Good information, and thanks for the link to Fisher's store opening. So as to not influence input ideas from other friends I won't comment on my concept of date ranges at this time.ScubaLawyer wrote: ↑Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:33 pmHi Bill,
Not to be too obstreperous, but I guess it depends on how you define "recreational." L.A. County was spitting out scuba instructors beginning in 1955. They went on to teach "recreational " classes. Same with NAUI in 1960, PADI after that, etc...
My dad was scuba diving in 1953, breathed off B-24 Bomber O2 tanks in the 40's diving the reefs off Hawaii, and was freediving and spearfishing in the 1930s. He always considered himself a "recreational" diver because he did it for fun and food. One of my old dive buddies, now in his 80s, did lots of trips to Catalina with Mel Fisher on charter boats from Mel's Aqua Shop starting in 1953 (see below). They were all recreational divers.
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=PVPN1953120 ... N--------1
If you are talking about the push-button wonders of today, I would say early/mid-70s with the advent of the At-Pac. My 2psi.
So if you want a range I'd say 1945 to 1960. If I am incorrect it is only because I was left unsupervised.
P.S. To be more accurate, since a generation is usually defined as 30 years, it would be 1945 - 1975.
It's hard to define the exact years of each period/era that you identified, (and of course there is plenty of overlap of each) but I'd say the first group was most active from mid-40's to early 50's. I'm speaking in terms of the Texas area, and of course we were probably a little behind California on what was happening in the diving communities. In this country the factory equipment was barely here in late 40's, starting with a few SPACO Aqualung's sold in 48-49, then a little later the USD Aqualungs. Still DIY going on into mid 50's. Not able to afford a Scuba set, I cobbled together a hookah rig in 57 or 58. Seems like the original factory diving equipment surge was probably going good by mid 50's, but no major changes in that type of equipment until 60's with the single hose of the late 50's finally coming into notice. Even in the certification course I took in 1965 half the equipment provided was double hose and half single, so single hose regs weren't yet taking over the market, at least not in Texas. By 1970 they had taken over in my area. We opened our dive shop that spring, and at the advice of the USD rep only ordered one double hose regulator in our original order. He was right. I'm pretty sure we only sold one that year.SurfLung wrote: ↑Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:34 pmI think those early DIYers with the re-breathers and the diluters have to be the first generation. Next you have the age of factory diving equipment... Lots of companies making lots of different kinds of equipment... Starting up and then dying out... Where the consumers hadn't yet settled on what would be the most practical and popular. This period was split by the transition from double hose to single hose. Two other eras I can think of are the BCD and Tech generations... I missed both but from what I read it was an exciting time with the BCD generation discouraging the Tech generation... And then the Tech generation ultimately winning out due them turning out to be BIG purchasers of scuba equipment.
Thank you Eben. We should add Nitrox to the two things I was originally thinking of!
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