Why Scuba Diving is So Good For Your Mental Health
The sport of scuba diving offers a variety of health and mental wellness benefits. Those who manage mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD have found that the sport of scuba diving offers them a lot of mental health benefits.
A great advantage in the sport is that individuals can achieve improvements in many health areas in a preventative fashion, without necessarily being at the extremes of health conditions or diseases.
A focus on slow, deep breathing is important in scuba diving to optimize air consumption and bottom time. Deep breathing meditation exercises promotes a calm attitude.
Being under water, in an alien environment can be a benefit. It offers a unique opportunity to focus on the present and practice mindfulness in being in the “here and now”. It’s also a great way to stay focused on your body, as you navigate through the water you hone the skills required orient your body in 3D space. You don’t want to bump into things because that can negatively impact the underwater flora or fauna. Staying in the moment, and the fact of being mindful and present is an important scuba skill to master.
People affected by mental health conditions often feel socially isolated and alone. This is one of the insidious effects of these conditions and diseases. Scuba diving is an especially social activity, as it is always done with a “buddy” — an instructor or dive master, or in groups. Scuba divers are a particularly open and welcoming community of like-minded people. This environment encourages communication and bonding with others.