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Sport Diving (Scuba)

Sport Diving is an underwater aquatic sport, where aspects of scuba diving are performed in a swimming pool. The sport which originated in Spain to promote scuba diving, is currently played in many European countries.

underwater scuba diving underwater scuba diving at Mallorca. photo credit: Olivier Borgognon (freeimages.com)

The sport primarily uses scuba diving equipment, some of which are, diving masks, fins, snorkels, diving cylinder, and full body swim suits. Some divers might also carry watches for personal timekeeping.

Sport diving competitions are conducted for both men and women, and can be contested individually or in teams of 2 or 4 members. Competitions are conducted in a pool that is 50 meters long and at least 2 meters deep.

Currently, there are five disciplines of sport diving for which international level competitions are conducted. Three of them are contested individually, the other two in teams. The individual events are, Event M 300 meters, Night diving and Immersion 6 kg. The team events are, Obstacle course and Briefing. In some regional and national competitions, additional events might also be included. In all sport diving events, the team or individual that completes the course in the least amount of time is declared as the winner.

The most popular international competition for sport diving is the Underwater Sport Diving World Championship, which is conducted annually. European Sport Diving Championship, is another international competition that is conducted biennially.

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