Leisure and SCUBA diving safety tips during and after COVID-19


AYGÜN Y. , TÜFEKÇİ Ş.

COGENT SOCIAL SCIENCES, cilt.6, 2020 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted travel and scuba diving operations around the world in an unprecedented way. As the impact of the virus spreading and receding from each country evolves, local regulations adapt, creating a patchwork of situations that is hard to stay up to date with. The aim of this study was to bring together safety tips to be followed when pursuing leisure and Recreational SCUBA Diving during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen divers' commitment to and interest in the underwater world. An interpretive qualitative methodology was deemed appropriate to achieve the study's research objectives. A focus group interview was held via a "Google Meet video meeting" with eight participants who were both specialist physicians and diving professionals. The analysis turned up four main themes: (1) High Standards in Diving Services and Diving Gear Hygiene, (2) Diving Trip Safety, (3) Diver Training Safety, (4) Social Change for Social Support. COVID-19 is experienced as a life-changing event that shows a kaleidoscopic view of leisure-adventure limitation. We stress that the conceptualization of limitation must be considered due to its service philosophy and sociopolitical aspirations. Thus, creating conceptual and holistic safety protocols for Recreational SCUBA Diving experience can inspire people to discover their passions, to self-realize, to form trust-based relationships with the outside world its actors.