THERE ARE FEW THINGS that I love more than wild swimming. Be it in Lakes, rivers, or oceans, I cannot resist getting in the water — nothing makes me feel more alive. Those who snorkel and dive know the feeling of well-being and peace that comes with being in the water, experiencing the silence, knowing that there is a whole world we know nothing about below us.

We hope these few images will make you want to get out there and explore a body of water close to you. If it’s too cold for a simple bathing suit, get yourself into a wet/dry suit — nothing should stop you from discovering the underwater world. Here’s why.

Marine wildlife is amazing.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Photo by Jakob Owens

Photo by Jakob Owens

Photo by Jakob Owens

The story behind this amazing shot (image above): “This photo was taken on a snorkel trip out a few miles off the coast of Oahu. I had seen an add for swimming with sharks and couldn’t pass the opportunity up. They took us on a boat out to spot in the ocean where the sharks gathered and we just jumped in no cage or anything! There were at least 40+ sharks by the guides estimate. It was one of the most surreal and coolest experiences of my life to share the open ocean with these creatures!”

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

This is one of the most peaceful experience you’ll ever have.

Photo by Jakob Owens

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Photo by Marco Assmann

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

For the image above, the photographer explains: “Every day is a clear day in hawaii. Diving the West side of Oahu brings a peacefulness and calmness to your mood while out in the water and I wanted to capture that by this picture’s mood.”

Photo by Mari Martin

Photo by Richa Joshi

For the image above, the photographer explains: “Diving in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland is your chance to snorkel in the purest glacial water filtered by nature for millions of years and stand between two continents.”

At times, you’ll feel like an underwater archaeologist.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Photo by Jakob Owens