Imagine for fun, that the world had to decide upon the best hobby. This hobby has to tick all the right boxes and sit above all the rest as the go-to hobby that everyone should consider taking up. We think this hobby would need to be fun, teach you new things, take you to new places and keep you fit and healthy, but to name a few of the key elements. To cut a long story short, we think scuba diving is the best hobby.
You’re probably thinking that as a scuba diving company, we were always going to say scuba diving was the best. So, don’t just take our word outright for why scuba diving is the coolest hobby, let us prove it to you. Here’s our justification of what is quite potentially an outlandish claim, and also why you (if you aren’t already) should get PADI certified ASAP.
Divers Have Access to a New World
Yes, snorkeling may let you explore the water’s surface and freediving, depending on your skill level, gives you several minutes of access to further depths, but scuba diving is something else altogether. Whether it’s coral reefs, sunken wrecks or underwater caves, having a tank on your back gives you physical access to environments you would otherwise never be able to reach.
Divers Learn Unique & Transferable Skills
Scuba diving as a hobby teaches you a range of unique-to-the-hobby and transferable skills. During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn how to use the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, as well as how to orientate yourself in water as well as a number of the pitfalls diving into the depths can bring.
It’s Available Worldwide
An interest in scuba diving can certainly remain a local endeavor, if you want it to, even in locations without access to a coastline. However, the chances are that an interest in the underwater world will take you to the far reaches of the world at some point. Want to dive with sharks in the Bahamas? Want to see WWII wrecks in Micronesia? Colorful coral reefs in Indonesia? It’s all within your capabilities when, at the very least, you’re a qualified PADI Open Water Diver.
Divers Enjoy Increased Mental and Physical Wellbeing
It’s well known that being active is good for your body and your mind. Throwing a tank on your back, jumping in the water and kicking your legs for a dive’s length of time is a comfortable way to be active. Additionally, getting in the water is a great way to calm your mind and forget everything going on topside, whether that’s the pressure of social media, a family drama or work-related stress.
There’s a Community of Like-Minded People to Meet
Step into any dive shop or on any dive boat, and there’s a good chance you’re going to meet someone who’s on a similar page. The diving community is full of people who love everything in, around and under the water’s surface, whether that’s unimaginably large megafauna or taking part in a weekly beach clean. In addition to the unique skills scuba diving gives you, it’s likely you’ll pick up some life-long friends along the way, too.
Diving Can Become a Career
You may not realize it at the time, but that moment you step into a PADI dive center and sign up for your PADI Open Water course could be the beginning of a life-long career. A career in the scuba diving industry can range from being a PADI instructor and introducing new generations of divers into the hobby to using your scuba diving skills in a practical capacity, such as underwater welding or restoring coral reefs.
If you’re ready to get your PADI and join the millions of certified divers exploring the wealth of underwater environments across the world, find your local dive center here. It’s time to take the first step and learn to #LiveUnfiltered.