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Scuba diving is an underwater activity loved by professionals, amateurs and novices. You can even see kids scuba diving! Knowing that people from all walks of life can enjoy scuba diving, it’s hard to imagine finding stereotypes. However, many people don’t understand that scuba diving is open to everyone. Some people think that only certain people are allowed to play this sport. Learning more about stereotypes can help us break the stigma around diving!
What are stereotypes?
A stereotype is an assumption made about a group of people or things. For example, a common stereotype is that all blondes are stupid and people who wear glasses are smart. When you assume something about someone because similar people are like that, that’s a stereotype.
In many cases, stereotypes are particularly damaging to Mental Health. When people experience intense and prolonged stereotyping, they may also experience low self-esteem and stress regarding their personality and self.
Stereotypes found in scuba diving
It is a predominantly male sport
It is a common misconception to believe that scuba diving is more for men than for women. Like many sports, scuba diving was once dominated by men. However, time has advanced, and more and more women dive. The stigma around scuba diving being too difficult is quickly shattered. Previously, many believed that women could not sustain the physical and mental strength required for scuba diving. This is not the case! With proper training and instruction, both men and women have what it takes to be a diver. All divers, regardless of gender, must undergo physical and mental training. With a trained body and mind, anyone can do it.
Everybody’s an adrenaline junkie
Scuba diving is not just for adrenaline junkies. Many have the false belief that scuba diving is a strenuous activity that pushes you beyond your comfort zone. Some people also think that scuba diving is similar to skydiving. While many people love scuba diving because it pushes them to improve their minds and bodies, that’s not the only reason it’s enjoyed. Another reason people think scuba diving is an intense sport is that divers often encounter large and dangerous sea creatures. However, there are plenty of opportunities for people to enjoy the calming nature of scuba diving. Divers often enjoy the solitude and deep breathing exercises it takes to dive.
It’s not for everyone
Perhaps the most common stereotype about scuba diving is that it’s not for everyone. However, scuba diving is for everyone and anyone! As stated earlier, the only thing you need to be a scuba diver is relatively good health and proper training. There are physical prerequisites for scuba diving, such as learning to swim, lung health and ear health. Once you have answered the medical questionnaires, you are ready for training! Many may worry about not being able to dive due to a physical disability; however, many people with disabilities can enjoy scuba diving! If you have the passion and motivation for scuba diving, call your local dive shop to find out how to get started!