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Flourishing through SCUBA: Understanding the pursuit of dive experiences

Kler, BK and Tribe, J (2012) Flourishing through SCUBA: Understanding the pursuit of dive experiences Tourism in Marine Environments, 8 (1-2). pp. 19-32.

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This article presents evidence for a new facet of our understanding of why scuba divers pursue their interest so fervently and are willing to travel to do so. The perennial question of why people travel is addressed through the concept of eudaimonia, the good life, or flourishing, an idea originating with Aristotle but currently enjoying renewed interest in the context of positive psychology and wellbeing tourism. Results of a qualitative study are presented through themes that resonate with the authentic happiness model used to evaluate long-term satisfaction, happiness, or eudaimonia. Exploratory findings indicate that participants gain meaning and fulfillment from the acts of learning and personal growth, and they are motivated to dive because this special interest promotes positive experiences, which may lead to the good life.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Kler, BK
Date : 15 March 2012
DOI : 10.3727/154427312X13262430524027
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:12
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 14:07

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