Make learning to scuba dive your new year’s resolution and 2020 could be your most exciting year yet!
Don’t believe us? Adventure seekers of all ages, read on…
Feeling those early year blues, the festivities are over and the days are short, break the boredom, and do something that will last the rest of your life, with endless opportunities. If you’re looking for a little adventure this year and beyond, to learn an exciting new skill and meet friendly like-minded people, learning to scuba dive will be right up your street! Here are our top reasons why this could be your best new year’s resolution yet.
It Changes Lives, and whats more makes you feel amazing!
Learning to dive is such a wonderful experience – the feeling of breathing underwater for the first time, the weightlessness that comes with diving, the pure bliss of the underwater world – all of these amazing things just need to be experienced by all. For many, learning to dive changes their life. It offers adventure, opportunity, friendship and fun like no other sport we’ve come across.
The best thing is that you don’t have to go far to see some of the best underwater sites our planet has to offer. Both the UK and Europe have some phenomenal dives that your adventure-loving heart won’t want to miss.
Join a cracking bunch of people
Becoming a diver is like joining a worldwide society. It’s amazing how something can connect you to hundreds of thousands of people around the world but diving really does have that capability. It’s written into the laws of recreational diving that it should be a social sport, as you should never dive without a buddy, but it’s more than just that. You can show up at a dive club on the other side of the world and there will be someone to dive with; you will have something in common with that person and you will be able to communicate with them even if there’s a language barrier. Divers come together, no matter where you are.
Plus, with Immerse, We are not just a school of diving but have a club life emphasis. Learning through a club is a sure-fire way of socialising and making new friends for life, and with Immerse it can truly be a family experience.
Scuba dive and help the planet
We’ve spent much of 2019 hearing nothing but how our world is experiencing a climate disaster. Our planet is in danger, our seas are in danger. Climate change has become a huge rising interest in many, especially the younger generation, and as divers we take the protection of our planet seriously.
Learning to dive in 2020 could be the first step towards making a huge difference to our planet. As divers, we take part in underwater litter-picks, beach cleans, and work closely with organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society to protect our oceans and marine wildlife. With Project AWARE there is a clear ethos to promote protecting the ocean, with a focus on implementing lasting change, reducing plastic waste and giving our planet the helping hand it needs.
Treat your body and mind
With the new year comes a need to reset, and rediscover and scuba diving does a world of good for both your body and your mind. Physically, scuba diving is ultimately a sport and a great way of staying active without the exhausting need to spend weeks in the gym, with much better scenery and rewards.
In terms of mental wellbeing, it has been proven that diving has a positive impact on mood, promotes mindfulness and, from a study by the University of Sheffield’s Medical School, we can now say that it also improves levels of anxiety, depression and social functioning, as well as a reduction in insomnia.
For sure, scuba diving and mindfulness go hand in hand, and mental well-being is more important than ever. Due to diving’s focus on breathing, the peaceful vacuum of the underwater world and social aspect of diving, learning to dive this year could do wonders for your mental health.
Make adventure happen
Need more adventure in your life? Look no further than learning to scuba dive! Diving opens so many doors in terms of living your best adventure-filled life. Every ‘100 things to do before you die’ list has some form of diving adventure on it. Whether your goal is the Great Barrier Reef, diving between the tectonic plates in Iceland or even our very own wrecks of Scapa Flow in Orkney, there will be a diving adventure for you. Once you’ve done one adventure there is always another one just around the corner for you to look forward to.
Experience the world in a new light
71% of the planet is water, so if you want to see the world, you need to go under the sea as well as over it. You’ve seen Titanic, Atlantis, even The Little Mermaid, these may be greatly fictionalised (We can’t promise you’ll ever see the ‘unsinkable’ White Star Liner) but there are whole new worlds beneath the waves just waiting for you. From the vibrant reefs in the tropics to the wrecks in Scotland, the underwater world has so much to give, you just have to take the plunge.
Find peace and calm
There is something utterly calming about being underwater. It’s a phenomenon you can experience briefly in a public swimming pool when trying to do laps on a Saturday morning surrounded by 50 children playing on inflatables – the moment your ears dip beneath the waterline and you’re suddenly in a sound vacuum. Imagine that kind of peace, but for an hour.
“Just being in the water has always been something that improved my mental state, but the very nature of diving taught me a mindfulness that I have been unable to secure on the surface.” Pete Vickers (Staff instructor)
Test your limits and face your fears
Whether it’s to raise money for charity, for boredom or for something to do while travelling, people face their fears (often very publicly) every day by jumping out of planes, doing the longest zip wire in the world or bungee jumping from heights of 200m. There is an unprecedented number of people who fear the ocean, mostly due to the fear of what lies beneath, so why don’t you find out? The best thing about diving is that you don’t even have to dive straight in and commit to a full course.
Try Dives are conducted in sheltered water, meaning a swimming pool. This water will be no deeper than a few meters and you will start in a shallower section – there you can kneel fully submerged, but also stand up comfortably with the water coming to your waist/chest. Not only can you try something new, but you can also try trying the new thing before committing to trying it!
A photographer’s paradise
Are you an Instagram addict? Maybe you enjoy showing off your latest adventure in a jaw-dropping Facebook album? Or perhaps a physical photobook for when your family visit? Whoever you choose to take photos for, you won’t find an activity more challenging or more rewarding than underwater photography.
In itself, the task is riddled with challenges – the most obvious being underwater. Most modern cameras now have compatible underwater housings, from your DSLR to your GoPro and even now your iPhone, you can get cases to take these cameras to depths of 60 meters. Though the equipment can be expensive the more high tech you get, you can get some pretty reasonable housings for basic compact cameras too.
Once you’ve mastered the challenges of underwater photography, you won’t be able to find subjects as beautiful as the underwater landscape and marine life beneath the waves. Plus, the UK is rife with awe-inspiring sights that deserve to see the light of day. From the playful seals in the Farnes to shipwrecks littering the south coast. If you’re looking for something even more challenging, look up macro underwater photography.