The Sea of Cortez was named by the famous Jacques Cousteau as “The aquarium of the world” and its entrance is in Loreto. With 206,000 hectares of sea, the national park Bahía de Loreto has been a protected area for more than 20 years and has more than 50 dive sites. In the following text we give you 10 Reasons why you should start the activity of diving and why not in Loreto!
Breathing underwater and discovering the treasures hidden by underwater depth can be two insuperable reasons to spend a magnificent vacation, although knowing the benefits of this sport – which can be practiced even in a swimming pool – adds even more reasons to put it into practice.
In an interview with Infobae, Damián Giuliano – an instructor with more than 15 years of experience and training in diving medicine – revealed the physical and mental benefits of diving for health.
It is ideal to combat stress
If we take concentration during breathing as the main source of meditation, diving is an excellent activity to relax the senses and overcome anxieties. Under the water, the person comes into direct contact with the environment and isolates himself from distractions, to the point of listening only to the sound of his own breathing. Control it, become aware of it, listen to it through the respirator and see it reflected in the bubbles that emerge to the surface, are the main benefits to reduce stress. In many cases, those who learn to dive arrive on the recommendation of a health professional, and although at first they may not dare to do dives, they can start with basic breathing exercises until they are encouraged to dive. All these exercises that make up diving lead to relieve disorders of hyperactivity and anxiety.
Beneficial for self-esteem
On the road to self-improvement, diving presents the challenge of crossing a barrier and overcoming a before and after in each person’s life. From the first immersion in open waters, changes in self-esteem occur and confidence increases. That is why diving is considered a sport with emotional benefits, to which new experiences and breaking with the daily routine are added.
Explore the environment and its wealth not modified by man
See the other half of the world is an advantage out of the ordinary, since it is nature in a pure state and constant movement. Besides witnessing flora and fauna of incredible variety, there is no equal point to the other: diving makes it possible to dive a thousand times in the same place and always find something different. This attribute makes it an excellent option to relax the mind and optimize the focus and concentration we commit to each task.
It is easier and safer to perform than you think
On the contrary to what is often assumed, diving is a simple and safe sport. It is not necessary to know how to swim, since it is enough not to be afraid of water. With the necessary precautionary measures and adequate training, the activity becomes very safe. In the initial dives there is always an instructor who controls the practice, to relax and enjoy to the fullest. To do it, you do not need a developed swimming style, you just need to float and move.
Improve social life and in human relationships
Diving is recommended to strengthen human bonds: one of the safety rules of this activity is that it is always carried out in pairs. Therefore, it is necessary to trust in the partner we choose, since he is the one who will help us with our team and who will collaborate in case of an unexpected situation. In addition, the dives are carried out in groups, both in practices and trips, and in meetings organized for the common purpose of diving and exploring the aquatic depths. It is advisable to carry out this activity to reinforce interpersonal relationships, generate a greater degree of camaraderie and learn to share.
Emotional and intimate benefits
Specialists recommend diving as a sport to practice as a couple. Thus, both people spend more time together and establish new bonds of trust that emerge from the preparations for each immersion, focused attention on self and partner care. It is an ideal therapy to overcome communication barriers since a language based on gestures is used and, beyond visual contact, it is very important to maintain a “dialogue” fluid under water
Overcome the limits
You do not need to be strong or a great athlete to practice diving. People with different degrees of disability can also access the underwater world through adapted diving.
Being a water sport, diving is recommended to strengthen muscles because water offers a natural resistance, so the human body comes into movement and is toned in an integral way.
Coordination and psychomotor skills
Diving is an experience that develops the psychomotor skill and spatial orientation of each human being. This is because it works both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, being constantly floating, requires maintaining body balance.
It is suitable for all ages
Unlike other disciplines recommended by therapists and health specialists, diving can be done from age 12 onwards and without age limits. The important thing is to have desire, to relax and to be encouraged to enjoy its benefits. In addition, it is more economical than estimated, since once the course is completed, certification is obtained that does not expire and it is not necessary to buy any equipment to practice it, since they are rented according to the requirements of each place.