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The Scuba Diving Industry by the Business of Diving Institute (BODI)

Dive Industry Statistics | Market Data

Entry-level open water certifications rebounded in the USA in April, May, and June of 2021 but are still below the pre-pandemic level.

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This article is produced as an addendum to our analysis of entry-level open water scuba certifications in the first quarter of 2021 in the USA.

Good News in Q2

For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, scuba diving certifications were up in the USA, compared to the prior year.

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Scuba Diving Industry Market Size & Statistics: 2021 Edition

MIAMI — AUGUST 31, 2021: Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe has joined forces with Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) and Halcyon Dive Systems to support the Business of Diving Institute research on the size of the dive industry.

Reliable scuba diving industry market data is hard to find. Some scuba statistics…

Dive Industry Strategy | Dive Center Management

Thinking outside the box to improve the quality of the experience and generate adepts of the underwater world coming back to us, over and over again.

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Heads up: This piece is meant to be controversial to “shake things up”, and invite us to think outside the proverbial box and get better.

The famous discover scuba diving (DSD) or scuba tryout… It is a peculiar beast.

One of its purposes is to be a money-making activity for…

Dive Industry Stakeholders | Scuba & COVID-19

How two European scuba diving gear manufacturers turned a negative (the pandemic) into a positive.

Production of Closed-Circuit Rebreathers at Divesoft in the Czech Republic
Production of Closed-Circuit Rebreathers at Divesoft in the Czech Republic

COVID-19 had an impact on nearly every industry. One might assume diving-oriented businesses would be in a category of those hit the hardest. However, sometimes a company’s ability to adapt to a new climate brings about surprising results. …

Dive Industry Statistics | Market Data

The global recreational scuba diving equipment market size was valued at $1.95 billion in 2019 and is forecasted to reach this level again in 2023, post-pandemic recession.

Scuba Diving Equipment Market Size 2021–2025
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In the face of a growing number of scammers offering expensive fake dive industry market studies online, the Business of Diving Institute is clarifying the current status of the scuba diving gear industry.

With a steady decline in the scuba diving participation rate (-4.6% average annual decline over the last…

Dive Industry Statistics | Scuba Instructors

Is it possible to make a living as a recreational scuba diving instructor? What to expect, financially.

The Economics of Being a Recreational Scuba Diving Instructor
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InDepth magazine and Scubanomics joined hands to conduct a survey from May to July of 2021 on the economics of being a dive instructor.

In the first article based on the survey results, and published in InDepth magazine, we looked specifically at the economics of being a tech diving instructor.

In this second article, we will be looking at recreational scuba diving instructors — those without tech diving instruction credentials.

Dive Industry Statistics | Market Data

Open water scuba diving certifications in the USA per region and state in the first quarter of 2021

scuba diving statistics usa
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You may also be interested in: Addendum for Q2 (April, May, June) certification numbers.

While some parts of the planet are re-opening to scuba diving tourism, some regions remain totally closed, like Fiji and Yap. …

Dive Industry Statistics & Market Data

Scuba diving, snorkeling, and freediving gear sales during the COVID-19 pandemic year. Market research report.

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The verdict is in!

Sales of dive gear during 2020, at wholesale, dropped by 20% compared to 2019, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and freediving equipment.

Dive Industry & Watersports Market Research

Your help is requested to assemble a comprehensive compilation of available watersports market research and scuba diving industry statistics

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Over the last few years, Scubanomics produced numerous scuba diving industry analyses available to all dive professionals on In doing so, we reviewed a considerable amount of dive industry market data from a wide variety of sources.

We have listed market data sources we consider the most reliable and…

Dive Industry Strategy | News & Editorials | Dive Professional Career

Who stands to gain in a renewed dive industry? Which dive gear brand? Scuba diving training agency? Dive resort? Local dive shop?

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Updated on May 31, 2021.

The scuba diving industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and was already facing copious challenges before this ordeal. But running for the hills is not always the only choice in difficult times! In many cases, problems are opportunities — for real! …


The Scuba Diving Industry by the Business of Diving Institute (BODI)

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