We all get wrapped up in our daily grind and are guilty of letting stress and “busy-ness” keep us from getting into our scuba gear and dropping below the surface. If you can relate, read on for tips on how to fit diving back into your weekly routine and you will see your stress levels begin to wane immediately while your physical and mental strength will grow (FYI, Diving burns up to 500 calories per hour!)
1. Find a dive buddy who is passionate about scuba diving
If your dive buddy loves diving regularly and schedules time to get in the water, you will be more likely to dive more often too. You can pick a day of the week that works for both of you, or even more often if your schedules allow. Better yet, find even more dive buddies who dive regularly and you will have options if your regular buddy is out of town or unavailable when you are ready to dive.
2. Expand your Dive Education
Unless you are a Course Director, there is always more continuing education for you to explore. Whether you take a Night Diving Course, Underwater Photography Course, Rescue Diver Course, or decide to go all the way and become an Open Water Instructor, continuing education gives you a chance to get in the water more and learn new skills that will make you feel more confident every time you dive. You may even find a profession that fits you in the Scuba Diving world!
3. Schedule your Dives like you Schedule your Workouts
Since Scuba Diving burns up to 500 calories per hour, you can count it as an exercise session! Substitute a run or visit to the gym with a shore dive and you’ll not only condition your body, you will calm your mind and be able to enjoy the beauty underwater while staying cool! When you get home or back to the office you’ll have stories to share about your experience that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Better yet, take an underwater camera (even if it’s a disposable one) with you so you can show others what you saw underwater and share it with your social networks!
4. Get out on a Dive Boat
You can take day trips or multi-day trips on a local dive boat and see new areas that will make you want to explore even more! Whether you visit a local kelp forest, island chain, sunken wrecks, or other destination offered by a dive boat charter, exploring a new location will rekindle your passion for diving.
5. Take a Scuba Vacation
If you are planning a vacation, why not choose a destination where you can go scuba diving? Whether you decide you want to stay at a resort or on a Liveaboard, a scuba diving vacation will surely open your eyes to the beauty underwater and make you want to dive more when you get back home. You will also be fitting in your “workouts” while you play! As a result you will maximize your fun and leave your stress behind as you descend into the crystal clear blue water!