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.
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!
I 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.)
This 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