When on vacation (or at home if you live on the coast), diving can be an incredible and unique experience -- the trick is making the decision to do it. Below are some of the best reasons to literally take the plunge.
1. It's an opportunity to face your fears.
For many beginners, learning to dive seems intimidating, because the underwater environment is not something that you're naturally used to. However, during a diving course, you will learn the basics in a safe environment, usually a pool with clear, shallow water, along with a group who will provide support and encouragement. It will seem strange to breathe underwater at first, but it's not nearly as hard as it seems.
2. You will see incredible sights.
Australia is known for its natural wildlife, and getting a chance to see what's hidden beneath the sea is a great way to experience some of our country's most extraordinary sights first hand. Depending on where you go, you may see whales, cod, turtles, sea snakes, jacks, barracuda, eels, rays, and even sharks. It's not only the animals, though -- the Queensland coast is known for its Great Barrier Reef, and diving courses will take you right to it.
3. You can dive at almost any age.
Young people from ages twelve and up can do diving courses and get the same training as adults, the only difference being that they will receive a "Junior License" instead. In other words, older kids don't have to be left behind. A maximum age limit is generally not specified, so as long as you meet the health requirements, it can be a great way to enjoy your retirement.
4. You can have different experiences at different times of years.
Some people may go diving once, cross it off the bucket list, and move onto something else, but those who are more enthusiastic can reap the benefits of different seasons. The visible wildlife and water temperature will change depending on the time of year.
5. You can go pro.
The more experiences you have, the more opportunities you have to discover something you really love. Some people find that they have a passion for diving and make the decision to become a trainer. Many businesses also offer advanced training that will take you to the next level, if you so desire. It's great to make a career doing what you love, and diving might be just the thing.