There are many reasons why we start and continue scuba diving and here is my personal list. Hope you enjoy it 💙
1 Meeting fellow adventurists and Ocean lovers. Connecting with like minded people makes diving not just another hobby but an enjoyable lifestyle. I love my new circle of friends, our weekends in the blue and all the adventures we share. Thanks to a huge emphasis on safety in diving, i have developed friends I can count on in every possible way.
2 Challenging myself is another very important aspect. Coming from a landlocked country in Central Asia, I only learnt to swim properly in my 20’s on the glorious open beach of Jumeirah, Dubai. I never knew i could become what I have become now even in my wildest dreams simply as it is something rather exotic back in Kazakhstan. It is indeed an exciting and meaningful journey for me.
3 Becoming Ocean’s advocate is also extremely exciting. Whether participating in a local clean up event, joining the Reef Check program or teaching kids about the importance of a healthy Ocean, being the voice of the “Silent World” adds a new exciting dimension to my life.
4 It revolutionized my traveling patterns. As a seasoned urban traveler who frequents large cities, I started to prefer destinations around turquoise waters located which brought me much closer to nature.
5 It is the closest i felt to flying. Yes, i know i am not supposed to use arms and all but I would still do it occasionally imitating my favorite eagle rays. Although underwater, I feel as a free bird that gravity has no power over and this feeling is amaaaaazing!
6 I leant a lot! Diving started an endless chain reaction for more and more fields of interest. Marine biology, oceanography, climate change lured me and uncovered depth of exciting facts and stories.
7 It empowered me. During the roughest days on the surface, i remind myself that i am the girl who dives with sharks on a regular basis. I am often the only girl on a boat with all jokes targeted at me and every guy trying to check how tough I am. I am the girl who used to have panic attacks underwater and now i inspire others to get over their fears. Can anything on the surface possibly scare me? I dont think so.
8 It is loads of FUN! Once i’ve mastered my buoyancy and became impartable with my pink fins, diving became my most beloved hobby and a way to spend my weekends and vacations as nothing can beat seeing such graceful animals as sharks, rays and turtles in their natural habitat.
What makes you love scuba diving? Which reasons can you relate to?