5 Reasons for Going Local Diving

5 Reasons for Going Local Diving


Traveling locally to go scuba diving, right next to your doorstep or regionally, can be a great idea to try solo travel at the beginning as you may feel safer not going too far from home. Beyond the risk of feeling homesick on the other side of the world, one of the negative things of traveling alone, local diving has many other advantages, especially through the complicated period we are all enduring. Here are 5 good reasons why I love diving locally, only a few hours away by train or by car.

Avoid no diving days

A great advantage of traveling regionally and not overseas is reaching your next dive site by land transportation, whether with your car or by high-speed train. For the time of the weekend, it means you don’t need to wait 24 hours before flying, you can dive both days!


Go diving all year round

If you feel that your single or two dive trip per year is far from being enough to feed your underwater wanderlust, it’s time to think about diving locally. I know some of you will say they can only survive in warm waters, but if being underwater is the solution to all your problems, you will find the strength and money to become a certified dry suit diver.

Can you imagine the difference it would make to go diving every weekend or let’s say even every month to start with?

You might be surprised by doing little research online on places you can go scuba diving within 2 or 3 hours of travel by car or by train. If you live near a coastal area, it will sound easier, but even land-locked scuba divers can find suitable lakes, quarries, caves, or even special deep indoor pools in their vicinity.

Be surprised by cold-water marine life

Do you still think there is nothing to see in colder waters? Then try to imagine what an encounter with a basking shark, the second largest fish in the world, or playful grey seals may feel like. Even if you are into macro critters, do you know there are colorful sea slug species in any water temperature all over the world?

To make the most of it, make sure to invest in a good diving light. With less sunlight, it’s indeed harder to see the colors underwater than it is in tropical waters. People are generally shocked when I show them all the colors I could find underwater in Europe, such as the bright orange of sponges or anemones, or the deep red and purple of a starfish or gorgonians!

Even for those who dive in the freshwater of a lake or a quarry, be patient and you may soon know how to find frogs or pikes in this new underwater ecosystem.

Dive for less with shore diving

Often by getting in touch with the local diving community, you may learn about shore diving opportunities in your area. These are usually insiders’ tips so don’t give up too quickly if you cannot find information easily online. Get in touch with people you see diving in your area on social media, introduce yourself and kindly ask if you can meet up. 

For only the cost of a tank rental (if you have your equipment) or an air refill (if you even invested in your tank), you can go diving as much as you like on a budget and at the time you like (if the location is not tide and/or weather dependent).


Make long-lasting friendships with your dive buddies

last and not least, by going to the top dive sites in the world you are more than likely to meet like-minded dive buddies, the issue is, once everyone’s back home in his corner of the world, it’s harder to keep in touch, even if you manage to meet-up somewhere else the following year.

The easiest to keep in touch with your favorite dive buddies is by going diving locally. By joining a local diving Facebook group or a local club, you will have more opportunities to scuba dive and hang out with fellow scuba divers regularly.


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