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Needed: a new quarry diving MODEL
Airworks - 8/16/2019 8:17 AM
Having dove in numerous quarries since the late-60’s, I have substantial experience in this type of dive environment. It appears to me that the primary reason for the decade-long decline in local diving is the general unattractive and ho-hum nature of the quarry/lake diving ambience. The history of scuba diving in quarries shows that their primary use by dive shop owners, dive instructors, and quarry site managers has been overwhelmingly oriented around training and certifying divers on the tech...
Time to Ramp up Inland Diving
Airworks - 7/31/2019 3:45 AM
The subject of inland/local diving continues to be a subject of intense discussion within the dive industry. The noticeable decade-long decline in local diver participation has created concern in the minds of many dive industry leaders. In fact, one well-known dive instructor in the mid-Atlantic area made the comment that the dive industry is actually DYING! Many problems have been presented and debated, but very few and practical solutions have been forthcoming. DEMA’s "Go Dive Now" program is ...
Needed: A Paradigm Shift in How the Dive Industry Views Inland Diving
Airworks - 7/30/2019 3:56 AM
I recently corresponded with two well-known scuba diving professionals in the dive industry who were honest enough to admit that they are not thrilled about local (quarry and lake) diving. One made the following statement, which was echoed by the other: "I applaud local diving efforts, but I have dove in 55 degree water. It’s miserable and very difficult to train new open water divers, the lifeblood for dive shops." Many divers sympathize with those sentiments. The stereotypical descriptions of ...
Blue Mind and SCUBA Blue Mind and SCUBA
Airworks - 7/28/2019 8:38 AM
While driving from Virginia to North Carolina’s coast for a chartered dive to explore the famous U-352 submarine, my buddies and I decided to take turns reading (out loud for the benefit of the rest) Wallace J. Nichols’ recent book titled “Blue Mind.” We found it to be a very enlightening exposition of why humans are irresistibly drawn to water. “Blue Mind” is a compelling and profound look at how water affects us on every level of human existence: psychological, emotional, physical, and behavio...
Solo/Self-Reliant Diving: Is it for you? Solo/Self-Reliant Diving: Is it for you?
Airworks - 7/27/2019 6:45 PM
From the days of Jacques Ives Cousteau and the birth of SCUBA, recreational divers have been instructed to always dive in teams of two or more “buddies.” All diving-related activities – equipment checks, descents, ascents, etc., are all to be performed in groups. The “buddy system”, as it is known, is intended to provide safety, fun, and socialization. When the system functions as intended, with two or more competent divers joining forces underwater, the diving experience can be all it’s meant t...
Scuba is so much more than just a sport!
Airworks - 4/25/2016 7:00 PM
I’ve heard it said that scuba diving is just a sport. Several veteran divers I’ve recently spoken with understand that local/inland diving is a very important part of the dive industry, but also went on to comment that “diving is really more about socializing around hotdogs and hamburgers than just getting wet.” The social aspects of diving are obviously important. However, social opportunities are numerous and plentiful, and most require very little commitment in terms of physical risks and fin...
Musings of a "Fun Diver"
Airworks - 3/21/2016 6:56 PM
Though I try to hit the coast for some ocean diving at least three times a year (and as often as possible when traveling), my diving focus is inland (Virginia). I’m the kind of diver that enjoys simply getting wet, and it really doesn’t matter where that is. Give me a mud hole with at least 3’ feet to get prone in where I can blow bubbles while experiencing weightlessness and the sensation of flying for awhile, and I’m game. During the winter months, I tend to be one of the few divers using a we...
The Pros and Cons of Inland Diving
Airworks - 3/20/2016 2:20 PM
Let’s take a look at some positive and negative aspects of getting wet in quarries and/or lakes. Pros: - Quarries/lakes offer convenience and affordability for divers living inland and away from the coast. - Quarries/lakes frequently have challenging environmental aspects like poor visibility, very cold temperatures/thermoclines, and various levels of silt and muck buildup. They help divers acclimate to difficult and demanding underwater situations. This is particularly true in terms of early sk...