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     In 1943, Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnon revolutionized the world of diving with the invention of the Aqualung, or Self-Contained-Underwater-Breathing-Apparatus (SCUBA). Since then, scuba diving has become one of the main ways of performing underwater research. Divers descend to various depths in order to observe and gather information about the underwater environment, from minerals, and plant life, to animal species and environmental impacts. There are many forms of diving, including cave diving, wreck diving, and deep-sea diving. Many also dive for recreational purposes. Thanks to the innovation and availability of modern diving technology, anyone can have the chance to explore the underwater world.

     For all its appeal, diving can be a very dangerous activity. Besides the immediate concerns of air, pressure, and temperature, keep in mind that during a dive, you may carry up to 75 lbs. of equipment into the water with you. You must have absolute control of all equipment in order to ensure safety. Concerns regarding sports equipment in terms of diving include breathing, buoyancy, visibility, and temperature control.