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dc.contributor.author Cater, Carl Ian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-24T16:54:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-24T16:54:45Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12-31
dc.identifier.citation Cater , C I 2008 , ' The life aquatic: scuba diving and the experiential imperative ' Tourism in Marine Environments , vol 5 , no. 4 , pp. 233-244 . , 10.3727/154427308788714777 en
dc.identifier.issn 1544-273X
dc.identifier.other PURE: 148123
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/4535
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4535
dc.description Cater, C. I. (2009). The life aquatic: scuba diving and the experiential imperative. Tourism in Marine Environments, 5, (4), 233-244. en
dc.description.abstract There has been significant growth in the number of qualified scuba divers over the last 30 years, and although estimates are vague, there may be as many as 14 million qualified divers worldwide. Although centered on what may be thought of as primarily a recreational practice, it is also a very strong force for marine tourism. This is compounded by the fact that many active divers live in temperate climes, and prefer to engage in the sport, sometimes exclusively, when visiting tropical regions on holiday. A significant dive tourism industry has therefore emerged to cater for these requirements and has been subject to academic and policy inquiry. However, as this article argues, much of this has been focused on management of impacts without adequate attention on diver motivations, which can considerably inform and assist the former. Consequently this article seeks to examine this activity through the grounded perspectives of scuba divers themselves, in parallel to a categorization of leisure motivation suggested by Beard and Ragheb in 1983. However, the work seeks to note that, in addition to these categories, the scuba diving experience is also profoundly embodied, entailing a wide range of sensations and feelings, many of which may be new to the first-time diver. These are explained through concepts of embodied experience, which is a rich arena for marine tourism research inquiry. en
dc.format.extent 12 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Tourism in Marine Environments en
dc.subject SCUBA DIVING en
dc.subject MOTIVATIONS en
dc.subject EMBODIMENT en
dc.subject GREAT BARRIER REEF en
dc.title The life aquatic: scuba diving and the experiential imperative en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427308788714777
dc.contributor.institution School of Management & Business en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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