• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Scuba Diving Acronyms

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by LIVES4SHARKS, May 5, 2010.

  1. Amberjoy

    Amberjoy Angel Fish

    Thanks for this. I enjoyed reading the comments too! What does sticky mean?
  2. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
    That it was stuck to the top of a forum. This sticky thread stays visible at the top of the threads in the Basic Scuba Discussions forum.
    Kind of like those yellow stickies used to post notes ubiquitously.
  3. PrairieChicken

    PrairieChicken Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    SFA (sweet F*** all) -- ie. we spent 40 minutes looking for mantas and saw SFA

    my dive buddy and i have also developed some hand signals to help communicate with each other. we both really like cool coral formations so we we decided to make a "C" with our hand and move the hand up and down twice for 2 C's. the first time we tried it out she inadvertently made the motion near her face and i flooded my mask i was laughing so hard.
    M DeM, Matt England and soggybadger like this.
  4. dakaraiconchobhar

    dakaraiconchobhar Garibaldi

    Thanks for sharing, I have to learn more . .
  5. fiziks

    fiziks PADI Pro

    I'm a bit new to Scubaboard, but not to scuba. I've noticed that there are a lot of acronyms, many of them common in the world of scuba, but a few that seem to be specific to Scubaboard (or scuba-related forums), and I've seen a few people ask what specific acronyms mean. So, I thought I'd start a list, so that new members (and maybe even some not so new members) have a place to go to find out what some of those acronyms are. I've left out some acronyms I think are obvious (like OW), but if you find a scuba-specific acronym (LOL, IMHO, etc. need not apply) in a post and don't know what it is, or you don't think it would be obvious, post it. I'll add it to the list if I can.

    AAS - Alternate Air Source
    AGE - Arterial Gas Embolism
    BM - Backmount (as in wearing tank on the back, as oppoed to sidemount)
    BP - Back Plate
    BP/W - Back Plate and Wings
    CA - Certified Assistant
    CESA - Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
    DM - Divemaster
    DCS - Decompression Sickness
    DCI - Decompression Illness
    DIR - Doing It Right
    LDS - Local Dive Shop
    LOA - Low On Air
    MSD - Master Scuba Diver
    OOA - Out Of Air
    OOG - Out Of Gas
    SCUBA - Scantily Clad Underwater Bods Aplenty
    SOP - Standard Operating Procedure
    SM - Sidemount (as opposed to backmount)
    SMB - Surface Marker Bouy
    SS - Stainless Steel

    If there is a better place for this, perhaps a moderator could move it (and let me know where it went :D).
  6. Anthony Appleyard

    Anthony Appleyard Barracuda

    Such abbreviations may save time when typing or handwriting, but often it is clearer and nearly as quick to say the words. When I started diving we managed with next to no acronyms. For example, back then a diver's inflatable lifejacket was a diver's lifejacket (or merely a lifejacket if it was clear which sort is meant), and not yet another set of initials to learn.
  7. 993guy

    993guy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: St. Augustine, FL
  8. BlackSharkWhite

    BlackSharkWhite Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Great Link!

    ---------- Post added February 28th, 2015 at 04:21 PM ----------

  9. cnherrick

    cnherrick Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Jeddo, Texas
    MDL is missing from the lists
  10. red sea wrecker

    red sea wrecker Angel Fish

    I enjoyed the post greatly. great info as well

Share This Page