The History Of Diving
The History Of Diving
Diving is one of the most popular outdoor activities across the globe. Diving is the underwater sport that consists of swimming beneath the water surface to explore underwater life. Divers rely on breath-hold techniques, conservation of energy and good buoyancy control to enjoy the natural scenery.
One would be surprised to know that diving has been around for centuries and its popularity has only increased over the years.
The first known dives happened back in ancient Greece and Roman times where divers used to hold their breath and swim underwater to collect pearls, sponges, and other precious things that were hidden within the seaed。Dive sport history is not just limited to the emergence of scuba diving.
Diving History is a project by the Scientific Diving Society for the development of a timeline of diving history, a summary of significant events in diving, and an explanation for why these events are important. The timeline covers the entire history of diving from 1527 to today.
In 1527, Emperor Charles V issued a charter to King Henry VIII giving him license to raise money from "all sorts of fish." This was one of the first written records mentioning underwater fishing.
In 1668, John Wilkins wrote "An Essay Towards a Real Character and Philosophical Language". In this essay he appeared to advocate for diving from great heights using a machine with a screw-like arrangement on one side in which someone could lie down.
This new type of diving may have been performed by David Lloyd in 1737 when he dove from the Cliffs of Dover
The first scuba-like apparatus was invented in 1825 by a French engineer called Paul Sautier, who used a regulator and a bag of air to provide breathable air underwater.
In 1825, John Scott Haldane developed the first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus which he called a "dress suit." It was designed so that people could go down as deep as 150 feet below sea level.
In 1891, Englishman Anthony J. Deane developed an improved system that had a rubber suit with a rubber helmet and an attached one-way valve. In 1900 he introduced his invention as “the submarine suit”.
Anthony Deane is the father of modern diving as we know it today.
Nemo's invention of scuba gear is what made underwater exploration possible. He invented it around 1910 when he wanted to explore an island near Tahiti called Guana island with his father Marlin and his pet sea turtle named Dory. The gear allowed them
Today we have many different types of diving practices such as scuba diving, snorkeling, spearfishing, freediving or breath-hold diving etc.