Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is Leisure Diving the Latest Holiday Fad?

One of the common traits of guests that moteliers soon become aware of is that many tend to leave their brains behind when away from their usual environment. Once arriving at a motel, apparent simple tasks such as car parking, unlocking doors, turning on a TV or using the telephone can challenge many intrepid travellers.

Along with increasing levels of stupidity, some guests will also lose their usual levels of inhibition and are more willing to throw caution to the wind. Restraints of acceptable behavior are tossed aside and a worrying trend of exhibitionism can take over.

One of the greatest achievements of this digital age is that holiday antics can be easily captured and shared. What goes on tour can be uploaded and viewed by millions within a nano-second.

We've already covered the trend of Bed Jumping where people snap aeriel photos of themselves jumping on motel/hotel beds. We have also covered Balcony diving that involves capturing video of guests jumping from multi-floor motel/hotel balconies into a swimming pool.

We are aware that planking is also a trend that takes place while on holiday and deserves a mention, however this is soooo last week.

We have discovered a new worldwide trend that is taking off at a phenomenal rate: “Leisure Diving.” Thanks to the website, travellers around the world can upload their most creative poolside leisure persona complete with props.

The authoritative website defines a Leisure Dive as:
“...a jump into a body of water (or at least something soft), striking a ‘leisure pose’ in mid-air. Ideally, a photographer captures the moment when the diver has reached peak height above water, when his or her hips are parallel to the waterline. If successful, the result is an airborne Corona commercial you can post to your preferred social networking platform, or mantle, if you’re old school." 
One of the necessities of a successful Leisure Dive photo is the "Leisure Face" that can be described as "a facial expressions that says, ‘I am just relaxing and enjoying this refreshing cocktail’. Not a smile, not blue steel. Just straight leisure."

OK, so it's appreciated that this latest trend could be somewhat restricted as New Zealand experiences the sting of winter, however I can see Leisure Diving becoming a fair-weather fad this summer in motel and hotel pools.

For inspiration, here's some of my favourites:

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