As you enter the alien environment, you don't know where to look first. In every direction, your eyes meet impossibly brilliant colors and seemingly unearthly shapes. Stranger still, this riot of color is alive and surrounding you like a whirlwind, ever shifting and flowing, yet never touching you.
You feel like a true adventurer, like an explorer of old or the hero of some science fiction epic. Perhaps strangest of all, until recently you had no idea that this alien landscape existed, and could be found practically in your own backyard. This alien environment, with its strange creatures, is not on some far away planet, but right here, on planet Earth.
When we look at the vast expanse of water stretching to the horizon, we might have a tendency to think of it as a watery desert, vast, unchanging, but practically devoid of life. This couldn't be further from the truth. A better comparison might be a rainforest or jungle. Imagine flying over a jungle and seeing what looks like a solid green plain.
In the same way, the surface of the ocean conceals another world, a world much larger than our own. Over seventy percent of the world is covered with ocean. To put that in perspective, think about all the places on Earth that you've heard about but never visited, and then imagine that more than twice that land area is covered with water.
Do you like beautiful scenery? Does the sight of a jagged mountain range take your breath away? The ocean is not like a giant swimming pool; the bottom isn't flat, but just like dry land, contains hills, mountains, valleys, and even volcanoes.
Since the average depth of the world's oceans is more than 12,000 feet, with some places being much deeper, there are a lot of places to hide mountains.
For thousands of years, the world's oceans remained a mystery, with tales of great sea monsters fueling the dreams of many sailors. Now, this alien world is accessible even to the common man. Gradually, the mystery is disappearing, yet the wonder remains.
If you like swimming, or outdoor activities in general, you'll like scuba diving. If your idea of relaxation is going to a zoo or museum, you'll like scuba diving. If you like beautiful scenery and getting back to nature, you'll like scuba diving.
You might think of scuba diving as too physical an activity for your taste. While it's true that diving allows you to get as much exercise as you want, athleticism is not a requirement. With the proper assistance, often, even older people and those with physical disabilities can enjoy diving.
Yet, travel a few miles past the beach and a little ways down and you enter another world. Depending on where you are, you just might find a world as exotic and exciting as any jungle. So why not try scuba diving and become explorers in this alien environment?