It’s a very good question!
There are a lot of reasons. Here are just a few…
It may just be something to mark off your bucket list. I know many former students and travelers I’ve met over the years that have an unconscious need to get underwater. They don’t know why or what drives them but the need is tangible and they are driven. For me it’s a connection with the water/sea. I’ve always been a water baby as far back as I can remember. I have fond memories of my Dad opening the pool in early May in Canada and competing with my brother to be the first one in the pool. It was always mind numbingly cold but I had to be the first one in! For me the creatures under the sea possess the ability to hypnotize and cast a spell on me that makes me forget about everything and anything going on in my life. Everything fades away and I’m in my happy place.
For others, it’s an ideal reason to travel and see new places. Meet new and like minded people, or even find love. Not everyone who dives is able to dive in their own backyard. I was one of the fortunate who was able to. I lived on Vancouver Island in Canada for a while and dived there quite often. Voted Best Cold Water Diving in the World by Jacques Cousteau. For those who aren’t able the need exists for them to travel to new places and dive new sites. Once they’ve found that little gem, where all the boxes are ticked they tend to return time and time again. Once one has learned to dive, everything is consumed by scuba diving. All future vacations will have the caveat “Is there diving?” For no other reason the ocean covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface. If your goal is to “see the world” then you’ll need to learn to scuba dive.
!!ESCAPE!! There are no cell phone calls, text messages, Skype interviews, conference calls or emails to distract you underwater. Your attention is focused on your breathing, buoyancy and what you see through your mask.
Relive the vast amount of history that lies beneath the sea. Think just for a second about all the history that lies beneath the waves. From the highly publisized discovery of the Titanic to the World War II invasion at Normandy. You can explore wrecks that date back as far as you can imagine. I was extremely fortunate, and honestly it’s probably what sank the proverbial hook for me was that I did my very first open water dives in a place called Tobermory, Ontario in Canada. Tobermory has more accessible shipwrecks per capita than any other dive location in Canada. Most of the wrecks lie within recreation depth limits and are very well preserved due to the cold, fresh water. As for Roatan we have numerous wrecks that can be explored while you’re visiting. The Odyssey and the Prince Albert are spectacular examples!
Carrying tanks and gear helps you be better at everything! This is especially useful if you have friends who run marathons or go to the gym often. Diving is an activity and whether you know it or not you are burning calories doing something you enjoy! I’m always amazed at the fact that I can usually eat whatever I want and not worry about my weight when I’m diving a lot. It’s a healthier lifestyle all around. Initially a divers air consumption is rather poor. As we become more comfortable in the water and used to our environment, our gear and our individual limitations and abilities our air consumption tends to improve. After certification you’ll understand the importance of making your air supply last. The trick is to breathe slowly and move deliberately. Good advice for the surface too.
You really should learn to dive, don’t you think? Check out the Diving Courses page to get started.
Are there other reasons we missed? Let us know in the comments.