August 30, 2017 | 6:07 PM
by Shruthi Nair
Deep sea diving can be a life changing experience for many. The whole world that lies beneath the calm blue surface of the ocean is an unadulterated, untouched universe where you might find your own nirvana. Dive into an adventure with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s leading scuba diving training organisation.
Diving as a sport gained popularity in the 1880s when a number of swimming associations started holding amateur plunging events either as a separate activity or as part of any swimming event. However, if you go way back in time, free deep sea or underwater diving was done for hunting and gathering food and other valuables including pearls, corals, and more. Diving since then has undergone tremendous changes over time, from high diving being practised among a small group of enthusiasts to it being a full-fledged activity now as it has seen a number of variations that lets you dive deep into the ocean and discover and learn more about the underwater aquatic life.
It is said that scuba diving emerged out of necessity when a Greek soldier, way back in 500BC, jumped off a broken ship and used a hollow reed to breathe underwater for hours. Many years later, Alexander the Great found a place to hide underwater by creating his own diving bell using a barrel.
Today it isn’t just a recreational activity but is also equated to being a meditative experience by many. Either for survival or for recreation, there clearly was a need for a device that could help people breathe underwater, which was invented in 1940s and since then there has been no looking back.
Unfortunately, there is one thing that hasn’t changed as fast as the evolution of the sport itself in all these years and that is the prevalent gender gap that has always existed within the diving community.
And the solution to that is what PADI came up with. PADI or Profession Association of Diving Instructors is the world’s largest…