Scuba diving is both a sport and adventure. It gives an unforgettable experience of exploring the beautiful life underwater. Aside from fun and entertainment, diving has great physical, emotional, psychological, and social benefits to everyone.
Flexibility and strength. When you dive, you move every inch of your muscle without getting tired as the water provides you buoyancy. Your muscles also work harder as you move through the water that offers great resistance. With this, you strengthen your muscles as well as developing your flexibility and endurance. Moreover, scuba diving can “awaken” muscles that have been long sleeping as you maneuver through the water. Like swimming that can build up the muscles in your thighs and shoulders, diving can help tone your different muscle areas, consequently giving you better posture.
Improves your agility. With constant propelling and paddling, you also develop your agility, especially in your feet and leg area.
Improves blood circulation. While working all your body muscles simultaneously during a dive, you also give yourself a full cardiovascular workout. Each working muscle needs oxygen, and your heart provides oxygen through your blood in a regulated and smooth way. Hence, diving can be said to be a great cardiovascular exercise.
Reduces blood pressure. Related to exercising your circulatory system, diving can also help lower blood pressure. There are studies reporting that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to be prone to strokes and heart attacks.
Improves your respiratory system. Not only does scuba diving exercises the heart, it also helps keep your lungs fit. During a dive, you would have to take in as much air as possible. As you strive to breathe air from your oxygen tank, you also exercise your lungs by expanding it to absorb more oxygen.
Enhances your sense of focus. Scuba diving improves your concentration and awareness. As you swim underwater, you continually keep your balance by coordinating your leg and arm movements despite the weight you are carrying. Not only that, you also strain not to damage the corals, fishes, and marine life around you as you explore the underwater. With diving, you learn to control your muscles without losing attention to the environment around you.
Relieves stress. Aside from the proven fact that the water itself can reduce stress, diving is a relaxing experience as your body improves its circulatory and respiratory systems. With this physical benefit is the added effect to sooth the diver’s mind. The underwater is weightless environment and drifting through it can give you a feeling of peace and contentment. Likewise, the underwater is a whole new whole that can really take out the stress from anyone. It is free from pressures from work, anxieties, and problems. It takes you away from your stressful life.
Greater appreciation of nature’s beauty. There is much water than land and the underwater is alive with elegant, wonderful, and magnificent life. There is so much diversity of life within the waters and only diving can provide you with an intimate encounter with these other gifts of nature. You will discover creatures you have never seen before with its abundant plant and animal life. With diving, you will feel closer with nature and learn to value it more than you did before.
Skill-building. Scuba diving can also make you explore certain skills. As you progress from basic to advanced training and specialty courses, you will have the opportunity to involve yourself in underwater naturalism, search and rescue techniques, and underwater photography.
Social and career benefits. By joining scuba diving class or club, you get to meet various people who can be your diving buddies and become your life-long friends. When you dive, you rely on a buddy system where you will always feel protected, as well as you also watch and help your fellow divers. Moreover, with the skills you learned in diving and with the people you are involved with, you will consequently be presented with more career options.