The number of people that went scuba diving in 2022 edged closer to the number of folks who did it before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to dive industry marker data compiled by Scubanomics.
Scubanomics found that around 2.7 million Americans dove at least once during 2022, and the participation rate increased by 7.3 percent that year compared to the previous one.
Additionally, the number of casual divers went up by 12.1 percent compared to a drop in “core divers” of 5.1 percent, Scubanomics reported:
“Scuba diving is increasingly a casual activity done during a vacation that includes many other activities. Baby boomers were ‘all in’ and went to dive resorts offering nothing but scuba diving. But the younger generations are not that committed. Scuba diving is just one thing they do in-between other activities.”
Check out the full report here.