By Nikki D Longo, Academy of Scuba Blogologist
A team of scientists has recently discovered a method by which they can actually provide WiFi access to people underwater. While this may seem like a frivolous undertaking, it has a number of incredible implications for a variety of fields, no less so than for scuba divers. In fact, whether it is for business or simply as a hobby, scuba diving with underwater WiFi is going to absolutely change the way that people engage in the activity for the better.
We already know how wireless networks work and assist us on land, but let’s venture out and see what benefits stand ahead of us under the sea. One of the most obvious ways that scuba diving with underwater WiFi will be helpful is that divers will be able to share photos and videos in real time. Given a good enough connection, they can keep a constant update of what’s going on while they’re under. Sure, this has applications for hobby divers who will no longer have to worry about running out of space on their camera or having to surface, but it also has incredible implications for scientific expeditions. Researchers will be able to spend more time studying their subject and less time worrying that they’ll accidentally drop their camera and lose valuable data. Similarly, documentary filmmakers can spend extended periods of time underwater and store what they film on a remote server rather than worrying about on board storage space.
Another benefit to this type of technology is that it will make underwater navigation that much easier. Right now there are dive computers that can help with that to a certain extent, but they are generally pretty simple and primarily just use a compass. GPS signals are weak and can’t penetrate the water very far, if at all. If you’re scuba diving with underwater WiFi, however, a whole new set of navigation options that could pinpoint you and provide your location on a map open up.
This could also provide scuba divers with an opportunity to be able to do research without having to surface. Should they find an unfamiliar species, they would be able to see what it is immediately. If they run across a shipwreck they didn’t expect, they could look it up and see if they’ve uncovered something long lost. The ability to perform instant research means that scuba diving with underwater WiFi can keep people informed and maybe help us expand our knowledge of the world around us simply because divers can be sure to chronicle new species, species that shouldn’t be there, or lost ships.
Finally, elements of all of these combined mean scuba diving with underwater WiFi will make it so that things like search and rescue missions can go more smoothly and efficiently. One of the problems with an underwater search and rescue is that it’s difficult to communicate, often having to work through a network of cables and not being able to respond to situations as they develop. With this, search teams can be providing instant video to coordinators on the surface, who will be able to direct them in real time. Advanced navigation means that search areas can be divvied up easily and divers be sure they’re looking in the right place. It could save a lot of lives.
It is on its way, and you can be sure that when underwater WiFi becomes a reality, scuba diving will benefit from it.
Nikki is a freelance writer based off the east coast who loved scuba diving as a teen. When she’s not writing she can be found in the kitchen whipping up some delicious meals or at the park with her dogs.