How Scuba Diving Helps your New Year’s Resolutions


You probably don’t need many justifications or encouragement to plan a full year of diving trips, but just in case you need a few more reasons to feel good about a heavy diving schedule, consider this:

Scuba diving can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

From losing weight to losing anxiety, planning a drive trip or five can help you tackle some of the hardest life goals with very little effort.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a few popular resolutions to consider, and their undeniable link to scuba diving.

Lose Weight

Why go for a jog when you can go underwater? It’s estimated that the typical shore dive burns 600 calories an hour or so – the same amount as a moderate run – while a warm-water boat dive can burn around 300 calories an hour – the same as a sweat-inducing walk. Considering that a local dive club might just be comparable in cost to a top-notch gym, diet conscious divers can have all the rationalization they need to forego the running shoes, and just go dive more.

De-Stress Your Life

Is there anything more peaceful than being weightless under the water? It’s a serene world under the surface, and the steady breathing in and out, combined with the welcome silence during a dive, is similar to common meditation breathing techniques. As such, it’s no wonder that most divers, once submerged, feel surprisingly relaxed – a feeling that lingers well after the dive is over. Lessen your stress and increase your dive trips to keep that relaxed mindset throughout the year.

See the World

Everyone has that longstanding goal to get out and see the wonders of the world, and scuba divers are lucky in that they often get to travel to some of the most exotic places on earth – both above and below the surface. Make this the year to plan that exotic trip to Fiji, or Thailand, or Indonesia, or the Great Barrier Reef. Some of the top diving destinations around the globe just happen to be in some of the most beautiful countries, allowing divers to scratch countless landmarks and locales off their travel bucket list.

Help Others

Scuba diving and helping others are not opposing forces. In fact, divers will find plenty of opportunities on and offshore to do something good while enjoying the local acclaimed diving sites. On your next worldly trip, find ways to help out in the area on non-dive days, and feel good about taking a couple extra scuba diving trips around the world.

Need inspiration? The Sierra Club actually offers a number of “Volunteer Vacations” where divers can pitch in at some of the world’s top diving sites. We wrote an earlier post on how volunteering can save your sanity here, with some more ideas.

Spend More Time with Family and Friends

Benjamin Franklin once famously said that, “Guests, like fish, start to smell after three days,” but clearly, he was never on a liveaboard where, (and let’s be honest), everyone starts to smell after three days.

So essentially on these trips, you – and your guests – will fit right in.

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Did you make any diving-related New Year’s resolutions? Let us know!

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Scuba diving can help you keep your New Year's resolutions, such as help you lose weight, spend time with family or volunteer for a cause!

3 responses to “How Scuba Diving Helps your New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Alexander says:

    This is the exact motivation I need to get my wife to move somewhere we can dive more!

  2. A. Carpenter says:

    One of my resolutions was to invest more time into myself and pursuing my hobbies. Diving is definitely in that plan.

  3. Elaina says:

    Hmm…weightloss…I think I need to spend more time in the water to achieve my fitness goals. Good point on forgoing the gym membership for a local dive group.

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