We believe that scuba diving is one of the most ideal activities you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic (not to mention the mental health benefits). Here’s why:

You always wear a mask.

It is a mandatory requirement to use a mask and regulator when scuba diving and, although it is made of a different material than the one you are used to wearing these days, your gear covers your nose and mouth the whole time.

Scuba diving keeps you physically fit.

The more we dive and swim, the more our muscles gain strength and flexibility. Diving is a physically demanding activity that helps you stay fit and burn calories. You need energy to put on the suit, carry the tanks, jump into the water, kick your fins and swim amidst the underwater world. As we move through the water, our muscles tend to work harder than they do if we were on the surface. This is due to the resistance of the water, its denser mass, and the currents that can add even more resistance to your movements.

You can learn in isolation.

If you are interested in taking any of your PADI courses, but are concerned about putting your health at risk while being in class with other people, you can purchase eLearning programs and learn from the safety of your home.

Your mental health improves. 

Without a doubt, staying locked up for months can have a negative effect on our emotions and mental health. Scuba diving is considered “the best therapy” by many, for when you submerge into the sea, your problems and concerns are left on the surface and the only thing that matters is the beauty of the present moment. There are no words that can explain how magical it is to be able to breathe underwater, explore the ocean and meet its marine life. Diving has even helped many people cope with depression and anxiety.

You surround yourself with typically health-conscious people.

You need to be in good physical condition to dive. Any responsible diver who may have symptoms of coronavirus or any other similar illness such as cough, flu, or headache will know that their body is not in good physical condition to be underwater. So, for personal safety and regardless of this COVID era we are living in, it is better stay home and avoid the dive.

It’s fun!

Even without the COVID pandemic, diving is always a fun activity. It is a way of exploring this blue planet that is so diverse with life and full of energy. Above all, it is a face-to-face encounter with nature where you will share extraordinary moments with marine life. Lastly, being happy can have important benefits for both your immune system and your overall health, and I haven’t met anyone who did not come out of the water with a HUGE smile! So, what are you waiting for?

Not yet a PADI Diver? Get started on the Open Water Course here.

Article by @oceanomartina

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