|M.Sc Student||Erez Ofir|
|Subject||The Study of the Seashore Diving Phase and Design of a|
Diving Equipment Supportive Object
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Bitterman Noemi|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
Recreational diving has developed extensively over the years, becoming a popular sport and leisure activity, attracting millions of people around the world. It was previously demonstrated that the most problematic stages for recreational divers were on-land activities such as carrying equipment on shore,
This research studied the early terrestrial phase of diving from putting on the equipment until beginning the dive, and later emerging from the dive. Based on it a design a concept for a supportive object that will help the divers moving the diving equipment under different ground conditions was developed.
Observations, video recordings and interviews were conducted at different diving clubs and diving sites, following and documenting divers' activities. The follow-up focused on the terrestrial phases of the diving including reorganizing the equipment, transportation on shore, putting on and off the gear, storage and maintenance. Market survey of different carrying solutions from non-diving sports fields (e.g. golf, ski) was performed.
A variety of spatial configurations for organizing the complete diving and personal equipment and carrying it on shore were computerized and presented as alternative design concepts
The design concept
The diving equipment and personal accessories will be arranged on the transport accessory, which will ease the moving of equipment under various shore conditions. The way the equipment will be arranged in the transport accessory, will enable proper maintenance, protection and preservation the equipment. During the phase when getting set up for the dive, the transport accessory will serve as a convenient stand for removing the equipment, in order to make this task easier on the diver.
An innovative design of the diver’s terrestrial environment, based on human factors principles will heighten divers’ enjoyment of the sport and improve divers’ health. Our aim is also to increase the number of active recreational divers who see diving as an enjoyable sport and leisure activity.
This research looks at the field of diving from an innovative and less familiar perspective, studying shore activities (before and after the dive), in contrast to the majority of studies focusing on equipment and tasks during the dive itself (deep underwater activity).