“For a great many people, this is as near being a space traveler as you’ll ever get. It’s abandoning planet Earth and entering an outsider world.”
That is the means by which we describe the excitement of lashing on self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and diving into the depths of the ocean. We are not the only one in this excitement: Scuba diving is an enormously mainstream sport, with more than 3.1 million divers in the U.S., as per a 2017 report by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. All things considered, potential divers may be threatened by the required training and costs, or by how the dangers of the sport are delineated in popular culture (The Shallows, anybody?). In any case, underneath the uneven surface, scuba diving is a safe pastime like any other.