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Please share your thoughts on my graduate research Scuba Diver Survey.

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions & Solicitations' started by Erin Jaszczak, May 19, 2021.

  1. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Rash guards are the most eco-friendly sunscreen around, and now that I can wear a BUFF on my face for hours at a time, I guess I don't need face screen.

    But I wear face screen anyway.
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  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    I too had a problem with that question, since I only use sunscreen on my nose and ears...and I use the zinc stuff. So I answered No...but that is not the whole story. The better question would be, do you use sunscreen, if so what kind, or, is it reef-safe?
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  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    Good catch on the sunscreen question. I answered yes because when I do use sunscreen it is always a physical blocker ... zinc or titanium oxide. We not longer use any chemical blockers. Don't even have any in the house. However, when I dive I never use sunscreen. I use sunshirts, buffs, don't go barefoot, etc. Even at the beach we use very little sunscreen and choose sun clothing whenever possible.
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  4. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    I did it and have a few comments on the survey questions.

    - I also marked no because I don't use any sunscreen. Which reminds me of something I specifically look for when looking at dive ops, whether the boats have adequate shade. Perhaps this could be worked in somehow. I'd be happy if dive ops saw this as something worth investing in.

    - On what MPAs I've dived in. I honestly have no idea except for the ones where you have to pay a separate fee as it's not something I specifically look for. But I absolutely am looking for places with excellent marine life. I don't believe this was a clickable option on any of the survey questions.
    Depending on the specific survey goals, the focus on naming MPAs may or may not be capturing their impact on dive tourism.

    The question on how many times you typically dive in a year. Is that trips or actual dives? It wasn't clear. I answered based on trips.
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  5. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    As someone who has used surveys in the real world, I was struck by how much of this was open ended. This will make it much, much harder for you to quantify, but it allows people like me who have many outlier thoughts and opinions to express themselves freely. I therefore gave very extensive replies in the hope they would receive due consideration.

    As for sunscreen, I have done 5 liveaboard trips to locations where I almost never saw a cloud, never wore sunscreen, and never got a tan. The roof of a diveboat has a very high SPF.
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  6. Erin Jaszczak

    Erin Jaszczak Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Gainesville,FL
    Thanks for completing the survey and for sharing the feedback. Much appreciated!
  7. Erin Jaszczak

    Erin Jaszczak Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Gainesville,FL
    Thank you, John!
  8. icechip

    icechip ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    Black flies finally thinning out

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