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There you are totally weightless quietly soaring just above the sea floor with only the smallest amount of physical exertion Small fish come out of their holes to look at you How about that You are the curiosity You are the thing that does not belong Perhaps this is why you dive You are taking part in exploring mans last ecological frontier The very thought would excite anyone whose blood still flows in his veins The diver is the observer he looks at everything he can He totally forgets the outside world Reseck 4 When I first read this piece I got goose bumps For years man has explored this vast universe spending millions of dollars and only making a tiny scratch on its surface For me to be able to explore a world completely different from mine sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime When I had to choose a topic for my senior project scuba diving was the most compelling of all This paper is about the development and use the techniques and the physiological concerns of scuba diving Man underwater dates all the way back to the Iliad but sports diving for fun and for a profession is fairly new If one has ever been underwater he should know that breathing is impossible In the early 1940s Jaques Yves-Cousteau a Frenchman developing something that is now a very important asset to scuba diving It is known to us as a regulator The regulator conserved air by releasing only the amount of air the diver needed to breathe This increased the time the diver could stay down on one tank of air to about one hour if he were in shallow depths Cousteaus regulator was simple and inexpensive and marked the beginning of the sport of scuba diving The sport grew somewhat slowly through the late 40s and early 50s because although the diver could now stay underwater for an extended period
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