Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Taking Up Diving Post-Retirement


Scuba diving is something anyone can take up, regardless of age!

If you think that’s a bold claim, look no further than the record for the oldest diver set by Bill Lambert, who dove aged 100 in 2020. Before you dismiss this as no big deal since he was probably an old grizzled sea dog, just wait.

Lambert only learned to dive at the tender young age of … you guessed it, 98 years old. So, what might be putting older people from taking up the awesome sport of scuba diving?

Physical Conditioning

You don’t need to be in fantastic shape to dive; look at any dive club, and it is made up of normal individuals with a wide variety of shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels. As long as you pass the medical questionnaire, you are fit enough to dive.

Swimming Ability

You don’t need Michael Phelps-like abilities to be a scuba diver. You have to be able to swim and complete the swim test, and that’s it. Your equipment carries a lot of the burden in the water, not your swimming ability.

‘I may feel out of place’

People of all sexes and ages populate the diving community. After all, those divers who started 30 years ago in their 30s are now in their sixties and still diving. Everyone has a place in scuba diving.

It’s a lot to learn and remember

Just like driving a car, there is a lot to learn and remember. Fortunately, the courses are laid out in a way that present the information in bite-sized portions that are easy to master and then recall. After all, most courses are designed with kids as young as 10 in mind; therefore, adults in their 60s should have no problem assimilating the information.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for