What can SCUBA do for you?: a phenomenological exploration of the haptic sense in SCUBA diving for people with a disability
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Water provides a zero gravity environment, allowing people with limited motion to be granted freedom, to gain a sense of equality with other people in the water. Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) diving has been used to help individuals after they have acquired a disability. Background: The study tries to understand the participant’s perception of their lived experience, which can provide an understanding to why SCUBA diving has become a popular activity and in some cases, a method of rehabilitation for people with a disability. With this question, the study aims to find the internal phenomena, and interpret it according to the data material provided by the participants. Purpose: The thesis aims to fill a lacuna in research surrounding SCUBA diving from the lived experiences or hermeneutic phenomenological perspective of the participants, using the haptic experience as its theoretical framework. The thesis will investigate how a person with a disability experience SCUBA diving, and what do these experiences mean in social participation? Method: Using semi-structured interviews and field observations, the study examines how four divers with disabilities from a disability SCUBA club, feel that participating in SCUBA diving has impacted their lives on an emotional and social level. The transcripts from the interviews will be analysed using thematic data analysis, along with the observations, providing support for the interviews, thus triangulating the intersections between each to analyse the data material gathered. Implications: The impact of the study will be understanding how SCUBA diving is experienced, thus providing a deeper understanding of the lifeworld of SCUBA divers with a disability.
Masteroppgave - Norges idrettshøgskole, 2016