In the life of a scuba diver, one sees and hear all kind of things. From the regular recurring “is there any sharks here?” all the way up to “I dive DIR, I hope the DM will match me with a good diver otherwise I want my $$ back!” and so on and so forth.
I recently stumbled up upon a scuba diver’s article online and could not help but do a remix of it all… Let say I jump into the arena and see what’s there. Too tempting 😀
It may unleash the fire of hatred or the critical eyes of a few but hey, the news are what they are today – biased. So, here, I will try to give you the other side of the coin.
- Using your tank valve to dry off your dust cap
It is actually a good thing to dry your dust cap prior to placing it back onto your first stage regulator. Doing this will avoid moisture to get in and start corrosion. As of how to do it, this is another thing. Consideration would dictate your actions but…if you use it considerately, you can use your tank valve to dry the dust cap off, or, you can also use your mouth to blow air in the cap – it is usually enough!
- Make good use of your kitting area
Don’t spread your kit on one side if your entry point is on the other side…DUH!!!!
- Take your time..but keep on track
Kitting up on a sunny day is a great motivating factor but watch out for some details. You can be the most experienced diver on the boat or site, so take a second or two to observe your team. If there is a diver who takes longer and/or repeat tasks at nauseum, you can conclude that this person is under stress. Instead of starting to complain and getting ready too fast, stop what you’re doing, go and speak with her/him. This is a sign of stress. For you Rescue Divers, does it sound familiar? It does to me! 😀
Maybe the dive plan is too aggressive or the side too intimidating. Getting to know your team members during the boat ride out to the site is a nice way to “screen” everybody. Be nice!
- Communication is key
To avoid confusion, a team of divers must agree on a plan and stick to it. Along with a series of hand signal, a team leader should be assigned. During a dive, in a group, there is no “passenger”. Let me explain this: I do not follow blindly the DM and barely monitor my gas, I am an active member of the team. Therefore, I keep and eye on them as I know, that they keep an eye on me. No “I” in TEAM 🙂
- A theme dive should be filled with like-minded divers
If you are a photo maniac (like me!) and you want to dive just for taking photos, the best to avoid the “accidental” photo bombing, is to book onto a photographer’s dive trip. Like this, you are among divers who will be doing the same they’ll expect you to do: be smart.
- Did I already said you should be considerate?
If you, the diver photographer refused to listen to our advice and find yourself on a boat full of non-photographers, then be considerate and use this to your advantage – this day, you can build something super interesting with the team and have your them participate. Yes, this photo shoot will be with models, get used to it! You and your team, now form a perfect crew for making your photos NatGeo‘s eligible shots. A dive plan, with assigned roles and solid communication will make this dive a bliss rather than a nightmare. Be smart!
- More often than not, you could end up being the most experienced dive on-board
Yes, it is a fact that you could end up being the diver with the most experience on board. Does it mean you are a snob? Certainly not. Can you play the snob? Sure! Should you? Certainly NOT 🙂
Hear me out here a second. The most experience you have, the more others are going to turn to you and ask for advice. This your time to shine.
Be a role model. Like always. 🙂
On the other hand, that means that you are within your comfort zone and will not learn much, if not more “people skills”. So think again when booking your next diving holidays – FACE YOUR FEAR – give yourself a challenge. If you are an instructor, take an instructor course to better your knowledge and if you are Rescue diver, take onto some new challenge and like this, keep your hobby interesting.
So, here it is, I have said what I wanted to say. There is only 9 points in the end because I think there is no need to repeat too many times the same thing.
We are in an individualistic social activity, if that make sense. It is probably one of the most social sport to meet people, travel to new places and have fun.
In my opinion, learning to scuba in resort destination is not the best thing to do to your hobby. Unless you are learning an advanced form of diving, not being taught at your local dive shop. Sidemount scuba diving comes to mind, as well as cave diving.
Once you become a sidemount diver and/or a cave diver, you first can be proud of yourself as these two courses are challenging. But keep in mind that it is not for every diver and that your experience can and will help others.
Your experience, over those many dives that you have logged, have given you the “resuce others” type of skill set. Give away those tips and tricks you’ve learned and be the diver everybody wants to dive with.
If you feel you’ve reached a plateau, then take up on a new course. Challenge yourself and make sure you’re doing it for the right reason – HAVE FUN 🙂