How Scuba Diving Completes A Traveller

How Scuba Diving Completes A Traveller

Swimming through a kaleidoscope of colour at the bottom of the ocean is like entering a new, surreal world. Eileen recounts her scuba diving adventure, giving us 5 reasons she thinks will make us want to dive.

I went for a weekend dive trip at Tioman, Malaysia, and I am proud to announce that I’m officially a certified Open Water Diver! I had so much fun over the weekend with likeminded people and I was delighted to hear the different diving experiences shared by the instructors on this trip. My decision to get my Open Water Diver Certificate is one of the best decisions I’ve made and this is why:

You get to experience the other 70% of the world 

The world is huge, if you think you’ve seen it all, think again. 70% of the Earth is covered with water and there is so much wonder going on in this large part of the globe. Swimming in the ocean amongst marine life is such a surreal experience. Diving not only allows you to swim side by side marine creatures but also allows you to venture into underwater caves and visit ancient civilisations present thousands of years ago but is now buried underwater. What you can find in this other 70% of the world is simply incredible. Here’s a video to entice you.

Video credits: Sarosh Jacob

It takes travelling to a whole new level

Now every time you travel, you take into consideration not just what you see on land but also what you see under water. Similar to being on land, the geographic region affects what sort of ocean life you get to encounter. For instance you would head to Sri Lanka to see the Whale Sharks, Maldives to see the Manta Rays, Malaysia to see the Barracudas, or simply travel to find the best coral formations. Furthermore, you get to meet so many people who share the same joy in diving and exchange your unique encounters. The stories are endless, so are the opportunities.

Image credits: Nataraj Metz 

You cannot find another activity that is more therapeutic 

When you are underwater, you hear nothing but your own breathing and the underwater wildlife. You can’t speak nor can you make any sound. I have never come across any other activity that allows such tranquility as much as diving can offer. Everything seems to slow down underwater. You tend to forget about the world. You are stripped of your means of communication. You don’t even feel any weight, physically and mentally. It’s just you floating around the ocean. I love it so much I’m addicted.

Image credits: spettacolopuro 

You learn to maintain composure in sticky situations

All divers are taught to remain calm and composed even in the most sticky situations they face i.e. being out of air underwater. This is because should a diver fluster, his life will be at risk. Thus, the key is to keep calm and keep breathing. Such a skill is applicable to life in order to handle periodic panic attacks. This would definitely reduce stress level in society and the world would be a happier place.

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Bonus for fellow Singaporeans: The best dive sites are concentrated in South East Asia

Being in Singapore, we are so blessed to be surrounded by top dive sites of the world. For starters, we are SO close to The Coral Triangle, which is the global centre for biodiversity. It is also known as the Amazon of the seas. The top dive sites are a short flight away from Singapore and very often, you will be able to find budget flights to the area.

For instance, AirAsia offer budget flights to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia, home to world famous dive sites like Sipadan Island and Layang Layang. Not far off we also have diving sites in Bali, Indonesia and Boracay in the Philippines. As compared to other parts of the world, diving in South East Asia is a lot cheaper and it hardly disappoints.

Diving is really a fascinating activity and I strongly encourage all of you to give it a shot. If you are afraid let me give you some encouragement. One of my dive instructors use to be aquaphobic (fear of water).

If you’re still not convinced, watch the following video. It pretty much sums up point 1 to 5.

Video credits: Volker Bassen

Hopefully you will feel as excited as my dive group did when we passed our Open Water Diver Course. Thank you for the great weekend!

Image credits: Michelle Tan

Meanwhile, Keep calm and keep breathing.

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About Author

Eileen Fong

Eileen Fong is a Singaporean explorer who lived in UK for 5 years during an important phase of life. There, she was exposed to different cultures around the world, thus nurturing her passion for travel and exploration. She now pens her stories on her site, "Peregrinate with me", to encourage fellow travellers to venture out of their comfort zones and see the beauty of places.