Health Benefits of Scuba Diving
In the past, many of the health benefits of scuba diving were anecdotal, described by the practitioners who love the sport; however, thousands of people can’t be wrong when they say they “feel better” after a dive in the deep blue sea. There are numerous ways that scuba diving will help improve physical, mental, and social health. In addition to this, new research from the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation has confirmed the therapeutic effects and benefits of scuba diving. Read on to discover the health benefits of scuba diving.
The Physical Fitness of Scuba
Scuba diving is known to promote the strength and flexibility of muscles; the power of the water currents encourages strong swimming skills and endurance. Since you’ll be carrying heavy gear – both in and out of the water – you’ll experience a healthy full-body workout that will certainly improve your overall physical fitness. If you want to improve your swimming skills, there is nothing like scuba diving to help get the blood flowing.
Mental Health and Scuba
The mental health benefits of being near or on the ocean go back quite some time. In fact, the Greek Physician Hippocrates coined the term “thalassotherapy”, which referred to the relaxing buzz that the seaside provided his patients. The warmth of the sun promotes relaxation and the sun’s rays help your body produce vitamin D, a substance known to promote the health of teeth, bones, the nervous system, the brain, insulin levels, lungs, and cardiovascular health (among other things). A healthy body will help promote a healthy mind.
The rhythm of the ocean’s waves are also said to help produce a meditative state, which can aid in relaxation, stress/anxiety reduction, and happiness. It has also been noted that the ocean’s saltwater can help preserve healthy levels of tryptamine, melatonin, and serotonin in the brain: all of these substances help stave off depression and increase your quality of life.
Physical Health and Scuba
There are many studies that prove the health benefits of spending time in the ocean; since seawater is full of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, seawater can have an antibiotic and anti-bacterial effect on the human body. Exposure to seawater can help improve your immune system and help fight off unnecessary infection. In addition to this, warm seawater encourages the body’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms, which can help ward off common aches and pains, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, and other diseases that can be caused by chronic inflammation.
Another benefit of scuba diving? You breath in the ocean air, which is full of negative ions: these ions help accelerate the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. If you scuba dive regularly, this can have profoundly positive effects on the body. Since you’ll be breathing deeply once you’re in the water, this can optimize air consumption, increase your overall lung capacity, and lower your blood pressure.
Many scientists claim that the potassium chloride and magnesium in ocean water can help hydrate the skin, improve its elasticity, and improve the overall appearance of your skin. The light from the sun, as previously stated, also aids in the body’s production of vitamin D, which is vital for your overall physical health.
Social Health and Scuba
Many scuba divers enjoy the social comradery of linking-up with like-minded divers that share a common love of scuba diving. Many people that scuba dive also share many other common interests, such as an appreciation for other watersports, marine life, marine conservation, and fitness. Some of the best friends we have made over the years have been fellow scuba divers, as there is nothing like the common bond that is shared when you are someone’s dive buddy. Feeling like a part of a community can help build long lasting relationships, empowerment, and equality.
As you become a better scuba diver, you’ll become more confident in your abilities and skills in the water; confidence in one area of your life can often have a carry-over effect towards other areas of your life. As you grow as a scuba diver, we can guarantee that you’ll grow as a person as well. This, in turn, can lead to an increased sense of self-esteem, inner confidence, and competency.
Therapeutic Effects of Scuba Diving
Now, about the study that we mentioned: The Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation conducted a study on the suspected therapeutic health benefits of scuba diving by following a group of military veterans who experienced life-changing physical and mental injuries. 15 male veterans were paired up with Deptherapy, a charity that provides scuba diving qualifications, theory, and scuba diving experience to ex-military personnel.
By using measures of past and current functional ability and well-being mental markers, researchers noted a decrease in the amount of anxiety, insomnia, and depression that the participants were experiencing. The researchers also noted an improvement in social functioning in veterans who were having a hard time readjusting to civilian life. The majority of the veterans who were experiencing symptoms of PTSD and chronic psychological adjustment disorder noted improvements in mental health and reported feeling better as well.
Scuba Diving Catalina Island
If you are looking to reap all the positive health benefits of scuba diving, take a visit to Ron Moore’s Dive Catalina on sunny Catalina Island! We specialize in all types of diving courses, and offer guided snorkeling tours, boat trips, and scuba diving trips. To reserve a dive, click here or give us a call at (310) 510-3175.