The Origins Of Scuba Diving: How It Started And Where It Is Now


Scuba Diving- Origins And The Present

When scuba diving, you go underwater to explore the breathtaking views that oceans and lakes have to offer. You get to see colourful fishes, corals and things that you would have never seen before. We got you all excited, didn’t we?

However, before you start planning for a scuba diving vacation, do keep in mind that you cannot readily breathe underwater. While underwater, you are in a heavenly but hostile environment. Your oxy supply is limited, and your fellow divers are the only people that can help you. Therefore, we advise you always to have proper gear and training so that you can enjoy

Over the years, diving developed into an exciting adventure sport. Moreover, there are improved safety standards for divers, so the chances of accidents are less. However, when did it all start? Let us now “dive” into where it all began.

Scuba Diving- Origins And The Present
Scuba Diving- Origins And The Present

Scuba Diving History And Origins

Diving is common since as far as you can go back in history. People in the coastal areas initially dived for food -catching fish. Slowly, it came out as a profession. People in Arab dove, looking for underwater pearls. Hence, they got the name “pearl divers.” A few years later, people started using diving techniques in warfare. The search and rescue operations of the naval forces in those times have a significant contribution in today’s diving techniques. Over time, new diving equipment arrived. However, in spite of the advanced diving gear, the dangers associated with this sport remain.

The contribution of the French pair of Gagnan and Cousteau made the diving regulator also. It helped in bridging the gap between scuba diving and the modern world. The piece of equipment made it possible for anyone to enjoy this activity. As a result, it became insanely popular among the masses.

Primitive Diving Vessels

In a few years, people started building metallic structures as underwater diving vessels. One notable mention is of Otis Baton’s bathysphere. It was a rounded steel container used in underwater explorations in the 1930s. However, due to an attached steel cable for maintaining air circulation, the vessel had limited movement. An improvement on the bathysphere was Auguste Piccard’s bathyscaphe. Although it had the same design, it could move freely on its own. Another craft, the Trieste mapped the deepest point in the ocean (10,668) in those times.

Scuba Diving- Origins And The Present
Scuba Diving- Origins And The Present

Safety Regulations

As scuba diving grew in popularity, the need arose for regulations and safety code.

However, many organizations established themselves for instructing and certifying sea divers. In 1961, the National Association of Underwater Instructors, and in 1966, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors came into view. Since, the largest organization that teaches diving internationally is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, PADI. Other names in this regard also include NAUI, CMAS, SSI, and BSAC.

Scuba Diving Locations

Some of the essential places for scuba diving are:

  • The Yongala, Australia
  • Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  • Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  • Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
  • Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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