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What sacrifices have you made for diving?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Dogbowl, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    I guess you didn’t read my follow-up post. The loss of longtime friends was the sacrifice not the other extraneous stuff. Read between the lines!
  2. Blasto

    Blasto Solo Diver

    Life, they tell me. Or what counts as "a life" among the landlubbers.
    chillyinCanada and Dogbowl like this.
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I used to climb mountains during many weekends and play baseball the rest of the time. At one point I was in two baseball leagues at the same time. I used to practice ten hours a day. Once I began diving I began cutting back on the other activities until diving became the only thing I do. Now when I'm not diving I'm either reading about it, writing about it or working on my underwater photography.

    I don't consider giving up baseball or hiking a sacrifice, just finding a passion I enjoy more. To further my passion I did sacrifice spending money on going to baseball games, movies, concerts and eating out so we could get our boat.
  4. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Altos, CA
    I chose to focus on local shore diving early in my life. This has kept the expenses within my means & rewarded me with 3 decades + of fun California diving.
    Nick Steele and aquacat8 like this.
  5. Steve_C

    Steve_C Great White Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    I do not fish as much as I used to so swapping hobbies is all. Plus once I started diving I realized what a bad fisherman I was.
    I have made a number of new friends.
    True friends tolerate each other having different hobbies. Otherwise they are just people whose names we know and are pleasant to chat with when all is going well.
    It keeps me active and interested at 72.
  6. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Zealand
    Since the local dive op is only 30 minutes away, I sacrificed quite a few work days when the weather forecast is for sun and little wind in the middle of the week. But the exercise makes me sleep like a baby so it's worth it.
    DiverDownD3 likes this.
  7. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Earth
    Could they have been true friends then? I dove 35 years ago with two buddies. We dove locally and took several trips together. We all drifted out of it because of life. With one of them I took up motorcycles for 25 years, with the other I golfed for many. I drifted out of those and back into scuba and they still pursue those passions. They have no interest at this time in getting back into diving. We've all been close friends for 40 years.
    Steve_C likes this.
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
  9. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    If they don't dive, it's not really a sacrifice, is it?
  10. hroark2112

    hroark2112 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    I used to have a garage....
    2TH DIVR, Steve_C, vovanx and 3 others like this.

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