During a recent conversation the subject of diving got around to "Why did you learn to dive in the first place?"
One person stated a release from stress, another countered with a chance to see whats really underwater and the third offered a chance to relax! But all agreed, the lure of travel, enjoying another dimension that normal travellers miss out on. This got me to thinking,
"There are so many more reasons for learning to dive as there are divers who don't want to dive!"
Certified divers understand that everyone has their own reason for journeying under water. In the early 80s, scuba diving became flavour of the month and most, if not all entry level divers were snorkelors. These early divers enjoyed easy transitions to scuba diving.
Years later with scubas increasing popularity, prospective divers didn’t necessarily need to spend their days swimming laps or holding their breath. People who enjoyed other activities such as jogging, tennis, cycling, golf and even computer games have now effortlessly gravitated towards the sport of scuba diving.
Scuba has evolved into a universal recreational activity, a rubber clad way to meet new and really interesting people. Jennifer Hawkins, Sir Richard Branson, Paul McCartney even state and federal ministers rub shoulders with every day divers enjoying the underwater world and if the Sunday papers are to be believed, diving is an extremely sexy adventure, an activity to “help put excitement back into your life.” Whilst at the same time, a hobby that conservative church goers tout as “a sport entire families can enjoy together.”
No longer the sport for daredevils, scuba is now seen as a lifetime activity that you can enjoy with your friends and family. A means to learn more about the beauty and intricacies of life on our planet. Scuba diving has now become an activity for the “environmentally enlightened.”
Age also seems to be a non-issue with divers. Our school program has propelled many students into exciting well paid jobs and word gets around.
Over the past few years, I have noted a greater proportion of mature aged individuals are taking up the sport. The ever-present “baby boomers,” continually account for the majority of entrants into the sport.
Gen "X" and "Y" are taking to diving like locusts but, are taking a quicker journey in and out!
Simply stated, SCUBA diving is ageless.
Scuba travel, if we are led to believe the numbers, is still a major factor.
I remember when we started our dive centre in the 80s, dive travel was the number two reason to learn. Number one was "Tick off the bucket list" (what was it called back then- not "bucket" list!)
According to the numbers- PADI has increased its market share dramatically in Asia, with a slightly lower uptake in Australia. Suggestions include, more Aussies are travelling overseas and learning to dive, then diving on holiday.
Few if any, are continuing to dive here in Australia.
Disappointing you might say! Not really, because this is what the early divers did and with the advent of cheaper travel, more dive centres and superior training regimes at these exotic locales, coupled with great customer service, learner divers are getting the best experiences they can, in an environment they choose.
So what can we offer you! For a start, we learn't from our early roots- Offer you greater diving experiences, more exotic locations, great expert advice about overseas diving and excellent assistance to dive in tropical, warm, or completely different areas.
The environmentalist in you might want Humpback Whale swimming tours, maybe diving with whale sharks.
The adventurer seeks out greater experiences like swimming with thousands of jellyfish (non stinging of course!) and sharks.
For the culture seekers, exotic hidden locations away from the main stream tourists.
Pampadours just want the luxury.
Can we help you, of course we can!
Evolutionists will tell you our ancestors crawled from the sea millions of years ago! Over a few million years, we have evolved into air breathing, land-loving creatures. But our fascination with the sea remains.
Learning to scuba dive is a simple, rewarding, exhilarating process. You may find portions of the training difficult, but that very first breath of air underwater will never be forgotten. The real joy comes learning to dive and becoming a safe, competent diver.
If science is to be believed, fish and their kin are our relatives. Diving gives us the opportunity to crawl back in and visit with our distant cousins. And having had the chance to visit those relatives, you, as many divers have, may ask “Why did our ancestors ever leave?”
Check out the awesome video of our next overseas adventure…..