To walk is human; to dive is divine.

Already in training . . . let's go!
Already in training . . . let’s go!

Three gospel truths about scuba diving

Or maybe three ways in which deep-water-diving might just be the most amazing thing you can do during your time here on earth.

Or perhaps . . .

I had a hard time choosing the title for this article. I wanted it to be part of our “3 Things” series, but I also wanted a title that would capture the profound love I have for exploring the ocean’s depths.

To boldly go below and above.
To boldly go below and above.

You see, about nine months ago I got my SSI diving certification through SeaBees Diving in Chalong, Phuket. It was something I had always dreamed of doing, and after a discover dive in Koh Phi Phi many years ago, I had determined that I had to go all the way and become a certified scuba diver. The certification was all I had dreamed it would be: great instruction, sunny days, and 5 dives in crystal clear water.

Basically I was in love with my newfound underwater paradise.

I may have gone overboard . . . get it? (DAD JOKE!)
I may have gone overboard . . . get it? (DAD JOKE!)

Sadly, Jenny was not able to share in my newfound passion, as she has a phobia of confining masks, but it is something she is working on. Currently she has overcome some of her fear, and has even snorkeled successfully on our last island trip. Before I understood her phobia, I would rattle on for hours and hours about why diving is such a life changing experience, and why she must, absolutely must, go diving. I even looked up articles on taking our three-year old daughter under the sea, but alas she has to be at least 8 years old before she can begin training… I am already counting down the days.

Without further ado, here are just three (I have lots more, trust me) reasons why I believe that scuba diving is one of the most heavenly things one can do while here on earth.

The land is but a small part...
Ocean on the left, Ocean on the right.
  1. You get to travel the waterways of the world:
    Traveling the earth is amazing. If you read this blog I have a feeling you might believe the same thing. And as much as we love hiking, biking, and driving, it only gets us so far. The earth is 71% water, and diving opens up all new waterways, and boat rides, and adventures above and below the ocean. If the road ever gets weary, I advise seeking out the oceans, lakes, and rivers and then getting beneath them.

    The water just calls your name. Fish below!
    The water just calls your name. Fish below!
  2. It’s better than an aquarium.
    Aquariums are amazing and I have rarely met anyone who doesn’t agree. The colors, the sounds, the fish, the animals, and the surreal feeling that you are viewing an alien world up close is astounding. But imagine stepping beyond the barrier, to become one with that colorful, vibrant world. I cannot begin to tell you just how awe-inspiring it is to have fish, turtles, eels, and even sharks swim around you and welcome you into their submarine world. Or to explore inside ghostly sunken ships, or to clamber between tunnels of rock and coral as the sun dips its rays through the blue depths. It is simply impossible to describe.

    This isn't flying, but at least the landing will be wet.
    This isn’t flying, but at least the landing will be wet.
  3. You get to fly!
    My favorite thing to say is that diving is like being on another planet, and being able to fly! As a child I would dream of flying all the time, but every morning I would wake and put my fantasy to the test. After every leap and eventual crash I would quickly realize that the dream would never be made real . . . until I dipped into the ocean that very first time. With nothing more than a deep breath, or an exhale of air, I could go up, and then down, hovering over the rocks like a superhero (I thought about wearing a cape, but I think that might be too much). The feeling of weightlessness is absolutely surreal.

Those are the three that I had to choose. I could have gone on about the friends you meet, or how much exercise you might get, or the skills you will build when you scuba dive. But I had to choose three, and I hope they are enough to entice you to dive at the earliest opportunity.

In coming posts I will present my favorite dive sites here in Phuket, and hopefully elsewhere in the world as we travel. I am planning a trip to the Similan Islands in the near future and can’t wait to share my underwater adventures with you.

Chad R. Mitchell

Question time: What is your favorite activity and why is it scuba diving? Where is your favorite place to dive and why is it Thailand? All joking aside how much do you love scuba diving and why is it so much? Okay, okay . . . tell us if you dive, and where! And if you don’t what is keeping you from it?

  13 comments for “To walk is human; to dive is divine.

  1. Lani
    January 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I haven’t tried it myself (says the girl from Hawaii), but everyone who I have met has raved about it. In fact, a couple of my friends went south (Thailand) to take in their new found passion. I’m sure it is magical and I’m sure it would be a wonderful way to get everyone on Planet Earth to realize the importance of saving our seas and this amazing world we live in.

    • chadrmitchell
      January 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Very true! I participated in a reef clean up and it was so sad to see the damage to the coral… Such a treasure must be well taken care of!

  2. freebutfun
    January 17, 2015 at 2:03 am

    The one thing I know I will never try: the risk of seeing fish is too big 😉

    • chadrmitchell
      January 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

      But they are so friendly… And only nibble a little. 😉

  3. Ai
    January 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I can imagine it would be so cool to explore the depths of the ocean, but I’m with Jenny on the phobia thing. I wish I could get over it. 🙂

    • chadrmitchell
      January 17, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Phobias are a tough thing… I’m working on getting over my fear of heights and it’s rough!

  4. Sue Slaght
    January 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Your passion for the sport oozes out of this post. I have not tried scuba diving as I have been worried about dealing with the motion sickness I have with snorkelling.

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    January 18, 2015 at 12:17 am

    One day will try this. For now we adore snorkeling. Grand Cayman has been favorite. I like being able to do it however and whenever I want. Kind of like running. Just grab your shoes and go. Just grab your mask and snorkel and go, forget fins. But although I am sure hockey is fun, it requires too much equipment. Not like running out my back door. So to snorkel is like running and convenient. To dive is more like hockey and requires extra stuff and planning. Later when kids are older, maybe they’ll talk me into it!

  6. thetattootourist
    January 18, 2015 at 12:31 am

    that sounds amazing! I have only ever snorkeled and I might have something in common with Jenny because the mask and breathing tube freaked me out a bit – but it was so wonderful. I can only imagine how much better it gets in the big deep blue!

  7. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    January 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Jenny – you have to get through that phobia! Although I must admit I have stopped at snorkelling myself, only because I haven’t got around to the other yet.

    Congrats on your new qualifications!

    • andthreetogo
      January 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Haha! I think one diver in the family is enough… Well at least until Z is old enough I guess. I definitely am planning on snorkeling again soon though.

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        January 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        Sounds like Z will likely follow! Snorkeling is always good, though.

  8. Jhanis
    January 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    The only thing I’ve done was snorkeling. I panicked when I saw how dark it was underneath and choked on water. Never again. Such a sissy!

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