Essay on Scuba Diving Has Taken Many Lives Over The Years

1295 Words Nov 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Scuba diving has taken many lives over the years. According to research, in 1975 there were about 213,000 divers in the United States. By 1990, there were about 2.45-3.1 million. This increase in numbers means that the number of recreational divers is increasing quickly, and there is a clear need for awareness of dangers and injuries that may occur. Coral reefs, shipwrecks, caverns, and many other underwater treasures around the world are great for scuba divers wanting to explore the underwater world. Although scuba diving is a worldwide popular sport, there are many dangers that affect humans as they participate in this activity. Pulmonary embolisms and decompression sickness are just two out of many dangers, and they develop because of increased pressure. Pressure increases rapidly underwater the farther down you go, and divers should take that into account before diving more than a few hundred feet. Most people who dive do not know about any of the dangers they may face before they participate; they then dive underwater without knowing what may happen to them. This leads to the question of whether scuba diving is a dangerous recreational activity, and how can researchers prevent divers from getting hurt in the future. Is scuba diving really classified as a dangerous activity, and why is it so dangerous? In the past as well as now in the present, researchers, such as The Divers Alert Network, have noted an average rate of 90 fatalities per year since 1980. The Divers…

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