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SCUBA Research Paper

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by SeaTriskeLion, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    Those are the words in the encyclopedia under the picture of nitrox.

    Starting with not spelling it “incorrectly” as Nitrox (or NitrOx), how it began as a tool and evolved as a marketing device, the absolute social disregard or ignorance of the scientific application, the high level of emotion propelling the social allegiance.

    It is a ubiquitous topic up to the “beginner 80% level” of social discussion,

    So nitrox is the perfect topic.

    What you are proposing: no research, internet searching, encouraging conversation, and expecting a conclusion?

    Isn’t that Eienstein’s definition of insanity? Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results?

    Tilting at windmills.
  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse

    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...

    Moved from Basic to Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations
  3. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
    There are so many wonderful things to talk write about.
    • Plastic pollution in the oceans
    • Diving in the movies vs. reality. For example, 47 Meters down
    • People's irrational fear of sharks and the importance of sharks in the oceans
    • Why do divers use Air/Nitrox/Trimix? What are the reasons for them
    • DCS - What are the causes and symptoms and how to treat

    I can go on all day but there are so many wonderful topics. I guess if I was you I'd focus my attention on a topic that matches my major.
  4. agilis

    agilis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: N.J.
    The aging of the US scuba diving population. The average age of scuba divers seems to be increasing as fewer new divers are certified or, once certified, remain active. Connections to reef degradation? Expenses involved? The digital device revolution?
    Doc and Sh0rtBus like this.
  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    How about Millennial attitudes toward anything that requires commitment and isn't learned overnight.
    Coztick, sigxbill, Doc and 1 other person like this.
  6. SeaTriskeLion

    SeaTriskeLion Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Pacific Northwest - Southeastern WA
    I am a Psychology major, but I would like to go into a field working with animals such as in a zoo/aquarium. The paper doesn't have to be directly related, but hey if I can put it on my resume that I did a research paper on a related topic, that's a bonus I guess. :p
    So, probably something that is more factual than opinion-based. I know I mentioned opinions at the top, but what I meant by that is a topic that perhaps most people ignore the factual evidence that's out there and mostly go by word of mouth or opinion - that way I could bring the factual evidence to a focus on a topic worth doing that with.

    Haha, unfortunately as much as I would love to actually do the research myself, this is a course on Research Writing, meaning they're teaching us how to "read and analyze scholarly material critically, evaluating ideas, evidence, logic, and sources," and "interpret research and scholarly materials toward constructing a well-documented research paper."

    Thank you so much for the suggestions and input so far! I'll write some of these down and do a little digging on them. Feel free to keep the ideas coming! This paper is going to be 10 pages long, so whatever topic it is needs to be something that can survive a discussion that long. :p
  7. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    Dive computers have made diving much much easier to dive safely today (if used correctly). I would find it interesting to read how these computers have changed or not changed/impacted the population of people who are taking up diving.

    In addition it would also be interesting to hear if computers, integrated air and non-integrated air, are causing more safety issues if divers become unsafe by not thinking and letting their computer do all the “safety” thinking for them.

    No what you write on, I’d love to read your paper. When is it due?
  8. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    Another more general topic...... Why are people attracted to scuba diving? Why do people continue to dive or stop diving?
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  9. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tuttle, Ok
    If you're interested in statistics, do a comparative study on the number of dive accidents per year in relation to the length of the classes required for openwater Scuba, the various agencies, and add in the accident ratios with the inclusion of new equipment... common Octo, no more j-valves, spg, inflatable bcd, dive computers, ditchable weights, etc. to see if any single piece of equipment shows a numerical reduction in the accident/fatality rate. Fatal accidents should be reported...not sure about dive accidents.

    Have dive computers significantly reduced the number of DCS hits?

    Do SOLO divers have a higher fatality rate?

    A timeline overlay would be interesting to see.

    I believe DAN or PADI (maybe both?) retains an annual dive accident report log but I don't know how far it goes back.

    Good luck,
  10. SeaTriskeLion

    SeaTriskeLion Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Pacific Northwest - Southeastern WA
    The final draft is due on March 19. Yeah, if you guys are interested I can keep you updated and somehow make the paper available for you to read once it's completed. I don't want to put a 10-page paper in a forum post, but I could probably provide a link to it.

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