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Scuba Diving Over 50
Post Last Modified – May 01, 2024 ¦ gr8traveltips.com

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Yes You Can Enjoy Scuba Diving Over 50 Years Of Age

Having returned from a fantastic holiday in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico a couple of seasons ago, I wasn’t the slightest concerned about …

🤿 Scuba Diving Over 50 🤿

and as a matter of fact, I was in my early 60’s at that time. 

Based on your overall {personal health and fitness} levels, there are a few things you should consider before taking the plunge.

Know Your Limits and Stay Within It

The Scuba Diving Craze Is Consuming Baby Boomers

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Recent surveys in the diving industry and according to the; Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Baby Boomers and retirees are just itching to go scuba diving!

It is also one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the; United Kingdom. It is estimated that 32% of all British divers are aged 45 or older and this seems to be the trend these days. Not just in the UK, but globally.

Well no wonder, what with over 78 million baby boomers in the United States and over 9 million in Canada alone, we are the future of recreational activity around the world. 🌎 In fact, many professional diving companies are now focusing on classes designed specifically for those of us well over 50’s, 60’s and beyond.



Know Your Limitations – Scuba Diving Over 50

Experienced Trained Diver

Experienced Scuba Diver Tulum Mexico

In my much younger days and living on the west coast of Canada in …

🌷 Victoria, British Columbia, 🌷

I used to deep water dive on the average of 2 to 3 times a week.

These days, I 🤿 scuba dive only while on vacation, which is just a couple of times a year and in nice warm tropical waters. So, knowing my limitations both with experience and physically, I choose my dives accordingly.

Before even considering diving for the first time or in your later years, I strongly recommend having approval from your ⚕ medical doctor, taking a professional diving course and becoming a 📰 certified diver.

Scuba Diving is like any other physical sport activity in that, there is always a certain amount of risk involved.

PADI Professional Dive Shop in Mexico

PADI Professional Dive Shop Mexico

🏎 Would you hop into a race car and drive over 200 miles an hour, without knowing what you were doing? ❓

🪂 Would you go skydiving solo without becoming well trained and experienced? ❓

✈ Would you hop into an airplane and try to fly it without proper training first? ❓

It’s just common sense!

Diving does come with its risks and especially if you’re not properly trained. On the other hand, it can be incredibly fun and safe, with very little chance of injury or death. This of course, if you are well trained and accompanied by professionals and other experienced divers.



Know Your Limits And Stay Within Them At Any Age

Diver in Distress

Inexperienced Scuba Diver Mexico

Here’s a classic example of a diver that did not stay within his limits, who accompanied us on 2 very easy reef dives in 🌅 Mexico.

I hate to use this as an example, but if not for our very experienced {dive instructor} accompanying us, this gentleman could have run into some serious problems. It was quite evident as soon as he was under the water, that he was definitely out of his comfort zone.

This, both physically and with his lack of diving experience and/or previous training.

Vintage Scuba Diving Flag

Vintage Scuba Diving Flag

Without going into great detail, this was considered a very easy 🐟 reef dive, with an average depth of 35 to 50 feet. This was the reason why I chose this type of boat dive, rather then that of a more deeper water or even cenote cave diving.

I knew my limits and stayed within them, even after having years of diving experience in my younger days.

This gentleman appeared confused and flustered, was floating to the surface quickly and dangerously on numerous occasions. He was having continuous problems with managing his equipment as well.

I could not help but think why he would choose to scuba dive, when the options of a fun 🤿 snorkeling excursion, would have been so much more enjoyable for him.

 Testimonials From Elder Divers

Having Fun on a Snorkeling Tour Boat in Mexico

Snorkeling Tour Boat Mexico

Below are just a few testimonials I’ve gathered from people well over 50 years of age, that do enjoy scuba diving as much as I do. Many continue to do so into their 70’s and beyond!

“I started diving last year, shortly after my 50th. I did check with my doctor first who had no concerns.”

“Hate to admit it but I’m a card carrying AARP member myself, and I out dive a lot of the youngsters in my dive club. The real question is your fitness level, medical history (you should talk to your doctor before engaging in any new strenuous activity) and comfort level in the water. If you have green lights in all three go for it!”

“I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, in fact I’m getting a few new certifications next month to move me up to the PADI Master Diver level.”

“There is a man in our area who certified the owner of my dive shop (she’s in her 50’s). He must be around 70! That is what I want to be doing when I am his age.”

“Older people may be at more risk for decompression illness due to a less efficient circulatory system, being out of shape or carrying excess body fat. You can always dive more conservatively, just to be safe. I don’t see any reason not to dive, unless you have health issues that would prevent it.”



So there you have it!

You can enjoy scuba diving as I do and well into your senior years. Take the necessary precautions I’ve suggested and get out there and have fun!

A very good resource for medical related dive questions is the; Divers Alert Network (DAN). They have a free searchable archive of information on all sorts of medical related questions.

Divers Alert Network logo

📭  Divers Alert Network

Health Benefits of Glutathione

One very important thing we do to maintain our overall health & wellness especially when traveling, is we take a daily Probiotic, as well as a health supplement we’ve been taking for years now. It is an {All Natural Glutathione Supplement}. One that absorbs at a Cellular Level.

If you are interested in learning more about {Glutathione} and its health benefits, be sure to check out my article here on


🌺 Glutathione For Max Health 🌺

and my additional posts on this subject.

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😎 Safe and Healthy Travels! 😎

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