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Scuba Diving in India: new Industry ready to Take off?

Posted by Scuba Herald on Jun 13th, 2009 and filed under Scuba Education. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

If PADI wants to get in a market…. well, India could be a very nice $$$$ option. don’t you think? Millions and millions of future Indian divers interested in learning that Diving is Fun and that after diving, we need to Meet People, go Places, And Spend Money in PADI. Anyway… seriously the exotic water sport, scuba diving, is all set to make huge splash in the Indian waters with the country holding out a potential of becoming a booming industry over the next five years, industry sources said.

“We believe the time has come for India to become a major force in the world of scuba diving. It has the potential of becoming a billion dollar industry over the next five years,” said Rohaan Sulaiman, President Bangalore Dive Club, which will be launched on June 14.

Worldwide, the scuba diving industry, including the hospitality factor was estimated to be USD 47 billion, said Madhava Reddy, Founder Director of Planet Scuba India, a scuba diving inland centre, with a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) five star diving centre.

“Today the contribution of scuba diving may be miniscule, but in five years, with the plans under implementation, this adventure will be a significant contributor to sea-based tourism,” he said. Information received also suggest that some prominent names were evincing keen interest in developing it.

Lack of resources and infrastructure could have been the reasons why the sport had not picked up ealier in India despite having a vast coastline, huge population and an economy that was growing, Reddy said.

India which had less less than five dive centres five years ago today boasts of 22 dive centres. “The number is expected to go upto 50 in three to five years” Reddy said.

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