Scuba divers: The thrill of risk or the search for tranquility

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Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to gain insight into the motives, perceptions and behaviours of adventure tourists engaged in scuba diving, with the intent of revealing the nature of the experience sought by these tourists. Specifically, we examined whether there is a balance between the thrill of risk vs. the search for total relaxation and tranquility. In-depth interviews with scuba divers indicated that scuba diving represented a search for relaxation rather than the pursuit of risk. Even the divers who were well aware of the risks and of their fears, almost never explicitly expressed the possible fear-associated sensations of thrill and of adrenaline rush. New issues and motivations associated with scuba diving were identified, including the crucial role of the diving partner. A four-quadrant model for classifying scuba divers along the dimensions of tranquility and risk perception is presented as a means to integrate the various behaviours of the divers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-156
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Recreation Research
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Adventure tourism
  • Risk perception
  • Scuba diving
  • Tourist behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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