Good Dive Boat Manners Start with a Boat Bag
by, August 9th, 2011 at 10:54 AM (995 Views)
Does everyone have a "boat bag" for their gear? You know, a fold up mesh bag that will hold all your equipment, but then rest easily out of everyone's way, taking up next to no space on the boat? If you don't have one, get one and use it. They are not expensive, but they are important. Some people bring a gear bag on board a dive boat that is a huge piece of luggage, and there is no place for it. I was on a boat once where a diver had a HUGE hard case and plopped it right in the middle of the dive deck with all his gear. It was in the way, and when he was asked to move it, he knocked into folks, and ultimately there was no good place for it. Leave your luggage at the hotel or condo. Transfer your gear to a mesh bag, and everyone on the boat will be happier. It's just good manners. For more tips on dive boat etiquette, and a laugh, check out chapter 3 of "The Scuba Snobs Guide to Diving Etiquette." Of course, different rules apply for liveaboards. That's Chapter 4.