Do you like to inject more fun and adventure into your holiday? Do you like to break away from your usual weekend pleasures of dining out and going out to pubs? Then why not pick up diving as a hobby? Imagine how awesome it would be to see ocean life up close, discover new marine wonders, while getting some exercise. If you’re interested to go on an undersea adventure, make sure to have the following necessities first:

1. Physical Training

Condition your body for whatever circumstances you may face while in the waters. Remember, you may be diving in the open seas, water forms under caves or in freshwater diving sites. Discovering those natural wonders requires you to swim long distances and dive deep depths so you have to develop a strong physique. You may need to have a consistent workout routine to boost your endurance. Eat healthily and have enough sleep. You might also like to take in food supplements such as protein powder and vitamins to build and strengthen your muscles. Doing the following cross-training exercise can also help:

  • jogging to improve cardiovascular functions, as well as to strengthen your feet and leg muscles
  • ballet or yoga to boost your flexibility and core control

2. Social Support

Surround yourself with like-minded people. Join a diver’s club. Remember, the best reward that you can get from joining clubs is having the opportunity to visit dive sites with a group. More importantly, you will learn the basics and safety protocols of diving. If you happen to be here in Thailand, you can join the Phuket Scuba Club to visit the underwater marvels of this country, especially in Racha Yai, Koh Doc Mai, Anemone Reef, Sharkpoint and Racha Noi.

3. Gear and Equipment

Equipping yourself with the right equipment and gear is a must so you can enjoy the underwater world with safety. Know the tools you need for a safe dive before going on your first underwater adventure. Amongst the essentials you should have are the following:

  • Snorkel
  • Dive mask
  • Depth Gauge/SPG
  • Power Inflator/BC
  • Dive Computer
  • Octopus/Regulator
  • Wetsuit
  • Scuba Fins
  • Accessories (e.g. dive knife, dive case, dive lights)

Afterthoughts

Remember, picking up diving as a hobby will allow you to witness life in the depths of the seas—with vibrant coloured fish, anemones and coral reefs. So if you’re now ready for a deep-sea swim, stock up on that healthy food and protein powder, get in shape, sign up for training, get the right gear and get ready to discover one of the best hobbies!

Here are other interesting topics:

  • Which Water Sports to Enjoy
  • Your Quintessential Guide to Happy Solo Trips
  • A Scuba Diving Club

Passion or Career? Do You Really Have to Choose?

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honour your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Whenever you hear about people who have become successful in their careers because they pursued their passion, do you wish you could be like them? Then what’s stopping you? If it’s just because you aren’t sure if your passion can give you a stable job, then think twice. Here are some common passions and ideas on how they can become a career.

1. Fitness Buff

Do you…

…sit at your desk in your 8-5 job do you wish that you were working up a sweat at the gym instead of just staying idle in your chair for several hours a day?

…want to motivate your co-workers and more people to take better care of their health and to become fitter?

…think new exercise routines and techniques are more exciting than paperwork and desk jobs?

Then the career for you is…

…a professional trainer.

How to pursue this career:

– equip yourself with the skills and knowledge of teaching proper fitness by enrolling in personal training courses at a reputable institution in Phuket or your locality. Having the training and certifications can deepen your knowledge and boost your credentials.

– be updated on the latest techniques and practices in fitness training, diet and nutrition, and health technology. There are so many exercise and eating trends today so you need to be flexible to cater to different clients.

– learn how to manage and motivate different personality types. Remember that you are working with people who require various levels of patience, have different health or fitness issues and goals, and need to be motivated uniquely.

2. Ocean Lover

Do you…

…wish to explore the flora and fauna under the sea and have a deep respect for all creatures living under or around the water?

…experience a sense of peace and joy when you are in the ocean?

…feel saddened or worried when you hear stories of oil spills, unexplained washing up of sea animals on shores, and the growing concern for global warming and pollution?

Then the career for you is…

…an ocean conservationist.

How to pursue this career:

  • learn how to dive. If you want to explore the depths of the sea and meet the creatures of the ocean up close and personal then you’re going to have to put on your scuba gear.
  • get a degree in marine biology. But if you don’t have the resources then sign up for short training courses. Volunteer for oil spill and beach clean ups, become a member of conservation groups, or apply for a non-government organisation that specialises in saving the seas.

3. Sports Fan

Do you…

…dream of working with professional athletes?

…spend your free time watching games of your favourite sports star or team, analyse plays and make predictions about the wins and losses?

…closely follow the progress of players and teams in your favourite sport?

…have the competitiveness and determination of an athlete?

…work hard to be healthy and fit by exercising like a professional player and by engaging in your fave sport?

Then the career for you is…

…a sports coach or team manager.

How to pursue this career:

  • organise local sports groups and join competitions in your community. Even if they aren’t professional teams and you most likely won’t earn anything as the coach, you will gain experience and credibility especially if your players win games.
  • ask schools in your locality if they are in need of a coach or team manager and apply for the position.
  • sign up for Brisbane personal training courses so you have the knowledge and skills to mentor and plan programmes for athletes. Sports players need to maintain optimum health and fitness and it will be your job to make sure they stay on track.

Does your passion fit into any of these career options? If it doesn’t, then continue looking for a job that will allow you to do what you love and earn at the same time. The point here is with good planning and determination, you can honour your calling and still be successful. Do what you love and love what you do.