8 Ways Scuba Diving Will Enhance Your Team

Planning A Corporate Event? Here are 8 Ways Scuba Diving Will Enhance Your Team

When you plan a business retreat or corporate team-building event you’re looking for something that ticks all the boxes. An activity or location like no other. Something that offers the chance to learn new skills, immerse in nature, get fit and have fun under the sun. Scuba diving ticks all those boxes and more. Here’s why you should take your team scuba diving. Dive in, you won’t regret it.

1. Improves stress management

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Go scuba diving to relieve stress

Scuba diving is a great way to improve your team’s resilience to stressful situations, enabling them to deal with work pressures more effectively. Imagine going on a liveaboard diving cruise, relaxing upon turquoise waters and watching epic sunsets. That alone is going to bring your team’s stress levels down and boost creativity back in the office.

You’ll learn all about breath control as a scuba diver, which is known for lowering anxiety and promoting feelings of calm in challenging situations. You also learn about how to recognise stress, the psychology of stress and how to break the cycle as you continue your diver education. What more could you need for a harmonious team?

2. It’s perfect for teamwork

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Explore stunning Seychelles dive sites with your team

Scuba diving is all about working as a team and is a great leveller for people from all aspects of your business. You get to know peoples’ skills and use them together as you learn to dive. Given the range of physical and mental skills diving involves, there’s always a query or two to solve when you go diving. Your team can do just that as they work together and explore the oceans.

If you really want to work as a team, try SSI's Diver Stress & Rescue This ever-popular course is all about helping other divers in distress and includes practical rescue exercises perfect for team building.

→ Non-divers in your team? The Seychelles offers sailing, wildlife watching, pristine snorkelling and diving

3. Builds confidence, self-esteem, and trust

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Discover the wonders of the ocean as you learn to dive

Trying something new and pushing outside your comfort zone is a great way to improve self-esteem and confidence. We all know a confident team is an effective team, so why not push the boundaries and build your team up with scuba diving? You’ll be learning new skills, discovering new underwater environments and conquering personal challenges as you go. As a scuba diver, you’re committed to working closely with your dive buddy at all times to be safe in the water. 

The buddy pair system not only builds trust, but it’s also a great way to get to know your colleagues in a new environment. Scuba diving also teaches people to speak up with confidence and express their concerns and successes.

4. Develops organisational & leadership skills

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Scuba diving helps you improve your organisational skills

You develop great organisational and leadership skills when you go scuba diving, which are handy skills to nurture in your team. As part of your training, you learn how to plan your dives, set up your dive kit and assist others in your group – keeping you all safe underwater. You can also learn how to navigate underwater and conduct search and rescue exercises, to help develop your leadership skills further.

Take your team on a liveaboard diving cruise and you can put those skills to practice as you drift over pristine coral reefs, explore shipwrecks and marvel at dramatic underwater landscapes. It’s a great way to reinforce the learning cycle and have some fun as you go.

→ Keep diving! The 10 Best health benefits of scuba diving

5. Boosts communication skills

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Meet Mexico's friendly sea lions

“You can cancel a dive, for any reason, at any time” is a well-known phrase in the world of scuba diving, encouraging divers to be bold and say yes or no when they need to. That’s a great skill to practice and take back to the workplace for clearer communication.

Learning hand signals so you can communicate underwater is one of the best parts of learning to dive. As your team practices those signals underwater, they’ll become more tuned in to body language and so become even better communicators.

6. Develops fitness & resilience

Aerial shot of islands in Fiji
Fiji offers dives for all experience levels, perfect for a team event

Scuba diving is physically active and is a great way to boost aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility without even realising it. Even better, it gets those happy hormones pumping and helps fight depression, anxiety and stress. All of which will boost your team’s mental and physical resilience. Go diving and feel your stresses melt away.

→ Combine spa therapies, fine dining and Maldives diving for the ultimate retreat

7. Enhances wellbeing

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De-stress with yoga and spa treatments as you cruise the Maldives with the Scubaspa fleet

Neuroscientists and psychologists agree that spending time in the ocean helps manage trauma, anxiety, sleep and more. Used as a therapeutic tool to help people suffering from PTSD, scuba diving is a fantastic way to combat the pressures of modern life.

Added to that, your blood pressure lowers when you go scuba diving and the water promotes feelings of wellbeing and peace. All of which can only be a good thing for helping create a happy, functional team. If you really want to boost your team’s wellbeing, choose a liveaboard cruise that offers yoga classes and spa treatments. 

The Conte Max is a unique Maldives liveaboard that integrates wellness and dive cruises, where your team can enjoy world-class diving, yoga and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

8. It creates memories that last a lifetime

Diver photographing a whale shark
Encounters with ocean giants create memories that last a lifetime

There is nothing like encountering marine life and exploring vibrant coral reefs to make you appreciate life. Go liveaboard diving with your team and you can swim with everything from sea turtles, sharks and manta rays to humpback whales, sea lions and more. The dive options are almost endless.

Put your gear on, experience the magic of breathing underwater and go on the adventure of a lifetime. Your team will thank you for it, and so will your business.

→ Looking for a thrill? Take your team cage diving with sharks

Origin: US