It’s not just about getting wet. Why learning to dive can change your life.
Taking the plunge into the underwater world can become so much more than an occasional hobby or a holiday memory. Scuba can change your world. From seeing the other 75% of the planet, to visiting amazing places most people have never heard of. You will meet people from different cultures and worlds that share your interests and make them lifelong friends.
The adventures you can experience as part of a dive community range from a day at one of Sydney’s many beautiful dive sites, to a week or two overseas diving off the back of a boat near a little tropical island non divers have never heard of. There are frozen lakes to explore, sunken cities, empty missile silos, aircraft carriers, shipwrecks, WWII history and many more places that are yet to be discovered. A plethora of animals wait to be encountered with seals, whales, penguins, dolphins, turtles and many more eager to investigate the strange underwater creature you become when you don your dive gear and slip beneath the water. The different areas and specialties of diving are limitless, every experienced diver you talk to will have a different plan for the next specialty they will do or island they will explore.
The friends you make through diving will open your eyes and may just change your life for the better. Scuba diving attracts like minded people from all different backgrounds and skill sets, from surgeons to dog groomers, IT professionals to builders, the list goes on. They are typically down to earth, friendly and willing to offer advice about anything and everything dive and ocean related.
The community that surrounds diving can become a second family to you. From meeting up on a weekend for a dive and a BBQ to travelling to a tropical island and spending a week basking in the sun, exploring wrecks and drinking cocktails together, the dive community brings people together. One of the best experiences can be sitting around on the beach after a dive surrounded by a bunch of people you just met, sharing your thoughts from the last underwater adventure. Everyone has their own unique dive stories to tell and they never get old. From that time your friend was slapped by the tail of a baby Humpback Whale, to the dive when you shared a moment with an unlucky fish that you still find hard to explain.
Learning to scuba dive and taking the plunge into such an amazing and diverse sport can change your life in ways you never thought. It may lead to a career change that ends up placing you on a tropical island, you may meet a partner that shares that adventurous spirit that got you into diving to begin with, or you may just make some friends that change your life for the better in ways that are difficult to describe. So what are you waiting for, as a good friend always says to me “DDDIIIIIIVVVVEEEE”.