100 Best Scuba Diving Quotes for Instagram

100 Best Scuba Diving Quotes for Instagram

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If you’re always struggling to come up with the right words for your diving-related images, using inspirational scuba diving quotes might just do the trick!

The use of quotes can be a great way to express your feelings and ideas especially if you struggle with putting your thoughts into words. Your images combined with someone’s powerful words can have a lasting impact on your audience.

To inspire you and help in your ocean advocacy, I’ve compiled 100 of my favorite and the best scuba diving quotes for your photos taken in your last dive trip or vacation.

Make sure to bookmark this article as it will have all the quotes a scuba diver will need for their Instagram captions!

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Note: If you like these diving quotes posters I made, feel free to pin on Pinterest and share them around. For your Instagram captions, don’t forget to credit the original person who said the quote!

Jacque Cousteau Quotes

Jacque-Yves Cousteau is undeniably one of the most popular ocean explorers in the world.

In 1942, he and Emile Gagnan invented the Aqua-lung which allowed people to bring air with them underwater. I like to think of him as the father of scuba diving because he literally invented scuba diving devices making it possible for us to explore the underwater world!

Not only was he an oceanographer, researcher, scientist, conservationist, but he was also a filmmaker. He even invented an underwater camera that allowed him to capture the never before seen and explored areas of the ocean. His films and documentaries inspired people to learn more about the ocean.

Today, he continues to inspire people through his works and words. Here are some of the famous Jacques Cousteau quotes that you can use as scuba diving captions for Instagram.

Diving Quotes Poster: "When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."- Jacques Cousteau
Diving Quotes Poster: "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."- Jacques Cousteau

1. “When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”- Jacques Cousteau

2. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”- Jacques Cousteau

3. “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.”- Jacques Cousteau

4. “A lot of people attack the sea. I make love to it.”- Jacques Cousteau

5. “Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.”- Jacques Cousteau

6. “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

7. “The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”- Jacques Cousteau

8. “No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.”- Jacques Cousteau

9. “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 Cousteau

10. “People protect what they love.”- Jacques Cousteau

Diving Quotes Poster: "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 Cousteau
Diving Quotes Poster: "People protect what they love."- Jacques Cousteau

Sylvia Earle Quotes

Sylvia Earle is another renowned marine biologist and oceanographer.

At a time when women were just beginning to enter the scientific fields, Sylvia Earle led an all-female team of aquanauts as part of a study to explore the viability of deepwater habitats and the health effects of living in underwater structures. This experiment captured the attention of scientists and non-scientists alike since the project was originally handled by an all-male crew.

Aside from being a pioneer in the use of modern self-contained underwater breathing apparatus also known as SCUBA, she also took part in designing a Deep Rover, a submersible vehicle capable of reaching 3000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean.

Over the span of her career, she led numerous undersea expeditions and has written hundreds of scientific papers. Her books and documentaries continue to raise awareness of the threats that overfishing and pollution

Her contribution to science and the ocean is simply outstanding and here are some of my favorite quotes that continue to inspire many female scientists, divers, explorers and conservationists around the world!

Here are some famous Sylvia Earle quotes that would be great to use for you scuba diving Instagram captions.

Ocean Wildlife Protection Poster: "We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return." - Sylvia Earle
Ocean Conservation Poster:  "We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do." - Sylvia Earle

11. “We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return.” – Sylvia Earle

12. “We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.” – Sylvia Earle

13. “I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind.” – Sylvia Earle

14. “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

15. “People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.” – Sylvia Earle

16. “Health to the ocean means health for us.” – Sylvia Earle

17. “I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it.” – Sylvia Earle

18. “Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.” – Sylvia Earle

19. “Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.” – Sylvia Earle

20. “Let’s talk trash…. Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” – Sylvia Earle

21. “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.” – Sylvia Earle

22. “The bottom line answer to the question about why biodiversity matters is fairly simple: The rest of the living world can get along without us, but we can’t get along without them.” – Sylvia Earle

23. “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” – Sylvia Earle

24. “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

25. “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

Scuba Diving Poster: "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
Shark Conservation Poster: "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

Scuba Diving Quotes

Here are more of the best scuba diving quotes that capture why divers love it and why you should experience it for yourself.

Scuba Diving Quotes: “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” – Peter Benchley
Diving Poster: "Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, Leave and let the sea be you." - Rumi

26. “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” – Peter Benchley

27. “Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, Leave and let the sea be you.” ~ Rumi

28. “I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.” – James Cameron

29. “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

30. “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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Ocean Quotes

For most scuba divers, the ocean is the source of their joy. Here are some of my favorite quotes that perfectly expresses my love for the ocean.

Ocean Quotes Poster: "The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul"- Robert Wyland
Ocean Quotes Poster: “The ocean was magical to her, its depths and mysteries were boundless, its call irresistible.” – Jeff Mariotte

31. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul”- Robert Wyland

32. “The ocean was magical to her, its depths and mysteries were boundless, its call irresistible.” – Jeff Mariotte

33. “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” – Christopher Reeve

34. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”- John F Kennedy

35. “The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.”- Beyoncé Knowles

36. “I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.”- Siouxsie Sioux

37. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.”- Kahlil Gibran

38. “Being out there in the ocean – God’s creation – it’s like a gift he has given us to enjoy.”- Bethany Hamilton

39. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”- Mother Teresa

40. “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”- Sarah Kay

Ocean Quotes Poster: "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."- Mother Teresa
Ocean Quotes Poster: “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”- Sarah Kay

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Sea Quotes

What is the difference between Ocean or Sea? If you ask me there really not much of a difference other than size. They both evoke emotions of serenity and bliss for me.

Here are more quotes about the sea that will be perfect Instagram captions for your scuba diving IG account.

Sea Quotes Poster: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”- Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Sea Quotes Poster: “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”- Robin Lee Graham

41. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”- Ralph Waldo Emerson”

42. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”- Robin Lee Graham

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

44. “Be alone with the sea for it is there you will find answers to questions you didn’t realize exist.” – Khang Kijarro Nguyen

45. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”- Isak Dinesen

46. “The sea is the only embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence”- Jules Verne

47. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”- E. E. Cummings

48. “Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.”- Rumi

49. “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

50. “It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”- Vito Dumas

Sea Quotes Poster: "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
Sea Quotes Poster: "It's out there at sea that you are really yourself."- Vito Dumas

If you’re looking for more captions for your ocean photos on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, you can check out my post on 200+ Sea and Ocean Captions

Beach Quotes

Every ocean diver has at least one beach shot on their Instagram feed. After all, we all need to return home after a day of adventure out at the sea.

Here are some quotes that may fully express the wonderful things about being at the beach.

Beach Quotes Poster: "The true beauty of a woman can be observed when she has spent the day at the beach."- Troian Bellisario.
Beach Quotes:  "At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun."- Sandy Gingras

51. “The true beauty of a woman can be observed when she has spent the day at the beach.”- Troian Bellisario

52. “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”- Sandy Gingras

53. “It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy… Beach Therapy.”- Amy Dykens

54. “The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

55. “Take time in a place you love, restore your spirit on the beach.”- Luanne Rice.

56. “On the beach, you can live in happiness.”- Dennis Wilson

57. “The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.”- Sandy Archibald

58. “Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know its not some place you can look for because its not where you go.  It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.”- Leonardo DiCaprio

59. “After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”- Pam Shaw

60. “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.”- Michelle Held

Beach Quotes Poster: “After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”- Pam Shaw
Beach Quotes Poster: “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.”- Michelle Held

If you’re looking for more captions for your beach photos, you can check out my post on 70+ Inspirational Beach Quotes and Instagram Captions

Sunset Quotes

I’ve always been a sunset-person. Since scuba divers often post beautiful sunset shots on Instagram, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite sunset quotes for you to enjoy as well!

Sunset Quotes Poster: "Cherish sunsets, wild creatures, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth!"- Stewart Udall
Sunset Quotes Poster: "Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life."- Sri Chinmoy

61. “Cherish sunsets, wild creatures, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth!”- Stewart Udall

62. “Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life.”- Sri Chinmoy

63. “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

64. “Every moment of life is unique-a kiss, a sunset, a dance, a joke. None will ever recur in quite the same way. Each happens only once in the history of the universe.”- Stephen Nachmanovitch

65. “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.”- Maya Angelou

66. “God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Each ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.’”- Louie Giglio

67. “That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.”- Nicholas Sparks

68. “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”- Jo Walton

69. “Sunsets are my escape into the reality I want to continuously live.” ~ Rachel Roy 

70. “It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.”- Bernard Williams

Sunset Quotes Poster: "Sunsets are my escape into the reality I want to continuously live." ~ Rachel Roy
Sunset Quotes Poster: "It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."- Bernard Williams

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Travel Quotes

Travel and diving go hand in hand so it’s only appropriate to include some of my favorite travel quotes that can easily be applicable to diving. These travel and diving quotes inspire me to be brave, take risks and just go for it!

Travel and Diving Quotes Poster: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee
Travel Quotes Poster: "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” - Martin Buber

71. “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

72. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

73. “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

74. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything that it is.” -Mandy Hale

75. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller

76. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

77. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” -Confucius

78. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

79. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

80. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” -Chief Seattle

Travel Quotes Poster: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller
Sustainable Travel Quotes: “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” -Chief Seattle

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Ocean Conservation Quotes

To rephrase Sylvia Earle, scuba divers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation because we’ve spent so much time in it and we’ve personally seen the beauty as well as the degradation of it.

I’ve always believed in using social media for good and as a scuba diver, I always bring up the importance of saving our oceans. Here are some ocean conservation quotes which you can use as your Instagram caption to inspire others to support your advocacy.

Ocean Conservation Quotes Poster: "When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.” - Frances Beinecke
Ocean Conservation Quotes Poster: “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

81. “When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.” – Frances Beinecke

82. “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

83. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it.” – James Cameron

84. “The Earth should not be a worse place after my life than it was when I was born here.” – Rob Stewart

85. “I had fought on behalf of man against the sea, but I realized that it had become more urgent to fight on behalf of the sea against men.” – Alain Bombard

86. It is, surely, our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – Sir David Attenborough

87. “We are living on the planet as if we have another one to go to.” – Terry Swearingen

88. “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

89. “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

90. “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change.” – Barbara Mikulski

Conservation Quotes Poster:  Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.” - Rob Stewart
Conservation Quotes Poster: “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change.” - Barbara Mikulski

Plastic Pollution Quotes

As a scuba diver who encounters a lot of plastic trash underwater, part of my personal advocacy is to create awareness about it. Once in a while, I post not only pretty pictures from my dives but also post about the damages that plastic pollution has on our ocean.

If you want to do the same, here are some of my favorite plastic pollution quotes, perfectly worded by conservationists, environmentalists, authors about our plastic problems todays.

Plastic Pollution Quotes Poster: “The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” - Joshua Becker
Plastic Pollution Quotes Poster: "Waste is a design flaw."- Kate Krebs

91. “The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” – Joshua Becker

92. “Waste is a design flaw.”- Kate Krebs

93. “I often struggle to find words that will communicate the vastness of the Pacific Ocean to people who have never been to sea. Yet as I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean, I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic.” – Charles Moore

94. “Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” – Charles Moore

95. “The strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves. They must rely on each ordinary person, like you and me, on our choices, and on our will.” – Chai Jin

96. “Plastic is the most destructive weapon than a nuclear bomb or an atom bomb, its impact shall remain for centuries on the future generation”- Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

 97. “It cannot be right to manufacture billions of objects that are used for a matter of minutes, and then are with us for centuries.” – Roz Savage

98. “If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.”- David Suzuki

99. Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.” – David Attenborough

100. “If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”- Dr. David Suzuki

Plastic Pollution Quotes Poster: "Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.” - David Attenborough
Plastic Pollution Quotes Poster: “If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”- Dr. David Suzuki

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Ara is the founder of DiverBliss.com and PhilippineDives.com. She is a PADI Rescue Diver with a goal to dive in all the best places around the Philippines.

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