We are all scuba divers. We love to dive underwater and stay as much as we can. When i meet new “non-diver people” and the word comes to scuba diving, they look at me as if i am crazy. Then they ask questions like where i am diving, how deep i have dived at most and last but not least, am i not getting scared underwater…
I can imagine you smiling if you are a scuba diver, because i am sure you’re also hearing these. Yes, but sometimes i do agree with these guys. Why are we diving?
Underwater, you are free to do whatever you want to. Wanna fly ? You can fly.. Wanna do a flipflop? Jump from 5 meters to 30 meters? Anything you’d like to. There are divers with disabilities. Think how relaxed and equal they feel underwater.
You can never ever think about something underwater. You can only focus your dive and see those beautiful creatures. You cannot think about your job, boss, teacher, girlfriend, husband.. Whatever it is. People think about their jobs and their to do list even when they are about to sleep. Underwater never lets this and gets you relaxed.
Thankfully, nobody can talk underwater. Besides, there is no creature that can yell there. No cell phone ringing, no horn, no traffic, no alarm clock.. Nothing which makes you feel safe and have a peace of mind.
Just like an Amphibious Outfitters t-shirt says for underwater: “Same Planet, Different World”. Fish, sponges, rocks, caves, corals, wrecks … The animals are beautiful, most of them look like they have come out of space. An octopus, for example, has 8 arms (scientists say 6 arms and 2 legs) and it is a cephalopod.
They all seem to be magical. You are watching a great scene every time you look around. The blue in deep water for example.. A human being would never see that tone of blue if he/she is not a scuba diver and go deep.
Millions of people have died without seeing this beauty. And millions of them will pass away without seeing it either. You can see a river, a waterfall, a great mountain.. But every single person living on this planet would also do this even when walking around as a result of coincidence. The view underwater, however, is special. And only the trained scuba divers may see it. Doesn’t this make you get excited and makes you feel your-self special ?
Scuba diving is not only an activity or a sport. It becomes your life style day by day. You are learning to trust people by learning to trust your dive buddy. You are improving yourself in becoming a team member that yould also affect your carrier and your social life. If you become a dive leader, you are learning to manage stress, become an expert in controlling a group and advancing in leadership.
You are meeting with new people with different backgrounds, hobbies, jobs, points of views and etc. This is a great social environment. And most of the scuba divers are companionable. We make great friendships. After having the lifestyle and meeting new people, you are realising that the 98% of your friends are divers! And you are always dreaming and talking about diving with them.
As you see, there are lots of reasons why we are scuba diving. Why don’t you go to a dive center and try it this weekend? And for those who are diving this weekend (including me), have good dives all!
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