For many people, just the mention of the word “scuba diving” arouses feelings of curiosity, trepidation, anticipation, fear, amazement, apprehension and excitement, to name just a few. I know you’ve heard the stories and watched the movies about all the things that can happen in the water – but let’s talk honestly – what you see on TV is significantly exaggerated from reality; in case you weren’t already aware. Here’s a fact – scuba diving is one of the safest recreational activities that humans can do – even safer than driving your car to work every day.
In the past, breathing underwater was something very few people in the world ever experienced due largely in part to the aura of danger that surrounded the activity; but with today’s modern recreational diving equipment nearly everyone can safely take the “plunge” into liquid space.
Koh Samui is one of the best (and safest) places in the world to begin your scuba diving adventure. The shallow ocean depths and warm, inviting waters offer ideal learning conditions for all beginners – aged 10 to 100. Certified courses are readily available to accommodate your holiday schedule, including private lessons to help maximize your safety, comfort level and enjoyment.
Slipping below the surface, you will experience the warm salty sea embrace your entire body as all terrestrial sounds change into the harmony of the sea. Submerged colors ceaselessly dance all around you, flickering as the sunlight dives through the waves rapidly losing its brilliance the deeper it penetrates.
As you begin to explore this wet new universe; gazing upon the beauty that lies just beneath the waves, you will feel the real world drifting away; leaving all your troubles and worries behind you. Before long you realize that you are surrounded by friendly tropical fish, casually moving in to get a better inspection of you, but always remaining just out of reach. A pair of Blue-Ringed Angel Fish silently welcome you to their world as they pass, turning slowly to reflect sunlight off their brilliant neon blue markings.
Soaring gracefully above the vivacious coral reefs, teeming with life, you may even find yourself feeling the world is suddenly closer to you than you than ever before. As you begin to discover more, what once seemed like random chaos becomes evident there is actually order and structure all around; The many schools of small reef fish that move as a single unit to try and distract predators; the cleaning station where different species of fish queue up to remove unwanted cargo, like parasites and dead scales; the protective anemone fish swimming tirelessly around its home chasing away would be intruders.
The experience of scuba diving for the first time in Thailand has changed many lives; opened new doors for people who never knew another world existed. It is not uncommon for people to quit their jobs and return to Thailand seeking to become professional scuba diving guides and instructors after only their first diving course. Looking for adventure and a career? What’s bubbling in your future?