LET’S GET PHYSICAL 2! THINGS TO WITH YOUR PARTNER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY – SCUBA DIVING
As we know, working out increases endorphins in your body, raises your serotonin levels and makes your sex drive soar…but stress does the complete opposite! So what can you do with your partner to de-stress? Sally Kettle has suggests turning up the romance, donning a skin-tight wetsuit and getting wet with scuba diving.
Sally knows a thing or two about the sea but she would usually be found on it not in it! She was the the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West! You can find her tweeting at @sallykettle
Why scuba diving, Sally?
I learnt with my husband, and it was a beautiful bonding experience. When you dive you have to follow the ‘buddy’ system – so you get together in pairs and look after each other in the water. You also help each other prepare for the dive and check each others equipment. When you’re under the water it’s your responsibility to make sure your buddy is safe and well. As a couple it was almost an aphrodisiac! Focus fully on your partner whilst in skintight wetsuits… what can say?!
What are the benefits?
As for the benefits, well you’re not going to build any muscles scuba diving, but it’s great for relaxation and mindfulness. You have to concentrate on the breath whilst being in the moment. It can be a euphoric experience whether you see fancy fish or not. I really enjoyed the opportunity to move freely through the water. My body was able to do things I’m not able to do on land, like somersaults and back flips!
How should you go about learning to scuba dive?
To be able to Scuba dive you’ll have to take some lessons and qualify with an accredited Scuba training company – PADI is internationally recognised but there are others available. You can find training centres all over the country. A quick search online will help you locate one near you. If learning in the UK sounds a little too chilly, you can travel to warmer climes and take lessons whilst on holiday.
Like any formal accreditation, PADI requires you to keep up-to-date with your Scuba practise to maintain your qualification. It sounds complicated, but it isn’t. It’s just a case of doing a dive every six months, and there are dive locations all over the UK.