Want To Go Scuba-Diving? These Marine Sanctuaries Are Offering Virtual Dives RN

Suruchi Patwary , 08 Jul 2020
Female scuba diver swimming under water By Sergiy Zavgorodny | www.shutterstock.com
Female scuba diver swimming under water By Sergiy Zavgorodny | www.shutterstock.com

I always found scuba diving extremely fascinating. I remember my dad telling us stories about how he went scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He still counts it as one of his best life experiences. But sadly, I am terrified of the oceans and seas. I didn’t even learn swimming, let alone have the courage to go scuba-diving! So, I thought I’ll just never get to experience what my dad experienced. But not anymore!

Virtual scuba dives are a thing now and I am all for it. The National Marine Sanctuaries are now allowing virtual dives that’ll let us explore the depths of the oceans, swim with a school of fishes, or check out a shipwreck underwater! You don’t need to be a certified diver or have a wetsuit—all you need is a phone or computer and you’re good to go. Also, if you do have virtual reality goggles then the experience just becomes even more cooler! Scroll down to check out the 5 places around the world you can go scuba diving virtually.

1. Gray’s Reef

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Based off the coast of Georgia, Gray’s Reef virtual tour will allow you to swim with a school of fish. I am signing up for this one for sure!

Virtual dive here

2. Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys dive will let you dive deep and explore the Aquarius Reef Base, how cool is that!

Virtual dive here

3. Channel Islands

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Fulfill your dreams of being a mermaid by swimming with the sea lions in the Channel Islands with their virtual tour access! This one’s based off the coast of French Normandy.

Virtual dive here

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Always wanted to know what an underwater shipwreck would look like? The Stellwagen Bank virtual tour will let you explore just that and lots more!

Virtual dive here

5. Flower Garden Banks

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Go exploring off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico when you take this virtual dive at the Flower Garden Banks in the National Marine Sanctuary and see what all you can find!

Virtual dive here

Which one of these do you plan to go for first? Let us know in the comments below!

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