Entry-level open water certifications rebounded in the USA in April, May, and June of 2021 but are still below the pre-pandemic level, an analysis by Darcy Kieran finds.
The second quarter of 2021 is still lower than the pre-pandemic level, with 37 thousand certifications this year compared to 42 thousand in 2019, which is a decrease of 13.8%.
This year, with vaccines rolling out and countries gradually re-opening to tourism in the second quarter, we got an increase of 222.6% over the second quarter of 2020 which was the first quarter fully affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The second quarter of 2021 is still lower than the pre-pandemic level, with 37,000 certifications this year compared to 42,000 thousand in 2019, which is a decrease of 13.8%. It should also be noted the dive industry was already in decline before the start of the pandemic.
"We expect mixed results for the third quarter (July, August, September)", Darcy Kieran writes. "While countries started re-opening to tourism in the second quarter of this year and optimism was abound, the arrival of numerous “variants” and the continued resistance to vaccination are putting a damper on our expectations."