3 Reason to Scuba Dive
Have you ever pictured yourself scuba diving? I hadn’t until a couple of years ago. I have always been a passionate snorkeler but saw diving, with its heavy equipment and boring training, as too much effort. Eventually my reluctance gave way to curiosity and I decided to take the plunge. After reading this article, hopefully you’ll be spurred on to give it a go too and experience a whole new world.
1. It’s easier than you might think
Scuba diving is not an extreme sport, as many think. The only skills you need are being able to swim and… breathing! When you go for your first dive, you are followed by an instructor who explains everything you need to know. Once you get into the water, you cannot feel any of the weight of the equipment. You just need to remember to equalise your ears (pinch your nose closed and gently breathe out against your nostrils) and not to stop breathing. When you reach the right depth, you don’t have to worry about anything – you can just enjoy the underwater views.
2. You’ll meet creatures you’ve never dreamed of
Once underwater, you’ll get to meet a dazzling array of fish and marine mammals. Encountering the bigger fish is certainly my favourite part of scuba diving, but you will not believe your eyes when you will discover the amazing biodiversity present in our oceans. There is a new, fascinating universe down there that you’ve only ever seen in wildlife documentaries. There’s no substitute for exploring the seas first-hand.
3. You’ll be protecting marine wildlife
By exploring the seas, you can actually protect wildlife! By choosing to see dolphins, sea turtles, barracudas, and other sea creatures in their natural environment you are actively discouraging keeping wildlife in captivity. Seeing marine creatures such as dolphins at very close range, following them on their journeys and watching them eat and play while you gently swim, is a unique experience that cannot be replicated in a dolphinarium show.