Learning to scuba dive is an incredible journey that shifts your perspective in numerous ways. It starts the moment you take that unforgettable first breath underwater and descend into the ocean. Here is how learning to scuba dive will change your life.
When you become a scuba diver, you get to explore an exciting new world below the surface. A world filled with fascinating ecosystems, colorful marine life and landscapes you did not even know existed. Witnessing all of that life truly changes the way you view the world and your place in it.
Travelling to exciting destinations is one of the best things about being a scuba diver. You can dive almost anywhere; be that in tropical warm waters or cold Arctic waters teeming with life. Whatever your dive or marine life passion, there is a destination for you.
All of that travel introduces you to new cultures, different environments and iconic wildlife experiences that enrich your life. Travel is well-known for broadening the mind and learning to scuba dive is the best way to do it.
We all remember our first dive trip or dive course, when we nervously met our new dive buddies and a whole new adventure unfolded. It was the start of something special and builds lifelong friendships.
When you learn to dive, you get to connect with people from all walks of life, work together to achieve new goals and have fun in the ocean. Surrounded by like-minded people, you are bound to have a great time as you bond over epic dive highlights and celebrate your successes.
Before you know it, you have a list of dive friends who cannot wait to take the next dive course with you, so you can explore further together.
Nothing compares to drifting along in the deep blue and coming eye-to-eye with ocean giants and other wildlife you will not find anywhere else on Earth. As a scuba diver, you can swim with sea turtles, meet giant manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins, cheeky sea lions, sharks and more. It is your ticket to encounter some of the world’s most impressive wildlife and create memories that last a lifetime.
SSI’s unique dive site database MyDiveGuide makes it easy for you to plan your next wildlife encounter. Simply browse the wildlife maps, choose the marine life you want to meet and pick your destination.
Scuba diving is a great sport for improving your fitness. As you explore underwater, you will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, especially in your core and legs, and build up your endurance.
There will likely be times when you are swimming against a current or taking a surface swim back to shore. Both of which will also increase your aerobic fitness and help you become a confident, fitter diver.
Water is well-known for its therapeutic properties and scuba diving is a fun way to make the most of them.
Being immersed in water helps heal and relax the body by promoting feelings of wellbeing, peace and safety. The minerals in sea water also boost your health by healing skin conditions and wounds.
Neuroscientists and psychologists have also found that being in, on or around water helps to manage trauma, lower anxiety, improve sleep and build resilience.
As a scuba diver, you learn how to use your breath to maximize your dive experience, manage your buoyancy and let stress go. All of which ensures the pressures of daily life melt away the moment you step into the water.
You also learn about the psychology of stress and how to break the stress cycle. This understanding helps keep you safe in the water, as well as relaxed and happy on land.
Go on a diving holiday and your stress levels reduce even more. Your shoulders drop, your mind relaxes, and you switch your nervous system into healing mode.
Learning how to dive is a great way to build your confidence and self-esteem whilst trying a thrilling new sport. You get to learn new skills, practice teamwork and have fun! All in a safe and supportive environment and at a pace that works for you.
Under the guidance of experienced SSI Professionals, you will discover your strengths and overcome your challenges one dive at a time. In this sport where learning never ends, you can become the best version of you!
Learning to scuba dive gives you opportunities you never expected. You can join marine conservation expeditions, cruise the world’s most remote waters and more. The only limit is your imagination!
Before you know it, you might even decide to become an SSI Professional and help others learn to dive. Wherever your diving journey takes you, it all begins here. Get started today and become a scuba diver with SSI.