But I repeat myself...
Scuba divers are inherently awesome.
What are scuba divers like?
Are they crazy risk takers?
Nutty adrenaline junkies?
Do they have giant hearts?
Who are they?
They are bankers, lawyers, retail associates, gym trainers, dog walkers, CEO's, doctors, nurses, janitors, moms, dads, sisters...well, you see, they are just about anybody!
If you are thinking of befriending a scuba diver, or dating one (good for you!), there are some things you might want to be prepared for. This will help you understand them better, because although they are just like everybody else, there a few characteristics that let you know that, yep...he or she is a diver!
1. Scuba Divers Have Awesome Communication Skills
The quality and safety of your dive can be improved with good communication skills. When buddies understand each other, they become much more comfortable.
Left, are two divers we will call Bree and Melissa. They have come to know each other's dive habits, and have even created their own signals to one another, such as, "My hair is stuck in my first stage and hoses, please disentangle me!"
Review common signals with your Buddy and have a great dive!
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”
2. Scuba Divers have Highly Developed Organization Skills
Scuba divers know: organizing the cleaning, storage, and transport of their gear will not only make their scuba travels easier, but equipment will last longer.
Divers invest a lot in this love; and their pride can be observed where they hang it all up. This takes "Man Cave" to a whole other level, and it is by no means restricted to the males of our species. Looking to date a female diver? Accept that she needs her space for gear, and don't touch.
Incidentally, I know someone who is the exception that proves the rule. Ahem, not naming any names.
“A place for everything and everything in its place.”
3. Scuba Divers are Eco-Conscious Ocean and Water Lovers
From the annual spring-time "Dive Against Debris" clean-up and saving marine animals from entanglement, to advocating for sustainable fishing practices, scuba divers are passionate about their underwater world.
We want to continue to see the beautiful underwater landscape and majestic creatures for a long, long time, and hope that our children will be able to enjoy it too.
“The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever.”
―Jacques Yves Cousteau
People really do protect what they love. From the moment I swam peacefully beside the Caribbean Reef Sharks gracefully gliding through the water, I was smitten. We hope to run an awareness campaign this year to stop the cruel shark-finning practices that are rampant, especially in Asia. Fishermen cruelly hack off the sharks' fins, and toss them back into the water alive, to die a slow, and agonizing death.
Learning how sharks help to keep our ocean's ecological balance healthy, inspires us to protect them. But they are disappearing fast. As sharks die off, the health of our reef systems begin to deteriorate. The hard truth is, "When the oceans die, we die."
So no, if you are dating a diver, you may not be eating in restaurants that cannot guarantee the sustainability of the seafood served. But look on the bright side - you are dating a diver, and that's a pretty awesome catch!
Watch for shark-love awareness campaign this spring and summer! Learn more....
“People protect what they love.”
―Jacques Yves Cousteau
4. Scuba Divers are Fun-Loving!
My favourite scuba diver trait. My extensive research has revealed that scuba divers laugh more, and this condition is highly contagious. There is no antidote.
From underwater yoga poses, to diving naked (yes, naked. Did you know that some divers celebrate their 100th dive by doing it in the buff? Gotta love 'em), divers really know how to have fun. Yep, it's where a lot of my smiles come from.
So, don't just stand there, let's get to it, strike a pose, there's nothing to it! Vogue.
(This message was inspired by diver Jim)
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
5. Scuba Divers may start talking about Scuba diving Unexpectedly...at Any Time...
And here it is. The biggest risk of befriending a scuba diver. Not even a risk, really, more of a guarantee. There are no rehab centres for this. Learn to smile and nod.
He or she will randomly start talking about their last dive, or what happened on the dive last year in Bahamas, or something funny that happened on the dive boat. Each story will lead to another. There will be no warning. It just starts.
Your diver friend needs your patience with this one. There is so much dive energy and excitement bubbling up within, that talking about it is something like a purge valve, you know, so their head won't pop off. Remember, this is why wine was invented, so stock up and go with the flo!
The best way to beat them is to join them.
You'll be glad you did. And what do you know? Another great thing about divers is that they can listen to the dive stories of other divers for as long as other divers can keep talking about them. A match made in heaven. Good thing we have a club you can join for all this talking and listening.
Call the shop (905-898-5338) or come in and chat (or listen, lol)!
"When a person starts to talk about their dreams, it's as if something bubbles up from within. Their eyes brighten, their face glows, and you can feel the excitement in their words." ―John C. Maxwell