Why do we SCUBA dive? That question can come with innumerable answers, each of them different, and each of them correct. We dive for fun, for new experiences, for the love of nature. We dive for many various reasons, and as a result, we benefit from the many health-sustaining advantages that SCUBA can provide. From its ability to quiet our internal noise and infuse us with peaceful bliss, to its ability to exhilarate us to no end, diving is truly good for both the body and the soul.
Physical Health Benefits
One of the first things you will notice after you start SCUBA diving is how much stronger you have become. It most definitely is a direct result of schlepping around all of those heavy tanks and regulators, hiking from your vehicle to the dive spot or boat, and the physically demanding act of diving itself. For divers who are advancing in age and concerned about osteoporosis, this can be of significant benefit to bone density.
Along with making you stronger, SCUBA also inspires you to work on your strength and conditioning. As you dive, you will find yourself wanting to advance in your training, opting for more and more physically demanding skills to conquer. And the more demanding the skills, the more in shape you will need to be. Many divers are motivated by the challenge of more difficult training and meet that challenge with swimming, cardio, and flexibility and resistance training.
Mental Health Benefits
Most SCUBA enthusiasts will agree that there’s no better way to relieve stress than blowing some bubbles in the local diving hole. For some people, if they don’t get to dive often enough, they can get symptoms of something akin to depression. Moodiness sets in, and if they don’t get to splash some water soon, they just don’t feel right in the head. Call it addiction. Call it obsession. We call it therapy. Some of the best therapy in the world.
SCUBA also helps keep your mind sharp. Concentration and paying attention to detail are paramount in diving when you have to focus on specific activities such as watching your buddy or navigating in low vis. After a certain number of dives (it’s different for everyone) these activities become second nature as your concentration and awareness increase.
Inner peace sounds like some kind of flaky idea from a hippie commune, but to SCUBA lovers, it’s as real as the nose on your face. Achieving inner peace can be nearly impossible in this fast-paced digital world. However, when you SCUBA dive, you enter a silent world of weightlessness and instantly you feel your stress fade away.
One of the most important and least discussed aspects of the mental health benefits of SCUBA is the social element. Good friends are hard to find, especially ones with the same interests as you. Engaging in a sport like SCUBA with likeminded individuals can go a long way to buoy your spirits and keep you healthy mentally.
Source: Scuba Boards