Say Hello to the man with a mission

by Chriselle Bayross
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Read about this underwater Diving Adventure

Bhushan is a social media expert now based in Singapore. Growing up in Mumbai he loved swimming & the beach. He was always keen to try out diving. Bhushan had his first diving experience underwater at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia back in 2014 and loved it. He also went for trip in 2017 where he decided to live on a live aboard (a yatch that stays in the sea for 2 nights & has rooms like a hotel) the agenda was scuba diving morning, evening and night. 

My experience underwater

On the other hand I find diving daring, going so many feet underwater to a world that you have never seen before, uncovering the depths so to speak. On my recent trip to Bali I went snorkeling for the first time. Even from the surface of the water it was so lovely to see the fish and coral in their natural habitat. However, I am yet to find the time and courage to go diving.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that my friend Bhushan has decided to embark on a scuba diving mission. He will complete 12 dives in 12 months across the Asia Pacific. Here he is telling us about it.

Bhushan at his recent dive at Jeju Island

1)  What has prompted you to go on this mission?

Living in Singapore – travelling across the Asia Pacific regions is easy and cost friendly. I wanted to travel around but not just do touristy things. I got my scuba diving license in Singapore. That’s when I decided to make Scuba Diving my main mission while I travel – I have never looked back!

2) Where have you gone to till date?

I have been able to dive in 7 countries out of the 12 that’s my target this year. They include 1 dive site each in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand & Korea

3) What’s your message to aspiring divers?

Try it out once in life, don’t be scared, enjoy it.  

4) What would you want to know when you started diving?

The costs involved and the different types of certifications you can get. Do you know even people with Asthma can dive!

Swimming with Manta Rays at Manta Point

5) Any unique experience/ favorite animals to see  

Every time I dive – the feeling is relaxing but the views are so different. No 2 dives feel the same. I don’t dive just to see some underwater species – I find scuba like jogging. However – some of my best experiences underwater include seeing & following a turtle, manta rays & a school of yellow fin tuna (around 500 fish together)

Spotting a 120 year old sea turtle at Phuket

We need to protect our beautiful ocean

While Bhushan started out on this mission more for his love for the ocean. He is inevitably bringing awareness on global warming and how it is affecting our oceans. He says diving has a twofold benefit, one is obviously personal satisfaction. But the more we undertake offbeat trips like this, the more the tourism and environment agencies across the world have funding to ensure that they can invest in protecting the corals.

Some important statistics

  • It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. 
  • 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found. 
  • Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.

Remember this the next time you travel or are at the beach. Marine life is a treasure for the next generation and worth protecting.

We wish Bhushan all the luck on his journey. If you want to follow him you can do so here https://www.instagram.com/yourappa/

 It’s an inspiration to see a young Indian man follow such a unique dream. We hope to catch him at the end of his under water diving adventure as well. So stay tuned !

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