How often do you talk about diving to non-divers? Forums excluded.

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Shipwreckscanada, May 1, 2012.

How often do you talk about diving to non-divers? Forums excluded.

  1. I talk about diving all day long.

    15 vote(s)
  2. I talk about diving once a day.

    13 vote(s)
  3. I talk about diving one to five times a week.

    16 vote(s)
  4. I talk about diving one to ten times a month.

    8 vote(s)
  5. I talk about diving ten to thirty times a year.

    6 vote(s)
  6. I never talk about diving with non-divers

    3 vote(s)
  1. Shipwreckscanada

    Shipwreckscanada Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Montréal
    My wife, not a diver, says I have a water logged scuba head because I talk about diving all the time. I have a scuba screensaver and wallpaper; I have scuba stickers all over the place, my car, computer cover, tool kit and much more. This leads to people asking questions and then I’m talking scuba again. So do I have a water logged scuba head?

    To find out I posed this poll.
  2. Qnape

    Qnape Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    Too often, perhaps. My wife is a non-diver also, but has been considering trying. My daughter has been my dive buddy - but not for long as she is off to college in the fall. I've only been diving a short time but have been very active, and I read a LOT so i do wind up talking about it to (thus far, patient) friends and co-workers.
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  3. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Victoria, BC
    The answer for me is 'too many times'. When I first started, it would occur in numerous conversations with non-divers. I was just so excited, and people positively reinforced this behavior by expressing how cool/hardcore it must be to dive. Then I realized I may have been talking about diving too much that it might seem obsessive. Thus, I cut down on it significantly.

    Now, I only discuss it with non-divers if they bring it up. I will probably not even mention that I do scuba dive. But still, people think it's extremely cool and bring it up a few times a week (1-5 times was my choice). I also post photos every so often, and people compliment them.

    Most of my dive talk is done with divers now.
  4. j yaeger

    j yaeger Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Canton, New York, United States
    i talk the talk all day long!
    promote the sport by inspiring the adventurer in folks!!
    when ever possible when traveling,i always wear something with a dive flag,or concerning diving
    always get asked about it,how cool is it? or where to go?
    just don't be a pest!!!!
    lobstermen in mass. don't really care for divers!!!!!
    have fun
  5. koozemani

    koozemani Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Tucson, AZ
    Whenever the subject comes up. Coworkers will see my flipping through a magazine or reading some book and ask about it. That's all the opening I need to start. I've also found several who are divers that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. My soon to be wife is a diver and she gets tired of me talking about it.
  6. asha

    asha Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    I don't talk to that many non-divers ;) But when it does come up, it's usually within contexts like "why didn't you come to pilates yesterday?"
  7. Tigerman

    Tigerman Orca

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Norway
    Whenever it comes up. If people ask me what Im gonna do with my vacation, they can blame themselves! :p
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  8. Captain12Pk

    Captain12Pk Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Orange, CA
    Only when they ask. But that wasn't a poll choice.
  9. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, Nova Scotia (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
    I voted 1 to 5 times a week. Mostly to my wife, a non-diver. Being out in the stix I'm not usually around many people. Talk a lot at the dive shop in the city but those are divers/student divers. Quite a few people on the NS Eastern Shore are divers, some of them even certified! In the band I play in each summer in NY the guy next to me dives a bit in the tropics--the rest of those crazy musicians would have no interest....
  10. Dr Dog

    Dr Dog DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Okanagan/Shuswap BC
    I try to convert them to become divers
  11. Splitlip

    Splitlip Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Jupiter
    Well let's see. My Department Director is my main dive buddy. One of the engineers I work closely with is a Cave diver turned wws (I like to think I convinced him pretty fishes ain't bad). One of the planners I work with is a free diver anxious to get certified. My brother is certified. My daughter is certified. My wife was from Key West. My neighbor's kid is a dive guide. I'd say 25% of my FB contacts are divers.

    I don't need to talk to non divers. :)
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  12. drl

    drl Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago suburbs
    As often as they'll let me! :D
  13. j2s

    j2s Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives:
    Location: florida
    I don't talk to non-divers because they're aliens from another planet...This is my BLUE PLANET and they don't belong ;P !!!!!....And they're beneath me, but I think that has to do w/me being 6' 4" !!!!!.......
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  14. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: St Thomas, VI
    My colleagues are always eager to hear what I saw on my weekend dives. I have others from work that I don't even know approach me about learning how to dive. I love diving and it shows.
  15. PansSiren

    PansSiren Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denver, CO
    I manage to even find ways to bring diving into the conversation. Someone mentions food, I tell how I want to bring a marinated steak underwater to let the pressure tenderize it, lol. I'm trying to get better with not starting the conversation, but if a question comes up, I do no blame myself! They brought that mess onto themselves!!
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  16. BrotherBear

    BrotherBear ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New England, USA
    I get to talk diving to most of the non-divers I know. All I need to do is mention that I dived this weekend and they look at me like I'm crazy and the questions start, the most common one is "what is there to see down there". Where I live if the water hits 70 degrees there's something wrong, most of the year it barely gets out of the 40s and no one believes there's anything more than rocks and sea weed around here.
  17. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

    # of Dives:
    Location: Woodinville, WA
    Well, my first reaction was, "Other people still have non-diving friends?"

    But actually, a lot of my non-diving friends are my Facebook friends, and they see the pictures that I put up, and read the posts I write about having gone diving. So they ask. A lot of people are really curious about diving, even if they don't think they would ever want to do it.
  18. turnerjd

    turnerjd Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Haute Kontz, France
    My only non diving friends are those I met through work.

    Other than that diving is a key topic of conversation in our house. Daughter is as keen as mustard to learn to dive, and needs no encouragement to ask questions..... and off we go for another couple of hours father / daughter diving discussion. The non diving wife feels a bit left out, but accept that this is the way thing are.

  19. Hickdive

    Hickdive Manta Ray

    I talk to non-divers about diving until they are out of earshot. Then I pull out my bullhorn and talk to them about it a bit more. If they get in their cars and drive off and I have their phone number then I'll text them.

    I don't have many (any?) non-diving friends.
  20. Guba

    Guba Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Central Texas
    I'm a professional educator and I use diving CONSTANTLY to explain concepts (I teach physics, chemistry, environmental systems, etc...). Once in a while (but not too often) I worry about talking about diving too much and risk boring my students with it. Then it passes and I keep talking.

    I love being about to apply what diving teaches and relating it to my non-diving students. They seem to enjoy it, and I've found it extremely effective. I've even presented workshops to other teacher groups in how to use diving to illustrate science concepts.

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