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Scuba diving motivation

ByKEE MUN WONG, THINARANJENEY THIRUMOORTHI AND GHAZALI MUSA

Introduction The Travel Industry Association (1998) identifi es scuba diving as a hard adventure activity that shares common characteristics with rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, skydiving, and snowboarding. The activity possesses elements of risk, danger, and uncertainty (Ewert 2001) in the interaction of divers with the marine environment. Nevertheless, divers travel from many parts of the world to distant places to experience the beauty of marine life (Tabata 1992). In the scuba diving industry, the state of coral reefs and the number and variety of marine creatures play important roles in its sustainability (Ngazy et al. 2001).