Why you should try scuba diving

…because it’s the best thing in the world. Not convinced yet, then read on.

 

1) You will be able to breathe underwater

We are definitely not made to stay underwater, but the scuba gear allows you to do exactly that. Stay underwater for an extended period of time and breathing there. Isn’t that the coolest thing to be able to do?

I will never forget my first experience as an instructor when I saw the expression in the eyes of the 6 young backpackers who were breathing underwater for the first time. A mix between being surprised, happy, stunned and maybe a little bit scared. It actually works, you can breathe underwater.

 

2) The feeling of zero gravity

Where else do you get the feeling of zero gravity? I enjoy it on every single dive, over and over again. It might not feel like that right on your first dives. The keyword is neutral buoyancy. This means to float, relative lightness. It is also one of the hardest skills in scuba diving. You will never stop perfecting your buoyancy. However, even at the start when you are slowly learning to control your buoyancy and breathing you will start to feel weightless.

It is also one of the hardest skills in scuba diving. You will never stop perfecting your buoyancy. However, even at the start when you are slowly learning to control your buoyancy and breathing you will start to feel weightless.

zero gravity

 

3) Moving in 3 dimensions

On land we are used to moving in two dimensions, you cannot just go up or down from where you stand. Underwater, however, you can move up and down without much effort. When you start getting better with your buoyancy control you will be able to rise and fall in the water just by controlling your breathing – wow! Try doing that on land….

 

4) Meeting creatures you didn’t even know existed

Before a dive, the local guides will tell you what you might see in that specific area, but you will never know for sure before you’re there. There is such a huge variety in underwater creatures making it possible to encounter new ones on many of your dives.

Loads of these creatures you did not even know existed or you have only ever seen photos of them in a fish book.

weedy Rhinopias anilao

 

5) Being a visitor in a different world

As we do not actually belong under water, (if we did we would be much better swimmers or maybe would have gills – which would actually be neat), scuba diving allows you to be a visitor in a different world.

All the fish just do whatever they are up to and the diver is an observer. Sometimes it is possible to witness special interactions between some of the underwater creatures like schooling behavior, fights or even mating.

gymnodoris eating other nudibranch

 

6) No distractions

The underwater world is quiet and peaceful. You will hear your own bubbles, but that’s about it. Divers mainly communicate by using sign language. The silence, together with the feeling of zero gravity, makes it extremely easy to forget about everything happening above the surface.

I normally just don’t think about anything that happened before the dive or what might happen after. I’m just in that moment, completely relaxed. It is a bit like meditation for me.

 

7) Meeting other divers

Divers are very friendly people. Arriving in a new place for you will find new friends immediately. There is always a topic to talk about; like places where you dived before, where you would like to go diving, animals you would like to see and so on.

In my opinion, it is the easiest way to make friends I experienced so far. And most scuba divers are a lot of fun.

funny divers

 

8) You’re protecting the marine life

By spending your money on scuba diving you protect marine life. Many marine protected areas were put into place because more money can be made from tourism long-term than by fishing.

The more people that are interested in seeing the animals in their natural habitat the more effort will be put into protecting this environment.

 

9) It’s not that hard

The open water course takes 3 to 4 days. After some theory you will most probably already get into the water to do some skills on your first day and on the second you might even descend in the open ocean. After finishing the course you will have done 4 dives in the open sea, learned some theory about scuba diving and understood the basic skills.

As a certified diver you can now go diving in most places all over the world. Have fun!

scuba high five

 

However, make sure you keep on diving and you take more training. After the open water course there is still so much to learn and you especially want to keep on improving your buoyancy control. This ensures you will not kick corals or pop up to the surface.

If that is too much effort, you’ll have the possibility to do a “try dive” called discover scuba diving. During this, you will be able to visit the underwater world accompanied by an instructor after a short theory and skill session.

 

Did you ever try scuba diving? What did you like most about it?

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19 Comments

  1. Kaylene November 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been scuba diving, but I’d really love to try it someday! Looks like such an incredible experience, and you get to see things up close that you wouldn’t normally get to. Cool photos!

    • Goni November 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      You should. As a fellow traveler you will for sure have a chance to try somewhere during your adventures! Thanks 🙂

  2. Dora Christofi November 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I have tried it but an ear issue stopped me from trying again. I only do snorkeling 🙂 I am sure diving makes you fee amazing.

    • Goni November 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Oh, too bad. It is of central importance for scuba diving to have healthy ears. Snorkeling for sure is fun too and you can go freediving from there

  3. Eniko Krix November 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Scuba diving is something I want to do again. I only did it once in Bali. It was a bit scary, but I loved it! I saw so many beautiful creatures!

    • Goni November 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Bali is a wonderful place to start diving actually. It will become less scary quite quickly if you’ll give it another chance.

  4. Emma November 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I scuba-dived off The Great Barrier Reef and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Breathing underwater is the most amazing feeling and the wildlife is incredible – I’d highly recommend it too!

    • Goni November 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it? And you choose a pretty exciting place to take your first breaths underwater! Hope you will get many more chances to go scuba diving.

  5. Felicia November 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    ah I never have but I would love too! It looks so amazing!

  6. Madi | Restless Worker November 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    SO cool! I’d love to try scuba diving, I’ve only ever done snorkelling in SIlfra (Iceland). Definitely have to look into including this on my next trip 🙂

    • Goni November 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Give it a try! Let me know if you need any advise on where to best get to dive during your next trip! Silfra is high up on my bucket list, definitely want to dive between the continental shelves!

  7. Simona November 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Well, while reading your article I said – well, why didn’t tried it yet? How did I missed this?
    I think one of the problems is that the price is not always that friendly and I know people who have mixed feelings about diving, so I didn’t try it yet. I always post-pone it.
    Ok, next time, I won’t!

    • Goni November 24, 2016 at 1:47 am - Reply

      Awesome, how can people have mixed feelings about the best thing there is? I have only ever met one person who wasn’t too much into it after completing the open water course. Maybe they just don’t tell me.

      It is not the most economic activity, that is true. Still there are places where it is possible to take the course for under USD 300. It’s a 3 to 4 day course and will teach the basics about scuba diving. Or you just do a try dive to start with. In my most favorite place on Bali I just pay USD 7 per tank filling and that’s it.

  8. Cherene Saradar November 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I agree it really is an amazing feeling, almost like flying, when you are underwater. I also find it incredibly peaceful!

  9. Carly Wayward Heyward November 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I love diving!! One of my fave things to do is to let the air out of my BC, and just sit on the ground. The fish acclimate to you and you see a lot more!

  10. Amber Groce November 24, 2016 at 5:08 am - Reply

    I have not been scuba diving – I can barely go snorkeling because I’m claustrophobic with the mask! Do you get used to it eventually or is it just one of those things you accept because the exciting world under the water?

    • Goni November 24, 2016 at 5:16 am - Reply

      I am very lucky and never had any problems with the mask. From what I hear from students and fellow divers is that you do get used to the mask. Once you’re underwater and looking at loads of fish and other amazing things you will completely forget about the mask and therefore get used to the feeling. Maybe it would even be easier when scuba diving as there are so many other things to think about that you would rather forget about the mask then when snorkeling.

  11. Melody December 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    My first (…and only dive to date) was in the Denver Aquarium! My husband, an experienced diver, had to talk me into it and I did thank him afterwards! I was surprised by how EASY it was to breathe underwater. It gave me a completely different view of the world under the sea! 🙂

    • Goni December 21, 2016 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Hi Melody 🙂 Awesome story. I have never dived in an Aquarium, must be a different experience too. Love to hear that you liked breathing underwater. Maybe you will give it another try one day?

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