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The Fun, and Stress-Reducing Power of Returning to Scuba Diving


Have you dried out? Scuba diving is great fun and a real stress reducer, so why not get back into the water.

We go through a number of reasons why people stop diving, and how you can pick up your scuba gear and immerse yourself in our aquatic world.

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
2 years ago

Have you all but dried out. How did you get back into diving?

Angelo Fraietta
Angelo Fraietta
1 year ago

That is fantastic and very encouraging. I was into snorkelling for years before doing my open water course when I was 17. After a few years of diving I had a pretty scary incident where I could not get out of the water while snorkelling due to a weather change. I then had a non-diving spouse and stopped altogether. When my youngest daughter turned 16, I was trying to do something that we could do together so she did the open water and I did a refresher. Then, when my son turned 16, he did an open water course and we did some dives together, and even wenta on a dive in Italy when we were there. Covid cam and it slowed us down. But the pinacle was when my son talked me into doing a live aboard in Great Barrier Reef last year an we had excellent time. We diver together as much as we can and it is a great way to build up the bond with my children. We are going to go snorkelling with my wife at Fly Point Nelson Bay, where hopefully she may get the bug. I am really getting into it now we have an empty nest, however, I think it is a way to keep us together as a family.

geemac
geemac
1 year ago

I suffered a serious car accident that stopped me from playing golf and diving for 12yrs due to having double shoulder & knee operations followed by years of rehab programs. I’m back playing golf, not off my 9hcp but an improving 18hcp. I have regained my passion for diving and hope to return via 🎉shallow depth retraining for say 5-10 dives at 10-20m intervals. It will be tough to carry full equipment initially either by boat or off-shore but the return to weightlessness underwater will put a ‘smile on my dial’ 😊that will be difficult to remove. Thanks for this informative video about getting back to diving & returning to an environment that most humans will never experience, appreciate or understand.🇦🇺👍

Barry Gropp
Barry Gropp
2 years ago

Took a break for a few years living in Europe but in Taiwan now and dive regularly. So glad to do it again.

Melle Slotema
Melle Slotema
2 years ago

Well. After 2009 I stopped. Life. Don’t really know. I did a reactivate in June last, and had a beautiful relaxed dive on Menorca two weeks ago. Best news is that my significant half had her first dive ever over there… And loved it. I see beautiful time ahead. I had all my gear overhauled and tested, so I’m good to go. Btw also an S600 and mk20.. But still in excellent shape. I bought a mask with reading glasses and a new dive computer… Bring it on! 🙂

Bugman
Bugman
2 years ago

I don’t have a wetsuit, just diving with my swimsuit and rash guard. The water temp here in Southern California is 70:degrees and in Turks Caicos is going to be about 85 degrees. I just have to figure out how much more to add for salt water. I hear it’s between 4 and 7 pounds.

GB Sailing
GB Sailing
2 years ago

UNfortunately, you didn’t address the main reason many adults give up scuba diving once children are born – the COST of diving with a family. Ok so you mentioned the two companies that cater to families, but everywhere else in the world it is hugely expensive to take the family diving, not to mention the other problem – the age differential in the kids limiting the ability to dive. To buy gear packages for a whole family would cost over 20K here in Australia. To travel and dive is just as expensive as the cost of hire gear for a weekend for a family of 5 (two adults and 3 kids) would easily run to the tune of $700/DAY. Then you have the cost of the boat ride…another $100+ per person. Who can afford that? Cheaper to buy your own boat…and we all know how that ain’t cheap! Until someone is able to address this issue Most families will continue to be pushed away from the sport until they can afford their own costs…

weiniesail
weiniesail
2 years ago

where’s the chick in the thumbnail? 🙁

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  weiniesail
2 years ago

Still in the water I would imagine.

Bugman
Bugman
2 years ago

I last dove in 1975. My last dive was on the Kona Coast. My wife and I went out with a guide in a Boston Whaler. I recently contacted my diving certification agency and got a new card. I bought a new regulator, bc fins and dive computer, we didn’t have those back in the ‘70s. I watched you tube videos and went in my pool and figured out my proper weighting and practiced natural buoyancy in the deep end. Now I need to go in the ocean and figure hoe much weight I need for salt water. I’m going to Turks Caicos in September and plan on doing mostly 30 foot dives. I have always been relaxed in the water and have done a lot of snorkeling but have not scuba dived since 1975. I’m going to make a few dives locally before my trip. Raising a family and life in general did get in the way and now I’m ready to get into diving again.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Bugman
2 years ago

Good to see you getting back into it

GB Sailing
GB Sailing
Reply to  Bugman
2 years ago

HOW THICK IS YOU WETSUIT? If it is a 5mm all over add 3lbs to you weights. If it is a 7mm then add 6lbs. to dive in saltwater.

DTT
DTT
2 years ago

i’m 65 and started diving at 60 so i’m trying to squeeze as much diving as i can before it not becomes fun

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  DTT
2 years ago

Plenty of years left in you, mate

John Miles
John Miles
2 years ago

I got out diving for 15 years. I stopped due to moving from East Timor, work and family priorities. I just recertified in January 2021 and bought an all new kit. I have Scubapro s-600 regulator and a Cressi octo like Paul below I had them overhauled. I’m 63 now and my fiancée Mildred is 54 and is learning to dive, score 🙂 now I’ll never have to get a Insta-buddy again. Safe diving everyone!

Paul Shore
Paul Shore
2 years ago

I got out diving this past Wednesday for the first time in over 15 years. I stopped due to time constraints and other priorities. Just retired so I’ll have more time so I decided to get back into it. I think some of my gear would be considered antiques at this point but I was able to get all my regulators overhauled and tanks re-certified.

Daryl Flint
Daryl Flint
2 years ago

I learned to dive in the early 90’s and dived regularly until 2008 but since then a number of changes to my life happened, busy job with shifts, being a carer and moving to a different country. Now I am looking to getting back into diving.
Its a bit daunting looking at new kit (though my drysuit still fits), and re-skilling in a different language but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Ps thanks for these great videos, really inspiring and informative, happy diving.

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

We need more dive sites most of mine are over 4 hours away. Swimming pools are not diver friendly

GB Sailing
GB Sailing
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

Where do you live?

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

@GB Sailing I live right outside of Louisville KY Falling Rock Park is 45 min but it rough to get in no fills

GB Sailing
GB Sailing
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

@Ivory Johnson You could look into purchasing a 2nd hand Compressor…But 4 hours from the nearest dive site necessitates a move…BIG time!

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

@GB Sailing just paid off my dry suit got rebreather next so may be awhile lol

GB Sailing
GB Sailing
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
2 years ago

@Ivory Johnson you just bought a dry suit and a rebreather, even though you live four hours away from the dive site???!!!! Are you mad! If I was your wife I’d be!!! That’s what I call commitment.

Rob Harris
Rob Harris
4 months ago

I met my wife who was already a PADI rescue diver. She persuaded me to take the PADI Open Water course. This was the very reason you said. I did the 4 open water dives got certified and never dived again as I hated it. She couldn’t understand why. But I explained it is not for everybody.

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