Scuba Diving – The Best Kind of Therapy

Instructor Shorey
Instructor Shorey


In a world where it can be challenging to find clarity and substance; and self-growth is often overlooked, we are  
given extraordinary opportunities as divers to learn more about ourselves. It does not matter if you are a seasoned recreational scuba diver, a dive professional, or beginning an open water class next week. The fact is both diving and the ocean have an impressive ability to be therapeutic, lend lessons, and heighten self-awareness about all aspects of ourselves in life. Surprisingly enough we may not even realize it.

Diving the clear blue waters!

Among the diverse dive community throughout the world, we have a commonality, a desire to examine the underwater world. It is easy to forget how crucial the ocean is in our everyday lives; it provides a significant source of protein to many worldwide and supplies half of our breathable air. As we humor our curiosities through exploration of the deep, we are granted moments to receive powerful information, not just about the ocean, or the amazing world of diving, but about ourselves. Many of these findings have absolutely nothing to do with diving, rather are manifested through diving processes and the water; from planning that may take months, prepping gear, dive execution, or simply meditating underwater enjoying beautiful Molasses Reef here in Key Largo. As we learn to control ourselves in the ocean, control our equipment, and become more experienced divers, we gain confidence.

This enables us to expand personally, enjoy our dive experiences,
gain a higher sense of appreciation, and last but not least- HAVE FUN!

Trumpet Fish on the wreck of the benwoodDiving is fun!Sea Fan Molasses ReefI have encountered much of this in my experiences diving at all levels. Most of the time well after a dive- weeks, months, or even years! I know that these experiences have helped me mold who I am, in everyday life. And there’s no need to search, I feel like it just happens. On the contrary, I feel that many potential self-awareness opportunities have gone right over my head! And there is nothing wrong with that! Most often it is welcoming to take a break from our lives, take in the ocean, and just dive; which is therapeutic in and of itself. Not everyone has a desire to tap into their consciousness. I truly believe people grow when they want it.  (Here’s a great article that explores scuba diving as Therapy.)

Schooling Spadefish off key LargoThis post is simply a reminder that a higher level to diving exists beyond advancing in certifications, mastering skills, getting the latest and greatest equipment, or knowing all the hot tips and tricks. But remember, all of those examples are what potentially catalyzes further awareness. I encourage all future and current divers to come join us for some beautiful diving, lots of fun, and gorgeous weather here in Key Largo. Escape to paradise to take a break and clear your head of the daily stressors on land. And if you choose, tap into yourself, through enrichment and discovery.


“Sometimes all we need is a solid break from our everyday lives to consciously focus 
on our personal development.”

Sea Dwellers Dive Center Instructor Shorey Condon

10 Tips to becoming a Better Scuba Diver!


We all want to be good at what we do, especially when it’s doing something that we love!  Scuba Diving is a passion for many, and we see this passion everyday in the divers we take out to the reef here in Key Largo.  We meet many wonderful people from all over the globe diving Key Largo with us. Many are experienced divers, some not.  Usually the more we do something, the better we are at it.  This holds true for the most part for scuba diving, but not always.  We come across some that have a good number of dives in their log book, but you wouldn’t necessarily know this from the way they act while diving with us. We understand mind you, that not everyone lives close to great dive sites, or any dive sites at all and therefore it’s tougher to gain experience. So this is not criticism, just a fun way to give you our thoughts about scuba diving based on all the divers we bring out to the dive sites of Key Largo every year.

Improve Your Scuba Diving Skills Now!

We’ve put this infographic together using input from our staff here at Sea Dwellers Dive Center. These tips are compiled based on what we see on our boats here while diving Key Largo. We wanted to give you some things to think about, and tried to not stick to the same old tips you’ve seen before. Hopefully you will find it interesting, helpful and fun! There are many articles on this same discussion, here is one we like if you want some more info on this!

 

Become a better Scuba Diver!

10 Things Every Scuba Diver Needs to Know!

10 THINGS A DIVER SHOULD KNOW:

Here at Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo, we know how we feel about scuba diving!  You could say we kind of like it…a lot actually, and we’re going to assume you more or less feel the same way.  So we are all scuba divers, we love the underwater world, we love the marine life, corals, beautiful blue water…all the things that go with our sport. There are different skill levels, depending on how much diving we’ve done, what training we’ve received, etc. But there are some “universal truths” for scuba diving that we all can appreciate and hopefully follow. These were supplied to us from Dive.in, a great site I hope you check it out!

Here in Key Largo, Florida Keys, the diving is known to be some of the best in North America, for various reasons like abundant marine life, temperate conditions, island life, etc.  Certainly the points listed below can help maximize your Key Largo scuba diving experience while at the same time helping to preserve it for future generations!

Good things for scuba diving!

  1. Don’t touch: Even if it feels tempting to touch the turtle’s back or the corals. Don’t. You have no idea how big damage you can cause
  1. Buoyancy skills: This is one of the most important skills a diver can master. Breathe in to go up, out to go down. Only use the BCD to compensate for depth changes.
    If you want to master your buoyancy all you have to do is practice and practice on very dive.
  1. Watch your fins: If you don’t have control of your fins, you have no idea what they are breaking or who you are kicking in the face. If you hit something: Stop, look and if necessary take a stroke with the hands.
    It’s all about your finning techniques and knowing where you are in the water. Proper Buoyancy
  1. Watch your air: Stating the obvious. Still remember to monitor your air, as often as you can.
    Managing your air is never a waste of time, in the long run you’ll get more dive time.
  1. Never exceed your limits: Even if there the best reason to goo that deep or do that dive. Don’t ever exceed what you feel you can dive, or what you are trained to dive.
    The only thing that can really result form this is DCI. This is the extreme, I know, but is it really worth risking, just to get a bit deeper. And if it’s that cool down there, why not get the proper training for that depth?
  1. Don’t follow peer pressure: This goes with point 5, don’t dive if you are not confident it’s the right dive plan for YOU. Don’t let anyone else say what is right for you. Always hold the right to call a dive.
  1. Keep blowing bubbles: It’s the most important rule in scuba diving, so by now you should already know it. There are plenty of other ways to extend your dive time, so don’t waste time holding your breath. It doesn’t give you more dive time and it can be very dangerous.
  1. Dive gear: take care of your dive gear, and your gear will take care of you. Don’t slack on the dive equipment maintains. If it has been a while since your last equipment checkup, now’s the time!
  1. Listen to the briefing: There’s nothing worse than a diver who didn’t pay attention to the dive guides briefing, and ends up getting lost or spoiling the dive, because he didn’t know what to do. So just pay attention.
  1. Don’t touch: Yes we covered this already, but I don’t mind repeating. Don’t touching anything underwater. Take only pictures leave only bubbles.
    It’s really that important that I had to mention it twice. If all divers keep touching just one thing a dive, we’ll end up having nothing left.

Thanks again to Dive.in for this cool and useful article!

Your Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo Staff!