So, you love the beach, and you’ve swam in the open ocean. You’ve probably tried surfing, and a bit of snorkeling on the side. You might have dreamed of scuba diving one day. To submerge yourself in a new world. To gain a new perspective of our planet Earth.
Well, you’re not alone. With scuba diving technology becoming more advanced and affordable, many people, who weren’t born for the sea, manage to try this cool new activity. In particular, Bali has no shortage of agencies offering ‘crash courses’ to get you ready for scuba diving with no prior experience.
Scuba diving is a great workout opportunity
In one diving session, you can potentially burn hundreds of calories trying to maneuver in the water. This is why divers tend to eat a lot after one session – they get famished! Scuba diving requires the movement of all four limbs. Divers must also try to regulate their heartbeat and breathing. This may sound hard, but it’s not. Scuba diving is easy to learn, although difficult to master. But don’t worry – advanced skills are more geared towards specific applications, such as rescue diving, nitrox breathing (for longer dive times), underwater photography, and more.
Scuba diving is one way to release stress
Getting under the water might be stressful the first time you do it – we’ve been there. However, once you get the hang of the basic maneuvers, breathing, and communication skills, you don’t have to think about them anymore. Instead, you can focus on your beautiful surroundings. Open your eyes to the colourful marine world. You’ll find fish of sizes and with patterns you never knew existed in nature. You’ll learn marine life behaviors in their truly natural habitat. The quiet environment and the sound of your breathing is therapeutic. You can enjoy this sense of peace while sensing no weight on your joints – a truly relaxing experience.
You can make new friends
Loneliness has become an epidemic in the modern era. Luckily, scuba diving is a social activity. You’ll dive with at least one person who will be looking out for you. You’ll also have a story to tell on land – you’ll look a lot more interesting to people. You’ll also discover the joy of bumping into a person who reveals that he/she is a scuba diver like you. For people trying to heal from clinical depression, the therapeutic sensation of controlling breath and silence, but without the isolation, truly helps to complete the recovery.
You’ll be inspired to travel more
With your newfound skill in scuba diving, you open up the ocean as an entirely new world to explore. When you travel across the world, you won’t forget to visit the coastal lines and look for potential diving spots. You’ll see differences in the marine ecosystem, and maybe collect underwater photographs of the unique fauna and flora. For example, in Thailand you might come across the Varicose Wart Slug, which may not be found in the Australian Great Barrier Reef. However, you may find the Dugong there.
It’s a cool hobby!
What other activity, apart from scuba diving, involves becoming weightless, breathing with specialised equipment and exploring a world that’s not on land? That’s right, spacewalking – but only trained professional astronauts can do that (for now). It’s great how scuba diving seems as cool as going to space. You get so many benefits from it. You can get fit, make new friends and learn new things on every dive. What’s more, if you become a master diver, a whole new job opportunity (rare and exciting) opens up for you.
Try scuba diving at Blue Season Bali. Our super short and concise course caters for all ages. For children below 10 years, we offer firsthand experience of breathing with scuba equipment in a swimming pool. Within hours, you can explore Tulamben, Padang Bai, or Sanur, three of the top-rated diving sites in Bali. If scuba diving is right for you, what has been a once in a lifetime experience, will become a lifetime hobby.