Scuba diving is more than a fun activity, it is like opening a door to an entirely new world. The sensation of my first dive was unlike anything I'd ever felt before. It is hard to find the right words to describe how it feels to see the world beneath the waves and be able to move in three dimensions.

That is why I gathered the best scuba diving quotes which might inspire you to discover the beauty and mystery of the ocean. They also describe what it feels like to be underwater. And for some added fun, there are some jokes and funny quotes about scuba diving.

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Inspiring Scuba Diving Quotes

1. "The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish." - Jacques Cousteau

2. "Scuba diving is a lifetime adventure that takes you to the most beautiful places on Earth and allows you to see the world in a whole new light." - Unknown

3. "Scuba diving is a way to experience the majesty of the underwater world while pushing the boundaries of human exploration." - Sylvia Earle

4. "Scuba diving is like entering a dream world where the mundane rules of everyday life no longer apply." - Unknown

5. "Scuba diving is an adventure that allows you to explore the beauty and mystery of the underwater world like no other activity on Earth." - Unknown

6. "Scuba diving is not just a sport, it's a way of life that allows you to see the world from a different perspective and discover the hidden beauty of the ocean." - Unknown

7. “Diving is an investment of time and money but the rewards can be life-changing, literally.” - Andy Cummings

8. “75% of the Earth is water. Divers live on a much bigger planet.” - Unknown

9. “Scuba diving shows the human mind what it is truly like to move around in a fully 3-dimensional world. A world that once your head sinks below the surface the thoughts of society vanish and tranquillity begins.” - Matthew Schade

10. “In a few short years, you might have to become a scuba diver and go hundreds of feet underwater – It will be the last refuge of pure aura and power on our planet, the oceans’ depths.” - Frederick Lenz

11. “Every time you dive, you hope you’ll see something new – some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes it doesn’t.” - James Cameron

12. “I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It’s just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions.” – Sir David Attenborough

13. “As a diver, you are weightless and can move in all directions. You approach the freedom of a bird as you move in three dimensions in a fluid environment.” - Dennis Graver

14. “Taking your first breath underwater is an incredible experience. You’ve been breathing your whole life, it’s the definition of second nature, but all of a sudden the whole game has changed. It’s something that you’ve never focused on but now it won’t escape your mind.” - Natalie Lavery

15. “What all divers should remember is that scuba diving is a fun exploration of life. When you dive, don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and relax. The point of scuba diving is not to focus on yourself; it’s to focus on the beauty of the underwater world. There’s nothing to accomplish on dives.” - Vanessa Vitri

16. “I love all the unique things you see on each dive. Millions of little aquatic soap operas playing out between all the creatures. And the silence. Well, it’s not really silent down there, but the roar of bubbles blocks any other sound.” - Kirsten Hubbard

17. “From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”– Jacques Yves Cousteau

18. “On the surface of the ocean, men wage war and destroy each other; but down here, just a few feet beneath the surface, there is a calm and peace, unmolested by man.” - Jules Verne

19. “I want to do things - scuba diving, sky diving…living life to its fullest.” - Teri Polo

20. “Scuba diving is like driving a car. If you're careful and pay attention it's a very safe activity, but if you're not it can be very dangerous.” - Ronnie Prevost

21. “I’ve had the joy of spending thousands of hours under the sea. I wish I could take people along to see what I see and to know what I know.” – Sylvia Earle

22. “Being underwater reminds me of the beauty in life’s simplicity. The sea pulses with life. It exudes it, breathes it; a constant reminder that everything is liquid.” - Timi Waters

23. “Underwater I hear the water coming to my body, I hear the sunlight penetrating the water.” - James Nestor

24. "Scuba diving is fairly easy to figure out...strap a tank on your back and breathe.” - Thomas Gronfeldt Senger

25. “Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.” – Sylvia Earle

26. “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realized that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean.” - Dave Barry

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27. "Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home." - Sylvia Earle

28. “No matter how much you travel, if you don’t dive, you cannot say you’ve seen the world.” - Unknown

29. "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

30. "Dive into adventure and let the ocean heal your soul." - Unknown

31. "Dive into the deep blue and discover the beauty of the underwater world." - Unknown

32. "Give me coffee to change the things I can and the ocean to accept the things I can’t." - Unknown

33. "Everyone loves to fly and flying underwater is better than flying in air because there are things around you." - Graham Hawkes

34. "It’s another world, what the sea gives us. It’s a paradise." - Roberto Alejandro “Tito” Ramirez Rivas

35. "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

36. "To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable.” - Tec Clark

37. "The sea is an underwater museum still awaiting its visitors." - Phillip Diole

38. "Scuba diving is one of my favourite sports — it’s exciting, peaceful and beautiful." - Ashley Wagner

39. "This is my church. Down here you feel the power of nature’s imagination…" - James Cameron

40. “For the rich, there is therapy. For the rest of us, there is Scuba Diving!” - Unknown

41. "Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean." - Christopher Reeve

42. "Underwater is a world of silence, a world of peace. When I go down, I leave all my troubles and my worries on the surface." - Bob Croft

43. "I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea." - Alain Gerbeault

44. "Scuba diving is very much a black-and-white world in terms of the laws and rules one must abide by." - Carlos Eyles

45. "You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know." - Peter Benchley

46. "I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." - Anais Nin

47. "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Andre Gide

48. "Every girl loves when a boy softly whispers in her ear those three magic words: Time to dive!" - Unknown

49. "You can’t cross the ocean of life just by dreaming about it, you have to jump in and swim." - Debasish Mridha

50. "Be alone with the sea for it is there you will find answers to questions you didn’t realise exist." - Khang Kijarro Nguyen

51. "In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking." - James Russell Lowell

52. "In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls." - Honore de Balzac

Funny Scuba Diving Quotes

53. "Scuba divers are the only people who are happy to be up to their necks in water." - Unknown

54. "Happiness can be measured in bars." - Unknown

55. "Why do scuba divers fall backwards off a boat? Because if they fell forwards they’d still be in the boat." - Mark Hoppus

56. "You should always dive with a buddy…if you have an equipment problem buddy can help….if you run out of air buddy can help….if there is a shark attack your odds are now 50-50 instead of 100%." - Unknown

57. "Scuba divers are just fish with wallets." - Unknown

58. "If you love someone, take them diving. If they don't surface, they're not the one." - Unknown

59. "Scuba diving is just extreme snorkelling." - Unknown

60. "Scuba diving is like yoga, but with more gear and less stretching."

61. "A dive a day keeps the doctor away." - Unknown

62. "If anything goes wrong underwater, relax, take a deep breath, and think it through. You have the rest of your life to solve the problem." - Unknown

63. "Scuba diving is just floating in water with fancy underwear." - Unknown

64. "You’re too old to dive when they put you in a box. Even then, you’re not too old, you’re just incapable." - K Barrick

65. "What happens in your wetsuit, stays in your wetsuit." - Unknown

66. "In my other life, I was a fish. So I scuba dive to visit relatives." - Unknown

67. "Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy dive gear" - Unknown

68. "I had to quit my job as a deep sea diver instructor. The pressure was too much." - Unknown

Short Scuba Diving Quotes

69. "Scuba diving is my therapy." - Unknown

70. "Life is better under the sea." - Unknown

71. "Diving is a leap of faith plus gravity." - Gabrielle Zevin

72. "As every scuba diver knows, panic is your worst enemy." - Daniel Dennett

73. "Diving is the closest you can come to flying." - Unknown

74. "We dive not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." - Unknown

75. "Health to the ocean means health for us." - Sylvia Earle

76. "Let the sea set you free." - Unknown

77. "He who would search for pearls must dive below." - John Dryden

78. "Life looks better underwater." - Unknown

79. "The world’s finest wilderness lies beneath the waves."- Wyland

80. "Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat." - Unknown

81. "The ocean is my office." - unknown

82. "A lot of people attack the sea. I make love to it."- Jacques Cousteau

83. "The sea lives in every one of us." – Robert Wyland

84. "Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you." - Rumi

85. "The ocean is calling and I must go." - John Muir

86. "The waves of the sea help me get back to me." - Jill Davis

87. "The sea is as near as we come to another world." - Anne Stevenson

88. "At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much."- Robin Lee Graham

89. "It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself." - Vito Dumas

90. "Don’t ask me why I dive…ask yourself why you don’t." - Unknown

91. "Most of the problems in scuba diving come from ourselves." - Jim Crockett

92. "Reality whistles a different tune underwater." - Tom Robbins

93. "My favourite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive." - Buzz Aldrin

94. "The deeper we go the smaller the life forms…" - James Cameron

Inspiring Scuba Diving Quotes about the Ocean

95. "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

96. "When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things." – Frances Beinecke

97. "The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

98. “The ocean has always been a salve to my soul.” - Jimmy Buffett

99. "The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." - Robert Wyland

100. "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

101. "The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat." - Jacques Cousteau

102. "My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

103. "The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective." - Beyoncé

104. "Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free." - Christy Ann Martine

105. "That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit." - John Joly

106. "When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused." - Rainer Maria Rilke

107. "Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks." - Sylvia Earle

108. "At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space." - Natalie Wood

109. "We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do." - Sylvia Earle

110. "Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow