Why you should Scuba Dive…in Koh Tao, Thailand!
Did you know that scuba diving is one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world today? What does the term scuba mean? Well, it was originally the acronym SCUBA, which is short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and every year, millions of people go scuba diving, whether for a course, an introductory dive, or because they already have their diving licence.
Scuba diving is the main activity here in Koh Tao, due to the awesome dive sites, colourful coral and plenty of marine life, it’s easy to see why people flock to Koh Tao every year in order to scuba dive!
But why should you scuba dive, is it just an extreme sport or are there benefits in donning a heavy tank on your back and exploring the underwater world? The answer is yes, and here’s why!
Gain strength & flexibility!
Just carrying the gear can definitely help you with your strength but also as you move throughout the water during the course of a scuba dive, your muscles tend to work harder than they would if you were outside the water. This is due to the resistance of the water but also the current. The more you dive and swim, the more your muscles lengthen, build strength and develop endurance as well as flexibility.
Control your breathing!
Breathing whilst diving is slow and deep, similar to the breathing we do whilst meditating, which is essential when conserving and optimizing your air consumption. During a scuba dive, you breathe in and tend to breathe out slower which reduces the heart rate, promoting calm.
Stimulate your mind!
When exploring the marine life surrounding you on your dive, your body is flooded with excitement, wonder and awe. Seeing the sheer variety of underwater life and the amazing colour of the corals and is enough to put anyone in a good mood. Seeing certain colours can also help to change and improve your mood
Release those endorphin’s!
Scuba diving stimulates your heart, body and mind! As mentioned before, when we breathe underwater, it should be slowly and deeply. Whether in cold or warm climates, when you’re doing what you love combined with holiday, adventure, excitement and lifetime experiences, this ‘time out’ gives your body a chance to rest and bring it back to a natural balance.
See things other’s won’t!
You will see things you’ve only ever dreamed of, amazing colours, historic wrecks, man made reefs, beautiful islands, bizarre marine life you didn’t even know existed…plus those that you did; the list goes on!
Dive anywhere in the world!
The World is over 70% water, which means there are more places in the world where diving is possible than those where it isn’t. So no matter where you live, or where you travel for holiday, once you get your PADI Open Water certification, you won’t be too far from diving – even lakes and quarries offer fabulous diving…we would, however, suggest scuba diving on a tropical island called Koh Tao though!