General participation trends
This statistic presents the number of regular SCUBA diving or snorkeling participants in England from 2016 to 2020. The total number of regular participants in England in 2020 is approximately 43 thousand.
Globally, like many 'adventure sports' recreational SCUBA diving has traditionally been a male dominated sport. As a result of many empowering movements, both within and without the diving industry, there have been some significant changes to the demographics of recreational SCUBA diving. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) report that 38 percent of all certifications are issues to female divers. Although this remains less than half, the female share of certifications issued on a global scale is now significantly greater than in previous years.
This statistic also presents the gender distribution of regular SCUBA diving or snorkeling participants in England from 2016 to 2019. The female share of regular participants shows a slight decline between the November 2015-16 period and the May 2017-18 period however this share increased to 38 percent of the total regular participants by the May 2018-19 period. This is in line with the global gender distribution of PADI certifications issued in 2019.