to scuba dive such as an activity the whole family can take part in together. In fact it is much easier to think of reasons to dive rather than reasons not to. The Try Scuba Diving experience can introduce you the world of scuba diving and the Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver courses help you to earn your first diving certifications. After that there are so many different options for you in diving and ways in which you can pursue your interests underwater that you might have found a hobby for life or even a potential vocation. Learn to scuba dive today!