Recently, I was asked Why do I like scuba diving? It seems like an easy question to answer, but I was seriously lost for words.
Scuba diving is such an all-consuming experience. It allows me to enter a whole other world, a world where color can be distorted, muted or intense. A world that’s not hurried by technology, where you’re required to slow down and really “live in the moment”.
My senses are heightened in this liquid environment. I rely on my vision to see symbiotic relationships and the camouflage of predator and prey. I listen beyond my steady bubble breathing in hopes of hearing dolphin clicks and crustaceans faintly clattering against rocks and coral. I abandon my body to the motion of the current, trying to flow as one with my surroundings.
WHY I dive is probably the bigger question. I dive to see animals. I applaud those that are avid cave divers and can find hidden treasures on night dives, but I prefer clear water and big animals. Watching a manta ray silently glide above me on the Great Barrier Reef, hearing a green turtle crunch on coral not 10 feet away, or marveling at the grace and speed of a dolphin in the Bahamas are just some of the many highlights of my diving adventures.
Wreck dives are fantastic for fish and sharks, coral heads offer unique hiding places and a rainbow of colors, and night dives illuminate a hidden world, but my best dives are usually the ones with big opportunities.
So why do you Scuba Dive?