11 Awesome Reasons To Learn To Scuba Dive In 2022

If you want to change your life, take the plunge and become a scuba diver. Learning to dive opens up a whole new world of adventures, full of epic marine life encounters and sun-soaked destinations that few people ever get to see. You will make friends for life, get fit, and have more fun than you ever could on land. Ready to get inspired and learn to scuba dive? Read on to find out why it is the best thing you will ever do.

Want to change your life? Learn to scuba dive.

1. Encounter some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife.

As a certified scuba diver, you will get to meet some of the world’s most incredible wildlife and explore diverse underwater landscapes that you might otherwise never see.

The myriad of colors and diversity of life in the oceans is staggering, with around 1 million species of animal living there.

Some of the most popular dive destinations, such as Raja Ampat in Indonesia, have thousands of fish species, plus hundreds of colorful coral species, funky crustaceans and more.

You will make memories of a lifetime drifting over peaceful coral reefs teeming with rainbow-hued fish. Spending time with ocean giants that you see on nature documentaries is even better.

Imagine being eye-to-eye with a curious humpback whale and her calf, swimming alongside graceful manta rays, and playful groups of wild dolphins.

When you learn to scuba dive, you can do all of that and more. You will never look at the world the same way again.

2. Rediscover your child-like wonder, again, and again, and again….

As well as marine life in all shapes and sizes, the ocean is home to diverse landscapes and vibrant ecosystems that you simply have to see.

It is true, there is nothing as magical as taking your first breath underwater.

But it is also true that discovering unique landscapes and exploring them with your dive buddy is equally as fantastic.

When you think of scuba diving, you might think of coral reefs and tropical fish, but there are so many other landscapes for you to experience:

  • Rich seagrass meadows busy with baby sea turtles.
  • Bright blue underwater ice formations.
  • Enormous caves full of sparkling stalactites.
  • Crystal-clear sinkholes surrounded by thriving rainforest.


3. Gain confidence in your abilities.

Some people are born to dive and take to it like a fish to water, but some of us take time to learn and get our dive confidence – and that is okay.

If you are nervous about becoming a scuba diver, put your fears aside and rest assured. Learning to scuba dive is much easier than you think.

There are many ways to learn to dive and SSI diving courses are tailored to meet your needs and learning style.

Our flexible and supportive approach to learning is why more people than ever are choosing to learn to scuba dive with SSI.

You can learn at your own pace, in your way, and become a confident scuba diver with all the skills you need to thrive.

Overcoming your fears and achieving your first dive certification is an incredible confidence boost.

Take the first step today and have a chat with your local SSI Training Center about how you can learn to scuba dive.


4. Hang out with cool people from around the globe.

As well as getting to hang out with cool marine life, the people you meet when you become a scuba diver are pretty awesome too.

People from all walks of life learn to scuba dive, and they have diverse careers, backgrounds, and experiences that will broaden your worldview in many ways.

Together, you will bond over shared experiences and make friendships that last a lifetime. And that is just the start of your diving journey.

As you continue diving, you will get to hang out with divers from around the world and become part of a close community of like-minded, adventurous souls.


5. Develop teamwork skills for life.

You might not think of scuba diving as a team sport, but in many ways it is. When you learn to scuba dive, you work closely with your dive buddy and other students to achieve your dreams.

You will help and encourage each other, practice your skills together, and learn how to solve common problems underwater.

It is one of the best ways to discover and develop your teamwork abilities, giving you highly valuable and transferable skills for life.

6. Experience true peace, relaxation and wellbeing.

If you want to experience true wellbeing, head underwater and start diving. Whether you dive in the ocean or inland waterways, the sense of peace is unparalleled.

It is well-known that time in the water has many physical and mental health benefits, including:

  • Lowered stress levels.
  • Improved sleep.
  • Less inflammation in the body.
  • A relaxed, happy mind.

Now you know why scuba divers are always smiling!


7. Enjoy a world of travel opportunities that few people know about.

Whether you want to explore close to home or at the far-flung reaches of our planet, scuba diving is the best way to travel.

There are dive sites all over the globe and many of them are at places you may otherwise never have heard of. Now you have a reason to go there!

Exploring different countries and their dive sites is so addictive and once you get the dive travel bug you will never stop.

You can participate in unique marine conservation expeditions, join thrilling shark dives, and explore ancient shipwrecks from Roman times.

Imagine surfacing from epic sunset dives in the shadow of bustling cities, diving among rich lava tubes off forest-covered islands, and exploring remote islands that can only be reached by liveaboard.

Those are just a small selection of the dive experiences out there.

Not a fan of travel? Check out your local dive sites instead. You do not need to go far to find some beautiful dive sites that most people are utterly unaware of.

Click on the link below for our top tips to help you make the most of diving close to home.


8. Enjoy excellent fitness at any age.

Scuba diving is an inclusive sport for all ages and abilities and is a great way to improve your fitness for life.

It works your aerobic system and strengthens your body without putting undue stress on your joints and muscles.

Not only will you enjoy better physical and mental health when you learn to scuba dive, but you will also get fit whilst having fun.

Looking for a way to get fit without boring, repetitive workouts? This is it.

9. Geek out with awesome dive courses that follow your passions.

The secret to a happy life is to keep learning, engage your mind, and have fun.

Once you become a scuba diver, you can boost your happiness factor by joining a variety of fascinating courses that follow your dive interests.

You can learn in-person or from the comfort of your own home, and immerse in a range of fun advanced diver, tec diving, and freediving courses. You can even learn how to become a mermaid.

With over 70 courses to choose from, we have your dive passions covered for many years to come.

Not sure where to start? Check out our Advanced Open Water Diver training pathway to get some ideas.

10. Help save the oceans.

Once you learn to scuba dive, you will be motivated for life to protect the dive sites and marine life you love.

You cannot help but become an advocate for healthy oceans when you spend time underwater and realize how fragile and important ocean ecosystems are.

The good news is you can make a difference when you go diving:

  • Join clean-up dives around the world.
  • Learn more about the oceans by becoming an Ecology Specialty Diver.
  • Join the free SSI Blue Oceans movement and follow the responsible diver code.
  • Choose Blue Oceans dive centers whenever you can.

We are all connected, and we can all be part of the solution.


11. Be the envy of your non-diving friends.

Did we mention how cool it is being a scuba diver? Learning to dive is a bucket list item for many people, so make sure you tick it off your list and find out what all the fuss is about.

Not only will you get to explore the world’s top travel destinations, but you will also be the envy of your friends with your awesome diving stories and photos.

And do not worry about being good with a camera. There is always a keen underwater photographer on dive trips, and they are often happy to share their images if you buy them a beer or two.