Why Scuba Diving Is Good For Your Health

Why scuba?

Out of all the activities that you can do, people often ask me what I like about scuba diving. Well you might as well ask an avid skiier what they like about skiing. It’s fun! It’s adventurous! I like skiing too, but I’m not going anywhere that a tree can jump out at me and smack my face.

There are several reasons why people should consider learning scuba diving:

  1. Experience the underwater world: Scuba diving allows you to explore the underwater world and observe marine life up close.
  2. Adventure and challenge: Scuba diving is an exciting and challenging sport that can provide a sense of adventure and accomplishment.
  3. Environmental awareness: By experiencing the underwater world, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the marine environment and become more environmentally conscious.
  4. Relaxation and stress relief: Scuba diving can provide a sense of peace and relaxation, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s a fun activity after a long day of programming.
  5. New friends and community: Scuba diving is a social sport, and you can meet new people and make friends with other divers from around the world.
  6. Travel opportunities: Scuba diving opens up new travel opportunities, allowing you to explore some of the world’s most beautiful and remote dive sites.

Overall, scuba diving is a unique and rewarding experience that can offer personal growth, adventure, and a deeper connection to the natural world.

Health benefits of diving.

Scuba diving can offer several health benefits, including:

  1. Cardiovascular exercise: Scuba diving provides low-impact cardiovascular exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health and endurance.
  2. Stress relief: Scuba diving can be a form of mindfulness, providing a sense of relaxation and helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
  3. Improved lung function: Scuba diving requires the use of your lungs, strengthening lung capacity and improving respiratory health.
  4. Increased flexibility and strength: Scuba diving requires a full range of motion and can help improve flexibility and strength, particularly in the legs, arms, and back.
  5. Exposure to sunlight and vitamin D: Scuba diving can provide exposure to natural sunlight, which can boost vitamin D levels and improve overall health.
  6. Exposure to negative ions: Scuba diving exposes you to negative ions, which have been shown to have a positive effect on mood and well-being.

It’s important to note that scuba diving can also have some potential health risks, such as decompression sickness and ear or sinus problems, so it’s important to be in good health and to seek proper training and certification before diving.

Also underwater exercise is reportedly good for you because the resistance of the water creates smoother movements, making you less likely to injure yourself while exercising.

Where you can dive.

I like to dive in warm waters, in places like Okinawa and Puerto Rico. Some people instead prefer ice diving, you’ll find lots of people talking about it on the scuba subreddit. For me, I’d rather enjoy diving than think about it as work.