Ocean diving is not an activity that is for the faint of heart, as you leave the relative safety of the land for new aquatic surroundings. Diving rose to popularity in the late 1940s as a cheap new hobby introduced to the British isles by WW2 veterans. Diving took Britain by storm with the youth choosing to have a swim in the freezing North Sea and British Channel. Thankfully, other countries with warmer oceans decided to incorporate scuba diving into their national diet making it a far more pleasant experience. Though it is no longer the gargantuan activity it once was, due to a number of factors, mainly due to a number of stereotypes that began to surround the hobby. This cloud is beginning to clear though and scuba diving is again starting to pick up steam, as this passage will explore.
What has been pivotal in the resurgence of scuba diving is the re-education of the general public. The 1970s saw the release of Spielberg’s Jaws, the film is seen as the original summer blockbuster and it followed a killer shark that plagued an American beach town. This tricked the mass American public into seeing sharks as dangerous killers. An idea that could not be further from the truth. Of the 130 shark attacks in 2018 only 5% of them involved scuba divers, and of this 5 %, none of the incidents resulted in a fatality for shark or diver. With events like Shark Week, the general public has started to realize the fact that there is nothing that really wants to harm you close to any scuba diving spots. The last Shark Week bagged the Discovery channel 30 million viewers; this means 30 million new possible scuba divers. This reeducation is pivotal in saving scuba diving, as much as jaws want you to think otherwise sharks and ocean life are both friendly and beautiful, and many scuba diving companies will let you get far closer to the wildlife than any safari.
Globalization has been extremely important in the growth of ocean diving. It is no longer a hobby for those who are lucky enough to live in a coastal town, but anyone can choose to travel to the coast and join in. There are also numerous educational sources now available for potential divers. The scuba diving subreddit currently has just under 80 thousand members, where people will share photos and experiences from there scuba diving journeys; and with websites like divingpicks.com giving potential divers a real deep dive into numerous different diving topics and the hottest new diving spots; the website is a must for any new diver due to the sheer depth of education.
Finally, the drop in the price of scuba diving has been extremely important in the revival of the hobby. A scuba dive back in the 80s and 90s would likely cost just over a thousand dollars; this price is now sitting at a friendly $200 to $300. This price drop has made people more likely to take a risk on an activity that they are not guaranteed to enjoy. This is not just $200 to $300 in a simple pool of water, but some of the most luxurious spots in the world. This includes the Grand Cayman which is one of the most expensive islands in the Caribbean. This price drop is important in bringing in newcomers to a beautiful sport, for people to have the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing scenes in the natural world is such a wonderful thought and it is important in creating a world that is equal in opportunity and chance, everyone should get to experience scuba diving.