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Why do we dive?



I posted a series of questions on my favourite, unapologetically uncensored Facebook page, Scuba Divers Uncensored, which has 35,000 members – all mostly dive shop owners, completely irreverent and as crude as hell.

It was a real revelation.

I asked why the members dived. All they had to do was pick a number.

1 Adrenalin Rush?            8 %

2 Love the Ocean             29% (a lot of them dive in quarries)

3 Social scene                    6%

4 Feel good                        4%

5 Just love diving              51% (many women chose this)

6 Other                                2%

These percentages speak for themselves. The answer was primarily love of diving and love of the ocean. Many expanded on these- they love the solitude, the silence, the lack of demands, and the freedom of personal space. They love to be part of the ocean, part of the movement to save the planet, part of the unity of divers with a common goal.

Photo Confetti Bay Mauritius Ian Haggerty

PADI advertises scuba diving as a means to Go Places, Meet People Have fun, and only 5% of these guys chose that as a reason for diving. So, it looks as though the social scene is not a big priority, yet many of our divers love it. The camaraderie, the snacks and drinks, the new connections- all good. But its more than that. Once you are a diver, you have seen and felt things other people can’t understand. The only people who do understand are other divers.

The anticipation of the sense of euphoria is my strongest reason to get out there despite the rough seas, cold days on land, early start- once you are in the water, the magic happens. We belong in the ocean, weightless and wet and warm and looking at beautiful things.

I have made a video exploring the reason why we dive, and it comes down to the feeling of excitement when you see a creature you have never seen. Or shot an event you have never watched before. Or watched as a terrified newbie slides down the rope into the ocean and first truly enjoys the magic. But it’s a deeply felt atavistic return to our primal roots.

So far as feeling good is concerned, I will never forget the guys I interviewed who dive for a living. All looking to be in their 30s, unlined, vital and vigorous. Yet Colin Ogden of Amory Diving (Nitrox breather) was in his 60s and looked around 45, Barry Coleman, 56 (dives on a rebreather) and looks 25. See:

I realized then that the beneficial effects of breathing oxygen under pressure is in fact virtually un researched. Many small beauty places sell an hour of breathing pure oxygen as a pick me up. There are plenty of rumours that ageing movie stars sleep in hyperbaric chambers. So clearly breathing oxygen under pressure has some benefits. As far as I’m concerned, under the ocean is the best place to be.

If you want to breathe oxygen under pressure, it helps to live on a tropical island, which is why I live in Mauritius – safe, virus free and plenty of clean air and of course plenty of Nitrox. Once you guys are free to travel it’s a great place to come.

  • Words: Jill Holloway
  • Copyright: Ocean Spirit
  • Images: Ian Haggerty

Jill Holloway lives in Mauritius and at Sodwana Bay Isimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. A PADI qualified Nitrox diver with over 1,500 dives, she is a passionate observer and preserver of the marine environment, and has a database of over 35,000 fish pics and hundreds of Gopro videos on fish behaviour, which she shares with her readers.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at:

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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7 Scuba Hacks In 3 Minutes Plus: Bonus Hack That Could Save You $400! (Watch Video)



I’ve wanted to make this video since the start of our channel! Here are 7 Scuba Diving hacks to make your life as a diver easier.

These are the kind of insider tips and tricks I love to share with you, my scuba diving subscribers! Thanks for making Divers Ready the strong and troll-free dive community that it is.

Today, we’re covering how to…

  • Fashion an emergency fin strap to save-a-dive 00:28
  • Get your dive slate shiny and new again 00:42
  • Disinfect/dry out swimmer’s ear 01:00
  • Defog your mask without harming coral 01:14
  • Organise your O-rings 01:25
  • Get urine smells out of wetsuits 01:43
  • Secure an Octo with a snorkel keeper 02:08

PLUS… Bonus Hack! How To…

  • Give a lost action camera a fighting chance of being recovered.

All of this in a 3 minute video! How much more value can I give you guys?!

Thanks for watching! James

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