For Medhavi Davda all it took was one dive in the Lakshadweep Islands to realize that scuba diving gave her much more than an adrenaline rush. It fed her soul, filled her with happiness, and imbued her with a sense of peace and purity. Davda had dreamt of exploring the Lakshadweep for as long as she could remember, and it was a dive that changed the way she saw life.
“I was exposed to a magical world, a world where I saw life in the purest form. Swimming with those tiny beautiful creatures made me feel like I’m one of them. My soul sensed a feeling of freedom. I could swim endlessly forever without any traffic jams, U-turns or dead-ends. It was a dive that left tears in my eyes; and, my heart ached because I didn’t want this feeling to end. I wished I had an unlimited supply of air in my tank on that dive,” Davda says.
Scuba diving is akin to meditation for the software engineer-turned-adventure travel blogger. She calls it “aqua addiction.” An advanced adventure scuba diver, she has gone diving across the world in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Gili Trawangan, and the Andaman. She currently works as the product head for scuba diving at a Mumbai-based adventure travel company where she not only designs budget-friendly diving trips in destinations across the globe but also leads the trips. But it hasn’t been an easy journey.
Initially compelled to take up a traditional career in software development by her family, Davda knew that she would always regret it if she didn’t muster the courage to do something different with her life. It was only when she quit her job to live in the Himalayas for more than a year that she realized the value of minimalistic living.
“Through my trekking and scuba diving adventures, I realized true happiness comes from doing things that I like, and not buying materialistic goods. The more I discovered myself in the most serene and purest environments in the mountains and in the oceans, the more I felt the urge to make a living out of my passions. Scuba diving encouraged me to take that bold step,” says Davda, whose love for the ocean can be traced back to her childhood.
A born dreamer, Davda thinks she’s extremely lucky to have experienced the unspoilt beauty of nature while trekking in the snow-clad Himalayas and diving in some of the world’s most pristine reefs.
Today, she’s actively involved in conservation activities in the mountains and in coastal regions of India. On the occasion of #WorldOceansDay, she urges people to implement an environment-friendly lifestyle, and do their bit to prevent all forms of pollution. “My heart aches to see the way we have already ruined our natural resources without realizing their value. Spreading awareness and making every individual responsible is my biggest concern,” she adds.