Spin off from another thread.
Based on purely empirical evidence, diving is on the decline in the UK. Dive shops closing, fewer dive boats running, smaller dive shows and even declining BSAC membership, it is clear that diving is declining in popularity. Worse still, grey hair dominates which is the death knell for diving as it's a fit and heathy person's sport.
Why could that be?
One can see why diving favours the old and established simply due to the costs and commitment required to meet in some dank car park, gassed up and prepared for an uncomfortable steam out to a dive site for which the ferryman will want ~£50 on top of the travel, kit and time costs to just be there.
I'm curious as to how we got here. After all the active divers amongst us have been doing this for some time.
Are we the mad ones wanting to drop into inner space to experience nature and history first hand? The thrill of exploring places that few have seen, seeing nature's marvels, putting in endless hours of practice and investing thousands of pounds on kit....
Decline isn't just a diving phenomenon. Caving, sailing, etc. All seeing their increasingly aging enthusiasts.
Why? What's wrong with the young? Shirley they can't all be shallow weaklings...