Underwater diving has been around for centuries. In ancient times people would dive on shipwrecks to try and salvage the goods it contained. Thanks to modern invention we can now dive underwater for long periods of time for both job related and recreational purposes. Scuba diving is one of the most exhilarating and at the same time, the most peaceful sports in the world. While scuba diving you can be engulfed in a world of silence with only your breathing and the local fish population to keep you company. Then suddenly you encounter a shark or other big fish which will set your heart racing. There are many reasons why scuba diving has become a popular sport around the world.
- Socialize with actual people – Even if it is just your dive buddy, you will be socializing with a live person. It’s even more usual for a group dive, which will put you in contact with even more people who share your love of diving.
- See wildlife in their natural habitat – who wants to watch a whale swim round and round in a tank? Seeing whales, turtles, dolphins, all in their natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating experiences available. If you’ve ever wondered, “What do dolphins eat?” or “How do turtles swim?” you may get to see for yourself. If you are really adventurous try swimming with sharks (with professionals along, or course). Viewing marine life in its natural setting is much more eco-friendly than visiting a marine “park”.
- Diving helps to keep you in shape – Swimming underwater will help build up lean muscles as well as keeping the body’s cardiovascular system in good working order.
- Take a vacation – Who doesn’t love to go on vacation? It brings the stress levels down and the endorphins up. Divers usually like to try new locations as often as possible and what could be better than warm waters and sunny beaches which are diver friendly? A person doesn’t need a boat to scuba dive – if you’re near the ocean you can simply put on your gear and wade right into the water.
- Calm, relaxed breathing – When in scuba gear one of the first things taught to new divers is how to breathe properly. In fact in the world of scuba diving it is the most important thing. So in learning how to breathe properly for scuba diving you are also learning meditative breathing. Meditative breathing is shown to help relieve stress and calm the mind.
If you are a lover of the ocean than scuba diving is for you. Finding a good scuba instructor who is a certified professional is the only way to start a diving education. Diving with friends is fine, but learning from a professional instructor will give you a better education in this challenging sport. Scuba diving is fun, but it is not to be taken lightly. Remember that safety first is the key to both an enjoyable experience and staying alive in the briny depths.