There are many benefits of scuba diving. Most people would agree that they dive for the pure enjoyment of experiencing the underwater world, so different from ours and truly amazing.
Scuba diving has it all, it’s an fantastic experience that can improve your emotional and physical health while learning new skills, making friends and expanding your environmental awareness.
Just starting out? Take a look at the following list of benefits for a little encouragement.
Health benefits of scuba diving
You don’t have to be incredibly fit to scuba dive. It’s a sport that’s easily accessible to the average person. You do however need to be in a state of good health and free of any serious medical problems. Before diving you will be asked to answer a medical questionnaire. If your instructor has any concerns you will be referred to a doctor for a check-up. If you dive on a regular basis your general fitness will improve. Exercising in water is an excellent way to strengthen your muscles. You spend hours in the water carrying heavy equipment while swimming against the natural resistance of the water. This may sound very tiring but it feels effortless because you are too busy enjoying yourself but in reality you are getting a fantastic workout.
Increased emotional well-being
Gliding underwater while watching the fish go by is incredibly relaxing. Many people find diving to be a great way to get back to nature and de-stress. With practice you will learn calming breathing techniques. These will not only make the dive more enjoyable, but you’ll also use up less air and be able to stay underwater for longer. Once you master your buoyancy it will make your diving experiences even better. It will become even more relaxing and you will feel one with the water.
Social benefits of scuba diving
One great thing about diving is meeting fellow divers. By joining a scuba diving class or club you’ll immediately come in contact with a lot of people with the same hobbies who may become life-long friends. While on a dive trip its common to make friends with fellow divers on the dive boat making your vacation even more exciting.
Diving makes you appreciate the ocean even more and will bring you in contact with people that can educate you about fragile underwater habitats and the importance of preserving them. Join ocean advocacy groups like Project AWARE and volunteer to help protect marine environments.