Getting Your Partner Interested in Scuba Diving

If you are an avid diver, getting your partner interested too can be an exciting endeavor. Here are some tips to help spark their interest, especially if they have some reservations about hitting the water.

Highlight the Adventure

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The sense of adventure and exploration that comes with scuba diving is like nothing on land and if your partner is adventurous, they will need to get under the water to see for themself. The unique animals and landscapes are unmissable for those that like new experiences. The ocean covers 71% of our incredible planet, so how can you call yourself an adventurous person if you are discounting it?

Share Your Passion

When you express your own enthusiasm for scuba diving your partner is sure to want to see what you have seen. Share your personal experiences, stories, and the joy you feel when diving. Passion can be contagious, and seeing your excitement may inspire them to give it a try.

Start with Snorkeling

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If your partner is not comfortable with the idea of scuba diving, start with snorkeling. This allows them to get used to being in the water and experiencing the underwater environment without the additional equipment and depth. Many people that start with snorkeling want to explore deeper and end up getting dive certified.

Watch Inspiring Videos

Show your partner videos or documentaries that highlight the beauty and wonder of underwater ecosystems. Visuals can be powerful in conveying the appeal of scuba diving. If you have videos and photos from your own dives, it’s even better!

Address Concerns

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Many people have specific concerns or fear about scuba diving. It’s a good idea to find out if your partner has any before you press the issue of diving. Addressing and alleviating these concerns can help build confidence and interest.

Take an Introductory Course Together

Enroll in a scuba diving introductory course together even if you already have your certification. Many dive centers offer courses specifically designed for beginners. This shared experience can make it more enjoyable and less intimidating for your partner.

Emphasize Safety

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If safety is a bit of a fear, you can highlight the safety measures and training involved in scuba diving. Knowing that there are proper procedures in place and that instructors prioritize safety can help ease any anxieties. You can help your partner to learn about these safety procedures even before they take a course.

Connect with a Diving Community

If you are a diver, you probably know others that are passionate about scuba diving too. Introducing your partner to some of your community can provide a supportive environment where your partner can learn from others and feel more encouraged to try it themselves.

Plan a Dive Vacation

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Here’s the really fun part. Plan vacation to a beautiful diving destination. Knowing that they’ll have the opportunity to explore stunning underwater landscapes might be a motivating factor for your partner to learn scuba diving or book a course while you are away together.

Be Patient and Supportive

It’s really important to understand that scuba diving might not be for everyone. Being patient, supportive and encouraging without pressuring your partner is key. Let them come to the decision to try scuba diving at their own pace.

By sharing your passion, addressing concerns, and creating a supportive environment, you increase the likelihood of getting your partner interested in scuba diving. And in the case that they really don’t want to give it a go or find it isn’t for them, there are still plenty of places you can go where you will both be happy.

Have you ever got a partner or friend into diving? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

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