When it comes to scuba diving, you usually have three camps. You have those who couldn’t imagine going to a destination without scuba diving. As a matter of fact, many of them will centre their whole trip around it. You then have the curious who will try scuba diving if they have the chance. Then you have those who are terrified of it.
But in many cases, they’re only afraid because of misconceptions they have about scuba diving. While it can seem intimidating at first, you can start slowly until you build your rhythm. There are also things you can do to make sure that you stay safe and comfortable. Here are a few reasons why you should consider giving scuba diving a try.
Reasons to try scuba diving
Experience destinations from a different angle
Scuba diving is the best way to enjoy a destination to the fullest. You might be right next to some natural wonders without even realising it. Scuba diving will make the whole trip much more interesting and memorable.
It’s more accessible than you think
A lot of people assume that you have to be a master swimmer to do scuba diving, but that’s not true. In reality, all you need is to know how to swim and be comfortable in the water. You will have an instructor with you the whole time during your first sessions and they will be there to reassure you and make sure that you’re safe.
Once you get more advanced, you’ll be able to use a dive computer to time your dives, control how deep you go, and how fast you come up. Quality dive computers worth every penny are a good buy, and some operators will require that you have one before you dive, so we suggest you start searching for a good easy-to-read model for beginners.
Explore exotic wildlife
Scuba diving is also a must if you’re a nature lover. If you love animals, then you’ll have the chance to see some of the most beautiful sea creatures in their natural habitat. Depending on where you are, you might see schools of tropical fish or turtles. You might even see whales. Seeing these creatures up close will give you a whole new appreciation for nature.
You can Go at Your Own Rate
Another great thing about scuba diving is that you can go at your rate. You can start by doing some free diving next to a sailboat or you can go on longer dives with an oxygen tank. You don’t have to rush things and you can choose to always stay with an instructor if you want to.
No matter the destination, if you’re close to a beach, chances are you’ll be able to find tons of scuba operators available. There’s usually a lot of competition as well, so you’ll be able to find cheap equipment to rent, along with time with an instructor. This is one of the cheapest activities you can do while on holiday in an exotic destination, and it will take up a large portion of your day. This is something older children will enjoy as well.
It will get you moving
Last, but not least, scuba diving is also a great way to stay in shape while on holiday. One dive could allow you to burn as much as 700 calories. And the best part is that you’ll barely notice it.
These are all reasons why you should consider trying scuba diving on your next trip. It would also be a good idea to take some preliminary classes before you go, so you’ll be thoroughly prepared.
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