An Overview of Recreational Scuba Diving, Part 2

By Oscar

Scuba equipment is also used by professional and technical groups of divers. In other words, they are not constrained by the recreational scuba diving criteria listed above.

Professional diving is done for military, governmental, commercial or scientific purposes. Accordingly, professional divers are paid to dive and have specific missions for each dive they conduct, which could include search and recovery, exploration for oil, mapping ancient wrecks or examination of new species of fish.

Technical diving is the term for all diving that exceeds recreational limits but is not engaged in for profit. Although many technical divers believe they are engaging in a recreational activity, the nature of this type of diving and specialized equipment used exceed the recreational scuba diving boundaries. Technical diving is best described as any diving that is outside the scope of the recreational dive planner. In other words, diving to greater depths with specialized dive tables, following different decompression limits, using mixed gas, etc. Some examples of technical diving include:
Cave diving
Ice diving
Very deep diving (in excess of 130 feet)
Mixed gas diving such as Nitrox or Trimix
Deep-penetration wreck diving
Diving with specialized life-support equipment

Technical diving is taught by agencies other than the regular recreational certification agencies. However, PADI has recently become involved in teaching various areas of technical diving that include Nitrox certification and rebreather courses.

Divers interested in obtaining technical training in areas such as deep diving with mixed gases, cave diving, etc. will find a variety of schools specializing in this type of training in Florida. But, be prepared it’s not inexpensive.

The Increasing Popularity of Scuba Diving

At present, an estimated 3.5 million Americans participate in recreational scuba diving. In addition to these millions of divers, each year another 500,000 receive their open water certification in the United States. Back in the 1950s when scuba diving was just starting out, its participants consisted mostly of young men. However, in recent years a growing trend of women participating in the sport has been observed as well as people of all age groups.

Scuba diving is a wonderful sport that can by enjoyed by anyone over the age of 12. Unlike other sports, no physical athletic prowess is required, only the desire to learn, the enjoyment of the underwater environment and enough physical strength to handle the equipment and varied conditions underwater.

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