TO “AIR” IS HU­MAN?

Asian Diver (English) - - Front Page - By David Strike

TRYING TO FORECAST where we’re go­ing is made in­fin­itely eas­ier when we’re able to look back and see where we’ve been! More of­ten than not it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­er­cise in hind­sight, one that man­ages to re­veal that where we are to­day is not nec­es­sar­ily where we thought or hoped we’d be when we dreamed – a decade or more ago – of what the fu­ture might hold. Recre­ational div­ing is no ex­cep­tion – as I dis­cov­ered while flick­ing through the musty pages of my hoard of old div­ing magazines.

Re­flect­ing the changes that have taken place in our ap­proach to div­ing over the last half-cen­tury, many of those pub­li­ca­tions have be­come noth­ing more than vague mem­o­ries. With small cir­cu­la­tions and ap­peal­ing to an equally small num­ber of div­ing en­thu­si­asts, much of the ed­i­to­rial em­pha­sis was on the DIY ad­ven­ture of div­ing. (One of them ad­vised read­ers on how to make an un­der­wa­ter light by link­ing up four 1.5-volt dry cell bat­ter­ies in se­ries with a sol­der­ing iron. “Scrounge an old torch re­flec­tor and bulb holder and at­tach your wires to a six volt bulb. Shove the lot into a half-pound pre­serv­ing jar and pack it tight with news­pa­per so the re­flec­tor is pressed against the bot­tom of the jar. Join up the two wires be­fore you leap over the side. A night dive is worth wast­ing a set of bat­ter­ies any­way.

We’ve come a long way since

the early days of ni­trox

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