1. ABOUT RECREATIONAL DIVING
When doing Recreational Diving we are diving with a SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) gear to explore the underwater world. We are diving within the limits depending of our level and we do not do decompression dives.
2. ABOUT DIVING HISTORY
The first stories of divers date from 800 to 600BC (Greek history). At that time they did not have any dive equipment and were diving for combat. They were using hollow reeds as snorkel. 400BC they were using diving bells.
In 1500, some drawing of the precursor Leonard de Vinci are showing an air tank with no need of external connections.
In 1720, the first submarine made of a hopper of wood for one person brings a man up to 20 meters.
In 1808, Touboulic designed the first rebreather. The air was going through a sponge and the diver could manually add the oxygen from the O2 reservoir.
In the early 19th century, the diving helmet was commonly used but still the diver were connected to the surface with an air pump.
In 1860 a French inventor, Benoit Rouquayrol, designed a self-contained breathing set with an air tank. At that stage the diver could still only walk and did not yet have swimming possibilities.
Around 1900, high-pressure cylinders with a constant flow started to be produced. The first demand regulator appeared in 1937.
For the fans of underwater photography: did you know that: the first underwater camera was invented by Louis Boutain in 1893?
In the early 20th century, the Japanese invented the first diving mask and used it to collect gold bars that sunk with Yasamaru in 1924.
In the 50s, recreational diving was still dedicated to people who had a specific training, good stamina, were wealthy, and that could make or create his own diving kit.
Jean Yves Cousteau, a French legend, was participating intensively in the evolution of the diving gear and the dive trainings education. In 1945, he could successfully use his creation: the open-circuit SCUBA system and could dive freely without any hose from the surface.
It's in France that the first scuba diving school was created using the ancestral double hose scuba. Then a school started teaching in Australia with the modern single hose scuba.
Until the 50s, the army, the navy and other organizations gathering professional divers were the only ones performing this discipline.
NAUI was formed in 1959 and started Professional instructions.
3. RECREATIONAL DIVING TODAY
Nowadays, recreational diving is a fancy sport counting an increasing number of enthusiasts with more than 200 brands proposing plethora of dive equipment that is affordable, comfortable, easy to use, safe and reliable.
Read more about how to get certified in our Diving Trainings section.