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Bermuda Diving -
A Grand and Glorious History
The earliest sailors called Bermuda the "Isle of Devils” because its treacherous waters were such a menace to navigation.
The protective barrier reefs killed over 500 vessels, depositing more shipwrecks on the ocean floor per square mile than anywhere else.
Legends die hard, and today this same small island group forms the apex of our dreaded Bermuda Triangle, a zone in which planes as well as ships are said to disappear with terrible regularity.
The continuous shuttle of tourists by air and cruise ship would appear to belie the power of the Bermuda Triangle.
But was a nightmarish misfortune for many early explorers is now a wreck diver's dream. Most vessels are just off shore in shallow water, contain plenty of interesting remains, and are easily accessible during the summer months.
Bermuda was a pioneer in sport diving. Its history extends back even to the 1930's, long before Cousteau's aqua‑lung, to the days when Bronson Hartley fashioned his first compressor‑fed helmets to take tourists on a walk of the ocean floor.
For decades, Bermuda was the only place in the world where tourists could breathe compressed air beneath the sea. Many years later, Bronson Hartley's family still takes out tourists
Bermuda's shipwreck fleet also created some of diving's earliest treasure hunting excitement. The Mel Fisher of the 1950's was a fellow by the name of Teddy Tucker, who located millions on Bermuda's reefs.
Despite this heritage, as diving began to grow as a serious sport and divers spread out to all the islands, Bermuda generally was by‑passed in favor of the Caribbean. The reason?
"Bermuda simply was too expensive," says a long‑time Bermuda dive master. "Bermuda priced itself out of the diving market."
when Bermuda's prices became more reasonable with the availability of guest houses and more cruise ships carrying experienced pros and novices wanting to explore the Bermuda Triangle in depth.
Still, Bermuda is never likely to become an important dive destination. Divers normally don't spend as much as those staying at high-end hotels, golf enthusiasts, honeymooners, bargain shoppers and cruise passengers.
That's a loss for those who don't visit.
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