Why You Should Try Scuba Diving
I have been an avid scuba diver since the age of 14-years-old. I have my own gear, go about once a fortnight when I’m back in Perth, and have a few absolute favourite spots that I know inside and out. So, I guess it’s safe to say I’m a bit of an addict – it never gets old for me. Without committing on that scale though, here are some reasons to try scuba at least once for yourself!
It’s the ultimate head space.
You enter a world completely removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; no sounds of traffic, no phone signal, only controlled breathing, and a myriad of natural wonders. It really is the ultimate meditative exercise – and not scary at all! You surface after a dive feeling completely refreshed after being utterly disconnected from everything and everyone else.
There’s a total immersion in nature.
Scuba diving almost requires that you take a step back and appreciate nature. You can’t bring a phone, or be distracted; not only are you surrounded by the ocean, swimming under coral and between fish, but you also simply have nothing else to focus on but the beauty surrounding you and your own movements through the water. If you dive in crystal clear waters, it’s even more spectacular, with views of reef and open blue seemingly never ending.
I have had so many one-of-a-kind experiences while diving. I’ve looked under a rock and come face-to-face with a huge, grouchy looking old Wobbegong shark (nothing like scuba diving to teach you that sharks aren’t that scary). I’ve had baby seals tug on my fins and blow bubbles in my face. I’ve swum alongside manta rays and been shocked into uncontrollable laughter when the sand beneath me wriggled and became a flounder. No two dives are ever alike.
The endless, weightless, swimming.
This part is sheer fun! Assuming you balance your weights properly, you are completely weightless underwater. Somersaults, floating upside down, staring at the sun shining through the surface of the water for as long as you want… there’s no other feeling like it.
The most fun workout ever.
Partly due to the weightlessness factor, scuba diving is one of the most whole-body workouts you can do! Constant swimming through water (especially if there is a current) engages your legs, back and arms just like a normal workout would. Additionally, most dives are usually an hour plus – I sometimes do two or three. It’s the best kind of workout though, the kind you don’t even realise you’re doing. The swimming is just incidental to exploring the underwater wonderland you’re in, and is so low impact that I never notice how much energy I’ve used until I surface absolutely starving!
This one might just be me, but nothing inspires my creativity and passion like time exploring underwater. It also impresses on you the importance of saving the beautiful oceans, and how fragile they can be if we don’t care for them. Seeing the endless forests of bleached coral up in previously colourful Coral Bay made me more determined than ever to fight climate change. Something fun can so easily become meaningful, too – so make sure you scuba responsibly and leave no trace!
Have you ever been scuba diving? If so, where? Let us know in the comments below!