PEARL DIVING IN BAHRAIN

 
 
For many centuries Bahrain has been famous for its pearls and, before the discovery of oil, pearl diving was the main source of income and the foundation for many of the communities on the island. communities on the island. The diving season would last just over four months, from June until early September. Divers would be let down on a weighted rope, remain submerged for about one minute, collecting an average of eight to twelve oysters, and would then be drawn up by the puller (a well-muscled man who would remain on deck). After ten dives, the men would come aboard and rest, drinking coffee and warming themselves whilst another relay of divers took their place. Divers were not paid wages, but instead received a share of the profits received from the sale of the pearls. Unfortunately, as the market was flooded in the 1940s with cultured pearls from Japan,the prices dropped, and by the middle of the decade young men could earn more money in less hazardous occupations on shore. However, the tradition lives on, and about once a year the dhows will set sail to the pearling banks in search of the 'jewels of the deep'

    There is a variety of diving available in Bahrain  however, most divers travel to Bahrain to try their famous pearl diving. Bahrain diving was invented in its shallow waters, as history shows that pearl diving was occurring in Bahrain as far back as 5000 years. Over 400 sq miles of oyster beds flourish in the warm, shallow waters of Bahrain, offering a very unusual diving experience. The name Bahrain actually derives from two Arabic words  thnain Bahr  meaning two seas; this refers to the existence of fresh water springs located under the sea bed. This phenomenon is believed to be responsible for the unusual lustre of Bahraini pearls, the country,s main economy before the discovery of oil. Bahraini natural pearls are considered the finest in the world, and  incredibly - if you find a pearl whilst diving, its yours to keep; an excellent (and possibly valuable!) souvenir.


Pearl Diving and Scubamaster


    We are trying to go back to the history of pearl diving by combining the new technology available of the state of art diving equipment that made us not only enjoy a better diving experience, but also stay longer and collect more oysters to have more chance of getting a descent pearls. As the dive spots of the oyster beds normally have currents ,we use a technique to simplify the dive and make it more relaxing by hanging robe’s from the boat attached to the collecting bag  (which customers supply) and while drifting with the robe all you have to focus on is collecting the oyster and gathering as much as you can in the dive.After you ascend you pull the bag so you don’t have anything attached to your self at the ascent.

   

    The more you collect oyster the better the oyster bed will be, but at the same time you have to dive establishing good bouyancy and insuring while collecting that you don’t do damages to the environment by staying off the bottom and making sure all your gadgets are attached to your BCD and have nothing dangling.

   

    If you have the right recipe you can enjoy a delicious meal and a taste you well never forget.

 

HISTORY OF PEARL DIVING