If you are already a scuba diver we are sure you can surely attest to more than 10 reasons to learn how to scuba dive. For those new to the sport, it may be something to mark off your bucket list, a reason to travel or even a way to escape the effects of gravity.
If you’ve been thinking about it and haven’t taken the plunge, here is a top 10 list of reasons from the PADI website to learn to dive.
Explore parts of the world that many don’t get to see
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.
You have a place to escape everyday technology and Zen out
There are no phone calls to answer or emails to respond to underwater. Your attention is focused on breathing and what you see through your mask (which most of the time is pretty awesome!).
Is gravity always bringing you down? Learn to dive and feel the sweet spot of neither sinking nor floating.
Improve your equalisation skills for flights and mountain drives
Once you master equalising your ears on a dive, you can do it anywhere.
Relive the vast amount of history that lies beneath the sea
You can explore wrecks that sit at the bottom of the ocean, including World War ships and planes.
Tank carrying muscles help you be better at bowling
Master non-verbal communications
Scuba divers learn to communicate underwater without speaking. The “this way to the exit” hand signal is very handy when you want to signal your date that it’s time to leave the party!
Impress others with your newly acquired knowledge
You’ll learn about PSI and compressed air in your scuba cylinder. Since you know an empty tank weighs less than full tank, you’ll know that a deflated football weighs less than one fully inflated.
You can one-up your friends on social media
This is especially useful if you have a lot of friends who run marathons…
You know that “Keep Calm and Carry On” is a real thing
After you get certified 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.
Ready to learn? You couldn’t have chosen a better location than Fort Lauderdale Beach to do so.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Fort Lauderdale Beach is the ideal place to scuba dive as the waters remain warm year-round, so it’s total immersion 12 months a year.
Over the past 20 years, the artificial reef programs of Broward County have placed upwards of 75 artificial reefs on the ocean floor as magnets for fish and reef life. Today, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to the largest collection of warm-water wrecks in the Western world. Furthermore, Fort Lauderdale is one of the only places in the continental USA where you can snorkel and dive straight off the Fort Lauderdale Beach coast.
You can find a comprehensive list of Scuba Diving and Snorkeling service providers on Fort Lauderdale Beach by visiting our Things to Do section and clicking on the Watersports Tab.