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Boat Diving Etiquette

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by Capt Jim Wyatt, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    There is no boat on this planet that has "plenty of storage" for hard sided luggage. Maybe a 12 person boat with only 4 people aboard has some spare bunks to put your giant suitcase, but don't count on it.
    peocro, eleniel, DogDiver and 7 others like this.
  2. DiveClimbRide

    DiveClimbRide Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Zealand, South Island
    You know there's this funny phenomenon with diving and boats. No matter how many people are on the boat, the boat is always full. Even with only 4 divers on a 12 diver boat (which I had the other day).
    Esprise Me, eleniel and rjack321 like this.
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I’m not talking about liveaboards, but day boats. Imagine someone showing up for a charter on a 6 pack with one of those big bags. I’d always make sure to point out the mesh or canvas bags everyone else has to the big bag offender.
    eleniel, chillyinCanada and DogDiver like this.
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I nearly always have rental cylinders on the boat. The first thing I do, before setting up my equipment, is to check the fill pressures and O-rings of all my tanks with my regulator. I also analyze the gas if the analyzer is available. It's much easier to do something to correct a problem, the earlier you know about it. Sometimes it's handy to know the fill pressures to plan the order of use.
  5. AdamSa

    AdamSa Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Malta
    Don't go the dive platform until you are actually ready to jump in. It is very annoying when people rush to the platform to jump in first, but they still have straps and stuff to adjust .... holding up all the boat.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Understand that the Captain is ultimately responsible for everyone on the boat. He gets to make the choices...
  7. StefinSB

    StefinSB ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    There some day boats here that even have a hot tub. Folks usually store their luggage on the upper deck out of the way. Never seems an issue or bother anyone. I usually assemble stuff at the car and carry my gear assembled though. spectre dive boat - Google Search
    Fishyhead likes this.
  8. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Orleans
    There's only one upside to being really annoying, loud, and braggadocious on the boat is, you'll never get left behind -- if you ever go missing, everyone will know without having to check the name-board, 'cause it'll actually be fairly quiet on the dive deck.

    Downside is they won't be all that happy to have you back aboard ;-)
    chillyinCanada, DogDiver and RyanT like this.
  9. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
    True, though I prefer to be unforgettable due to my happy, helpful and kind character.
    Even a wacky appearance works!

  10. kmarks

    kmarks Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    As for #27, in the immortal words of Bart Simpson: "I can't promise I'll try, but I'll try to try."

    Zoological fact: Divers are like gold fish and bearded dragons. They expand to the limits of the space they are given.
    chillyinCanada and DiveClimbRide like this.

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