We are constantly told that we should take up the sport when we’re young, as your body’s tissues are tolerant to bumps and bruises that can affect our bodies when we take on an entirely new sport. This is certainly true to a certain degree.
Let’s take for instance my experiences with windsurfing. I began learning about the sport at age 26 years old. If I had to learn this sport today at 42, I’d not be able to do much and most likely give up after a couple of attempts. The process of learning to surf was like fighting all forces at the same at the same time! It’s about balancing over choppy waves with slippery boards that are wet while managing a sail that is heavier than your body in the right direction you wish to go.In the course of my learning I injected blood and even flesh from scratches on barnacles as well as bruises caused by hitting the surfboard several times before plunging into the ocean.
However, there is a significant difference between scuba diving. You are never too old to start learning SCUBA DIVING. I cannot say it enough. I started diving when I was 38. Although I’m not saying 38 is an old age, but your body may feel less strong and less durable. Additionally when we grow older and become more vulnerable, we tend to be more anxious. Maybe we think we’re more at risk in the event that something happens to us.
I would say that middle age and above shouldn’t be the only factor to consider when learning about Scuba diving however you need these things:
1.) an intense passion for the ocean
2.) an openness to study with someone who is younger than you.
3.) fairly healthy and, lastly, but extremely important
4.) Time and Money
Let me guess you’re thinking about getting into scuba diving as you’d like to make this something you take part in every weekend, If time and finances permit instead of just learning for the sake of education.
A deep love for the Sea
For a great Scuba diving experience you must be a lover of the sea, and I’m not just talking about love for it and all of its amazing creatures both small and large. You’ll know what I am talking about when you go during your first diving experience once you’ve passed the Open Water tests.
It is not likely that the scuba diving friends you meet during your first dive trip will be the same people who were classmates during your scuba diving class. Due to time and budget restrictions, you’ll discover that you’re the only one who’s keen enough to sign up for an scuba diving excursion immediately after you have earned the certificate.
Most of the time the dive group you are with are a group of divers who do at minimum 4 dives each day and another one at night. That means that during the dive typically, you’ll only dive, discuss the marine life and the experiences during each dive before taking off for your next dive. If you are looking to dive for a single day and then spend the day shopping or go to the mall, they may be disappointed since many of the best dive spots are lacking of these entertainment and shopping facilities.
If you’re stressing over this, don’t. Every newbie scuba diver experiences this. Keep the mindset of a beginner, be humble and you will see that the experienced divers are willing to share their tips and even assist you in preparing for diving.
An eagerness to learn from someone younger than you
The instructor you choose for your scuba dive is likely to be older than you. Some instructors are cocky and have an attitude. confident, so you might need to bear it for at least three weekends before becoming certified. The first weekend is to study and learn 2nd weekend for pool lessons and the 3rd weekend to take the actual tests in open water. Set aside your pride and be patient It will be worth it at the end of the day.
That said, it’s not to say there aren’t decent and caring diving instructors. I was blessed to have instruction from PC who was a very patient and patient person and without whom my diving learning experience wouldn’t have been so smooth and enjoyable.