What is it that you miss the most about diving?

The Deep Blue(s) of our Ocean

Diving is our calling.

 

It may be for various different reasons. The strong rush of depth, the thrill of seeing unusual creatures; or the complete opposite, like the liberating feeling of letting go and drifting along a current, swimming by colourful rocks along with beautiful fish. Might be the after-dive feeling of hot coffee, the wide smiles, the laughs and the conversation with new friends from every part of the world.

For me, it is the serenity of hovering completely still in the infinite blue. And the chance to give back to the ocean by doing my part for its conservation.

One would maybe think that something as vast as the ocean could hardly be influenced by any single diver. Truthfully, however, the two most severe problems our seas are facing nowadays, those of extensive pollution and endangered marine life, are both caused by human activities. It is therefore ourselves that can act against them. And they both call for immediate action.

Us divers can carry a unique role in this process as we have the opportunity of visiting the underwater world and closely observe the life so that we also have the chance to act in its favor. Our seas involve a beautiful, diverse yet fragile ecosystem which needs our help to preserve its life and beauty that we admire in our every dive! 

These days that we all have to stay away from the water for so long, let’s try to remember some of our favorite diving spots. The ones that made us look forward to our Sundays to get in the boat and jump in the water… how many times did we find them full of trash? A historical wreck, a colorful reef or the most familiar spots close to us? And how do we react to this sight –or do we not react at all, having become so accustomed to trash being everywhere?

These days that we are all under lockdown, I cannot help but think of how this time is an opportunity, as we are away from the water, to think of our habits once we get back in it; habits that would have an effect on our diving performance as well as the marine environment. Or should I dare say, habits that will make our dives better and our seas cleaner! The good news is that even though this may sound like an additional “to-do”, in fact it would definitely add some fun and goes hand-in-hand with all the little steps any diver would take in order to get better.

Judging purely from my personal experience, as soon as I realised how much I could achieve in this area, my dives completely changed! They gained a new side meaning since the simple act of collecting trash, for example -with plastic cups and bottles, straws, bags, fragments and garments being one of the most frequent ones I spot- can make even an average dive pretty interesting or keep me engaged even while diving at a spot that I have visited too many times. 

Being part of a community though that loves the sea as much as I do makes me want to convey my enthusiasm to more people, not just keep this to myself, hoping to inspire more of its members to do the same. And oh, I cannot begin to think how much of a difference we can make together since a few individuals are already achieving so much! 

Are we ready to start with it?

Author: Κaterina Kakavitsa