We've seen 70% more of the world than you – a world you don't even know exists, animals that you'll never see outside of water. We are scuba divers, and here's why our lives are richer than those that don't dive. How much longer are you going to miss out for?
Scuba Divers are fitter and healthier
Oh yes we are. First of all let's talk about how exercising in water is very effective due to the natural resistance water has against our bodies. Using your legs to fin at depth is great exercise and the sensation of being weightless makes it feel almost effortless. It has been scientifically substantiated that any form of exercise improves cardio-vascular performance and that translates into a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, circulatory problems and ailments in general. BOOM.
Then there's the added benefit of the sun, that usually pokes its head out in most dive destinations we are travelling to. The Vitamin D from the sun not only helps the rate of absorption of calcium, it also helps the cells pass calcium to each other. This higher absorption rate helps to keep the bones healthy and strong. Exposure to sunlight also helps to increase endorphin production within our brains.
They live in a Real Life 'Finding Nemo' Movie
Can you believe they made two whole movies about finding nemo when we get to find him every day? They should have come to the scuba divers first, we could have told them exactly where he was.
The life of a scuba diver is one of dodging turtles, marvelling at fish and watching as sharks glide by. The pure pleasure, wonder, and awe of interacting with, and being up close to, amazing marine life produces an incredible feeling of increased well-being, not to mention how damn cool it is swimming in a real life fish tank. You just can't do that sort of stuff on dry land!
Divers see 70% more of the world and travel further
Because that'ss how much of the planet is covered in ocean. If you don't scuba dive, you are only seeing 30% of the planet. Divers are also pretty committed to the cause and travel high and low in order to experience some of the best diving in the world. Millions travel each year to The Great Barrier Reef which is the largest organism in the world, with a surface area that is greater than England. Yup, we really see a hell of a lot more than non divers.
Certified divers are well educated
It's no easy ride passing your PADI Open Water course. And that's just the start. Divers take numerous courses over countless years to be the best diver they can. We all take our safety seriously and studying instead of going out, memorising scuba tables instead of TV programmes and have whole shelves dedicated to the science behind diving.
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When you go diving, you always have to dive with a buddy. This makes scuba diving a great way to meet people as you are guaranteed to make AT LEAST one over friend. Divers are usually like-minded individuals who share a common interest, and know how to have a good time. It is also very easy to feel a sense of community when scuba diving and often friendships last a lifetime. Also, we love a good scuba joke. Nudi picture anyone?
They are the real ocean hero's
The ocean remains one of the most expansive, mysterious and diverse places on Earth. Unfortunately, it is being threatened by man made and natural pollution . Marine life is dying, and as a result the whole oceanic ecosystem is threatened. However, divers are pairing their diving skills with a higher purpose and dedicating their lives to saving the ocean. Every time a scuba diver jumps in they pick up any trash they find, they organize ocean clean up days, and help injured marine life and corals. Divers are respectable, honourable and are making waves in saving not just our oceans, but our planet.