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You ever try to explain your love of the ocean or scuba diving to someone that doesn’t scuba dive or see the ocean the same way? Here is a selection of my favorite scuba diving quotes, ocean quotes, conservation quotes, and quotes about sharks!
Some are from famous ocean conservationists, some authors, movie producers, actors, and some anonymous. No matter who said them, you’ll find inspiration and maybe even some humor in a few of these scuba diving quotes.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite one is or if we missed one! We’ll be sure to add it in!
You’re 30 feet underwater, the ocean is brisk, the slight current is stirring the sand, the colorful fish are swarming, the bright red lobsters are playfully harassing the neon eels — everything seems surreal, especially the fact that you’re breathing underwater. – Natalie Lavery
Diving is an investment of time and money but the rewards can be life-changing, literally. – Andy Cummings
“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
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
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
Diving, while it is an “adventure sport,” takes people into a calm and quiet environment — there are no phones, no emails, no way for the terrestrial world to contact you. A diver can drift through the water, undisturbed, and enjoy a period of quiet. The only noises are the hiss of exhalations and the munching of parrotfish. Yes, diving is generally a buddy sport, but your buddy has a regulator in his mouth and can’t talk. – Anonymous
For most people, this is as close to being an astronaut as you’ll ever get. It’s leaving planet Earth behind and entering an alien world. – Mary Frances Emmons
“The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
“Well… I love moving in extra dimensions. Not just backwards and forwards, but up and down and around. And fins. I love swimming with fins— human feet are practically useless underwater. 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
“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
“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight.” Janet Fitch“
“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey
All the scuba diving quotes don’t have to be inspirational. Some can just be funny.
“Why do scuba divers fall backward off a boat? Because if they fell forwards they’d still be in the boat.”– Mark Hoppus
“Freediving is about silence…the silence that comes from within.” – Jacques Mayol
“The scuba diver dives to look around. The freediver dives to look inside.” – Umberto Pelizzari
Ever looked out over the horizon from the beach or on a boat into the endless sea of blues and greens and want to write a love letter to the ocean?
If it’s just me, that’s okay too.
Regardless, here are some quotes for the ocean that may take those feelings that hard to describe and put them into words.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” – Sylvia Earle
“The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.” – Jules Verne
“The world’s finest wilderness lies beneath the waves.” – Wyland
“The ocean is everything I want to be: beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.” – Anonymous
“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” – Christopher Reeve
“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
“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature, you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” –John Muir
“It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.” – Hunter S. Thompson
“To me, the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” – Walt Whitman
“My mother told me I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.” — Lana Del Rey
“Dear Ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humble, inspired, and salty all at once.” — Unknown
“When these sails go up, mountains fade away
Stars come out, I’m finally free
It’s only the ocean and me” – Only the Ocean by Jack Johnson
“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
“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” – Werner Herzog
“The ocean is an object of no small terror.” – Edmund Burke
“By his machines, man can dive and remain underwater like a shark; can fly like a hawk in the air; can see atoms like a gnat; can see the system of the universe of Uriel, the angel of the sun; can carry whatever loads a ton of coal can lift; can knock down cities with his fist of gunpowder; can recover the history of his race by the medals which the deluge, and every creature, civil or savage or brute, has involuntarily dropped of its existence; and divine the future possibility of the planet and its inhabitants by his perception of laws of nature.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The ocean is a place of paradoxes. It is the home of the great white shark, two-thousand-pound killer of the seas, and of the hundred-foot blue whale, the largest animal that ever lived. It is also the home of living things so small that your two hands might scoop up as many of them as there are stars in the Milky Way.” – Rachel Carson
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.” – Herman Melville
“I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.” – Siouxsie Sioux
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never gather up all the plastic and put the ocean back together again.” – Charles Moore
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques Cousteau
“When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.” – Frances Beinecke
“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it.” – James Cameron
“There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.” ― Rob Stewart, Sharkwater: The Photographs
“My position is this. If we can’t protect sanctuaries, if we can’t save the whales, the sharks, the fish, our oceans will die.” – Paul Watson
“In the Mediterranean of my childhood, there were no large groupers, sharks, or whales. All I saw was seaweed and a few fish, smaller than my little diving mask. All the large animals were gone, simply because we had eaten them.” – Enric Sala
“Nothing is more important than saving … the Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels. The humans? The planet does not need humans.” – James Lee
“Seafood is simply a socially acceptable form of bushmeat. We condemn Africans for hunting monkeys and mammalian and bird species from the jungle yet the developed world thinks nothing of hauling in magnificent wild creatures like swordfish, tuna, halibut, shark, and salmon for our meals. The fact is that the global slaughter of marine wildlife is simply the largest massacre of wildlife on the planet.” – Paul Watson
“Nothing has prepared sharks, squid, krill and other sea creatures for industrial-scale extraction that destroys entire ecosystems while targeting a few species.” – Sylvia Earle
“There is this sweet spot in time when we have an opportunity to stop killing sharks and tunas and swordfish and other wildlife in the sea before it’s too late.” – Sylvia Earle
“We still have 10 percent of the sharks. We still have half of the coral reefs. However, if we wait another 50 years, opportunities might well be gone.” – Sylvia Earle
“Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.” – Sylvia Earle
“No, the shark in an updated JAWS could not be the villain; it would have to be written as the victim, for, worldwide, sharks are much more the oppressed than the oppressors.” – Peter Benchley
“We still have the illusion that the ocean will recover. That even if we do have to lose sharks, people don’t understand why this matters. The evidence is in front of us, and we fail to take it in and say, “Now I get it. Now I understand.” – Sylvia Earle
“I don’t think you can be a diver without a shark on the list.” – Natalie Dormer
“You’re more likely to drown in the sea of sameness than get eaten by a shark while navigating new waters.” – Amy Jo Martin
“Sharks have a deadly form of claustrophobia. It’s not so much fear of enclosed spaces as it is its inability to exist in them. No one knows why. Some say it’s the metal in aquariums that throws their equilibrium off. But whatever it is, big sharks don’t last long in captivity.” – Neal Shusterman
“Sharks don’t target human beings, and they certainly don’t hold grudges.” – Peter Benchley
“I’m not saying that everyone should swim with sharks, but sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow in order to learn something that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Then you know you can conquer your fears.” – Heidi Klum
“I think sharks are beautiful creatures, and I don’t think we should stop going into the ocean because of them. You drive down the road and you get in an accident, but most people end up driving down the road again. Surfing is you’re going into their home and it’s just a natural part of life. “ – Bethany Hamilton
“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
“Turns out, I couldn’t catch them – or even get close to them. I realized that sharks are amazing, beautiful animals who have absolutely no interest in checking me out.” – Malin Akerman
“French fries kill more people than guns and sharks, yet nobody’s afraid of French fries.” – Robert Kiyosaki
“Sharks aren’t the monsters we make them out to be.” ― Yasmine Hamdi
“Currently, sharks carry a stigma about them that breeds fear in humans, but in reality, it is the humans who are more of a threat to the sharks than the other way around.” ― Heidi Peltier, Breach
“Sharks have everything a scientist dreams of. They’re beautiful―God, how beautiful they are! They’re like an impossibly perfect piece of machinery. They’re as graceful as any bird. They’re as mysterious as any animal on earth. No one knows for sure how long they live or what impulses―except for hunger―they respond to. There are more than two hundred and fifty species of shark, and everyone is different from every other one.” ― Peter Benchley, Jaws
“Sharks are the lions of the sea. They glamorize the oceanic glory.” – Munia Khan
I hope these scuba diving quotes left you as inspired as me and as motivated to get back in the water as I am. Let me know in the comments what you think and what is your favorite one!