Want to see the WHOLE World?
We all know that most of our planet is covered in water – 71% of it actually. That means that even if you spend your life exploring every inch of every country, you would only see about one-third of our amazing world.
Oceans are Awesome
The good news is that there is something you can do about it – become a SCUBA diver and you will open up a whole new world for yourself. Not only is the underwater environment mysterious and amazing, but some of the largest and most fantastic creatures on Earth live there.
If you’re a nerd like me, then here are some amazing resources you can check out to learn everything ever wanted to know about the oceans and marine life:
Becoming a SCUBA Diver
Inspired yet? I know that for some people diving sounds terrifying. I will be honest with you, I was a little nervous the first time I tried it too, the breathing part feels forced and unnatural at first. But the first time you go under that water and start exploring coral reefs and seeing brightly coloured fish swimming beside you, none of it matters anymore.
Scuba diving really can be a lifechanging experience. In fact, a large number of the things on my bucket list now revolve around diving in various places and seeing various creatures. For example, diving in the Great Barrier Reef, diving with whale sharks, diving with actual sharks and diving in the Galapagos Islands (shout out to Charles Darwin!).
Getting certified does take a bit of time but it is so so worth it. It typically consists of a certain number of hours of course work (I did mine in 2 days over 1 weekend) as well as pool time and underwater testing. For most courses the equipment is included in the cost, but check the details just to make sure. I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying equipment until you have gone diving a couple of times with rental stuff – that way you have a better idea of what you like and what you don’t.
The most well-known certification around the world is PADI. But there lots of others that you can certify with as well. It is important to note that there are different types of diving certifications depending on the type of diving you want to do. For example, if you become a certified open-water diver, you are certified for dives up to 18 meters (or 60 feet) deep. There is also Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Altitude Diver and Cavern Diver, to name a few…
It is important to note that diving can be a wonderful and life changing experience but there are a few things to consider to make sure that you are diving responsibly:
- Don’t TOUCH Anything: Even though it can be tempting to touch the beautiful coral and other unique features you will see when diving; it is important not to for two reasons. The first is that you can unknowingly cause damage, and the second is that you can seriously hurt yourself.
- Don’t TAKE Anything: I have definitely struggled with this one. If your diving and you find this perfect seashell sitting at the bottom of the ocean, it is hard not to think “hey, what if I just take this ONE shell – it won’t make that much of a difference, right?”. The problem is that if everyone thinks that and takes a shell (or two) then we end up with a big problem. So, whatever you may find, please admire it and leave it there.
- Don’t LEAVE Anything: Last but not least, please don’t leave anything behind. The best way to approach diving is to observe and respect the natural environment and to leave it as pristine as you found it. Ocean pollution is a big enough problem, let’s be responsible divers and not contribute to the problem further.
So, if you want to really explore the whole world and do something amazing, try SCUBA diving. It may not be for everyone, but if you like it then it just may open your eyes to how amazing our world is underneath the waves.
I want to hear from you!
Have you gone diving? If so, what was your experience? Where is your favourite place to dive?
SEE THE WORLD, MAKE IT BETTER.
~ Earthly Traveller