Personally, I’m absolutely, paralyzingly afraid of the ocean.
There are so many weird creatures hiding out in there. Sharks with rows and rows of shedding razor teeth. Giant squids. Killer whales, which hunt in packs, and could definitely hunt and kill people if they ever decided they wanted to. To add to that, there’s the fact that we haven’t even discovered all the creatures down there yet. Or maybe something that we thought was extinct is somehow still alive, and just waiting to munch on my legs like they’re hot dogs.
I’m looking at you, Megalodon.
I would much rather be having a swimming just after a pool cleaning in my own watering hole where it’s safe and sound. But there is only so much you can do in a swimming pool right? There is a lot going on in the ocean, and so many adventures await.
Reading all of this, you wouldn’t think that scuba diving is one of my passions. Throughout my whole life, people always likely thought that ocean swimming was something that I was going to steer clear from, I’m now advocating for everyone to do it too!
Why, you ask?
Because I’m a nut job? Maybe. But what intrigues me, besides the fact that my aunt’s photos from scuba diving are gorgeous, is the aspect of facing your biggest fear.
Most of the time, the sea life really doesn’t care about you.
Terrified of sharks, like I am? Like, debilitatingly terrified? Don’t worry. Do you know how many people are actually attacked and killed by sharks a year? Really not very many. Usually, worldwide, it’s about 8 to 12. And if you’re scuba diving with a group, in controlled conditions, with an experienced guide? The chances are even less, so why are you worrying that some rogue shark is going to go out of its way to make you its lunch?
Bottom line: as long as you don’t harass any ocean life, or disturb it in some way, or touch something you aren’t supposed to, you’ll be fine. Don’t go touching things if you don’t know what they are, people. Especially ocean things. I’m shuddering just thinking about it.
You (hopefully) have an instructor who knows this stuff.
The instructors get paid for a living for practically the sole purpose of keeping everyone diving with them safe, which is always priority number one. Instructors must be accredited and you can always check up who are the top rated diving instructors who are known to keep everyone safe.
How are you going to become like Batman if you don’t face what you’re afraid of?
Hear me out. You know what Batman was super afraid of? Bats. And what did he do? He became his fear and conquered it. He dressed himself like the thing he was most terrified of and harnessed that power to kick some booty. I’m not saying dress as a shark while scuba diving, but I’m not saying don’t do that either. That might actually be pretty hilarious.
Nobody steal that idea from me, please. Okay? Okay.
Here’s the thing. People do this all the time. And if you treat scuba diving like it deserves to be done safely (which it does), you’ll be okay. I realize this is coming from someone who shivers at the idea of even slightly touching a fish, but believe me. If I can do it, so can you.