Recreational SCUBA-Diving - a motivation for health sport?

Uwe Hoffmann, Heike Gatermann, Karl-Heinz Schmitz, Ingo Meßer

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Title: Recreational SCUBA-Diving - a motivation for health sport?

Author: Dr. Uwe Hoffmann (VDST/German Sport University)

Co-Author: Heike Gatermann (VDST), Karl-Heiz Schmitz (VDST), Ingo Meßer (VDST)

Recreational SCUBA diving may be seen as outdoor activity to enhance the activity level of sedentary people. If SCUBA dives include some distances of underwater swimming the workloads might be comparable with walking or hiking.
The perspective of eventful dives may also be a motivation for regular finswimming training. The motivation might be enhanced by yearly performance ratings. In 2013, the German Underwater Federation (VDST) relaunched their finwimming badge (Leistungsabzeichen Flossenschwimmen) in conjunction with a nationwide campaign of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, DOSB) of the German Sports Badge (Deutsches Sportabzeichen, DSA). In this way we link, in an ideal way, the tradition of an almost 100-year-old history with the fitness idea of modern society. Finswimming is now one option to fulfill the criteria of the DSA in the endurance category.
The requirements of the finswimming badge vary by age and gender and covers 4 disciplines: 25m sprint, 100 m, 400 m and 800 m distances as representatives of different endurance requirements ranked in three levels: Bronce, Silver, Gold. The overall rating will be given by the lowest rating in all disciplines (see Fig. 1 for women time limits of 100 m as one example).
The advantage of finswimming as activity is obvious: Training activities can be varied in a wide range from snorkeling to activities with SCUBA. Both the perspective of an increased safety in SCUBA dives and the effect for health may motivate even those people who are dissociated from other sports. Typical examples are obese people due to the fact the buoyancy compensates the body weight significantly. The combination of SCUBA diving and finswimming gives a chance to improve their work capacities also for other sports. Another positive effect is the increase in water safety.
In summary, this variety of in-water activities related to SCUBA diving gives an excellent example how to improve health and safety by attractive training offers.

Corresponding Author:
Name: Dr. Uwe Hoffmann
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Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationWorld Congress of Drowning Prevention 2013 : Conference Abstracts
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventWorld Congress of Drowning Prevention 2013 - Potsdam, Germany
Duration: 21.10.201322.10.2013