ScubaBoard FAQ

Below, you'll find some of our frequently asked questions with regard to our TOS, Supporting Members, and several other topics.

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ScubaBoard is a community of scuba divers whose goal is to further the knowledge and enjoyment of scuba for all divers and those interested in diving with a fun and informative approach.

Welcome to ScubaBoard: the world's largest community of scuba diving enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the wonders of our underwater world in a fun, safe and friendly environment. Our focus is to advance safety, knowledge and enjoyment within the diving community by encouraging the mutual exchange of experiences, ideas and opinions. We sincerely hope you enjoy and benefit from your extended surface interval with us.

To participate on ScubaBoard by posting, sending messages or uploading, you agree to abide by the following:

Terms of Service (ToS)

ScubaBoard is a friendly forum (interactive computer service) based on mutual respect. All user generated contents are the opinions of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ScubaBoard or Intermedia Publications, Inc. While ScubaBoard or Intermedia Publications, Inc. are not responsible for posts' content, authenticity or accuracy, they retain copyright privileges to all user generated content. ScubaBoard reserves the right to edit, remove, or retain any post.

Moderators are volunteers and are not employees or agents of ScubaBoard or Intermedia Publications, Inc. While the Moderators will do their best to keep the forum civil, it's impossible for them to review every post. If any post seems to violate the spirit of mutual respect, please use the "Report Post" button at the bottom of the post to notify the moderation team. The Moderators have the last word in any dispute and are responsible for interpreting the ToS. When they deem it in the best interest of ScubaBoard, they may edit or delete any content posted on the site. They may suspend users when they deem it is necessary.

You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws.

All Content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

We reserve the rights to remove or modify any Content submitted for any reason without explanation. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We reserve the right to take action against any account with the Service at any time.

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

  • No post should exceed a "PG" rating (link). Profane, racial, bigoted, insulting or mean spirited language is simply not allowed here and this includes any sort of harassment or cyber bullying. Sexism is a form of bigotry and is not tolerated on ScubaBoard. Content portraying anyone in a sexual or demeaning manner will be deleted, including in the Pub. Images must be no more revealing than those found in a typical travel magazine.Threats of any sort are grounds for immediate permanent suspension. There is never sufficient reason to resort to personal attacks. If you feel that you have been attacked, please do not retaliate, instead use the "Report Post" at the bottom of each post to notify us. Trolling posts or off-topic posts (hijacking) may be moderated or removed.
  • Whilst a minor amount of off-topic posting may be overlooked, the general rule is your posts or threads must be relevant to the forum or thread in which you are posting.
  • Spamming or attempting to recruit our membership (by PM, Visitor Message or otherwise) other than through authorized use of our commercial (market place) forums is expressly forbidden.
  • The creation of multiple accounts ("sock puppets") for one person is prohibited and grounds for suspension.
  • We are dedicated to keeping our users' information private and will never sell it to a third party. ScubaBoard's Privacy Policy .
  • ScubaBoard Moderators may at their discretion, remove any post which advocates unsafe diving practices as defined by the major certification agencies of the scuba diving world. While ScubaBoard does not take an official position on these matters, ScubaBoard does encourage users to maintain safe diving practices. You and you alone are responsible for your diving safety.
  • There are certain forums where special rules are applicable. These rules are part of the ToS for those forums; acknowledgement and compliance apply as with other ToS conditions.
  • Membership is a privilege, and ScubaBoard reserves the right to deny service to any person with or without cause or notification. If a member who has been denied service or whose content has been moderated feels that these actions were unfair, an appeal may be sent by e-mail to Each appeal will be reviewed by senior moderators who were not previously involved in the issue that led to the appealed suspension or moderation decision.
  • ScubaBoard reserves the right to add to or amend the ToS without any prior warning or consent from its users. By completing your registration, you agree that your ScubaBoard participation will conform to any such additions or amendments to the ToS.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use this Service. If you wish to close your account, please contact us.

The term SPAM implies many different definitions based on many different sources. The Washington State Supreme Court has stated that SPAM can be understood as:

“The term 'spam' refers broadly to unsolicited bulk e-mail (or ''junk e-mail"), which can be either commercial (such as an advertisement) or noncommercial (such as a joke or chain letter).”

Another popular definition focused towards the Internet describes SPAM as: “Internet spam is one or more unsolicited messages, sent or posted as part of a larger collection of messages, all having substantially identical content."

On ScubaBoard we combine the commonly held definitions of SPAM into one concrete statement. SPAM is, as a general rule, a message sent in any amount of a commercial or non-commercial nature which is unsolicited. More specifically, SPAM generally consists of an advertisement of some nature which is sent directly to a user or users or is posted in a forum or forums. While the majority of our SPAM problems do come from traditional bulk postings, a message does not have to be commercial in nature nor does it need to be sent in bulk to be considered SPAM under our rules.

The punishment for spamming a user or the board varies based on the severity of the SPAM. Users with no prior posts who blatantly post SPAM messages to multiple forums or PM multiple users may be banned without further warning. Users in good standing who send out a limited number of messages may simply be given a warning or a short suspension. There is no such thing as “good” SPAM on our board and all members, regardless of their status, may be banned immediately for spamming the board in any manner even if it is with just one message or post. As a general rule we try to take into account the nature of all messages, commercial versus private and the degree of the abuse. But to this issue, simply do not send users messages containing advertising of services, goods, links or personal ads they aren’t asking for!

References: Spam Defined
Washington court: Don't spam our residents

ScubaBoard has long been known as one of the most friendly forums on the internet. Here you can find Scuba Divers from novice to expert sharing experiences and helpful hints. We like it like that, and you have our word that we want to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, we have recently encountered a growing phenomenon amongst our membership that has marred our happy place. We call it cyber bullying and it comes in many forms. Here are a few ways that have come to light recently:

  • Thread Hijacking: Derailing a thread with a lot of off topic banter. We have the Pub for that kind of activity.
  • Stalking: Following a member from thread to thread to humiliate, embarrass or otherwise cajole a member in order to make them feel unwelcome.
  • Dog Piling: Joining others in such a manner as to make a member feel threatened and unwelcome.

You can be sure that we are working hard in order to resolve this matter. Some of the people involved are long time and valued members and we are perplexed by their behavior. It could be that they don't see how it affects others and are simply doing it to have fun. It could be that they truly resent these few who are targeted and want to see them leave. Really, it doesn't matter why they are doing it, it just needs to stop and stop immediately.

So, how are we going to do this? We need your help! If you see any of these patterns don't try to intervene! First, be sure to stay out of the fray. Second, show some compassion and hit the "Report Post" button. Then we can step in and resolve the matter hopefully in a peaceful manner. Finally, please show us some patience. We don't want to lose anyone over this. As I said earlier, most involved just don't realize what they are doing as they are normally friendly people!

Hey, thanks for taking the time to read this. Let's commit ourselves to making and keeping this the friendliest forum on the internet. Friendly, and yet oh so relevant.

A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.

The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some words viewed as profane and some depictions of violence. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture. There are to be no depictions of nudity on ScubaBoard.

Exploiting the weaknesses of human nature or of an on-line community to upset people. ScubaBoard includes POV warriors, cranks, impolite users and disruptive behaviour in this definition.

* Someone has died or been injured. Please show the proper dignity, etiquette and refrain from any demeaning remarks. We discourage the family from reading these threads, but you can bet they still will. Let's be civil, sensitive and still remain relevant. This forum is only intended for learning and mishap analysis not assigning blame.
* This is a strict 'No Troll' and 'No Chest Thumping' zone. It's not the place to keep repeating your favorite topic no matter how important or relevant you may imagine it to be. Nor is it the place to tell us how this wouldn't have happened if they dove/taught the way you do.
* You may not use real names here, until after they have appeared in the public domain (articles, news reports, sheriff's report etc.) Please cite the source if you do.
* Discussions should only be about the causes, theories and remedies for these accidents. Off topic posts or those with off topic comments may be removed without notice. Condolences, including comments indicating surprise and indignation, should be kept to the Passigs Forum, legal action should be kept to the Scuba-Related Court Cases Forum and so forth.
* If you are presenting information from a source other than your own eyes and ears, please cite the source. Links are preferred.
* Those who can not seem to follow these rules will have their access to this forum quickly revoked. As always, you should use the report button rather than bicker about possible infractions in the thread.

This forum exists as a customer service for the Scuba Community to facilitate commerce among our members. ScubaBoard does not attempt to verify any offers or claims. Therefore, we offer no warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied on the seller's validity, reputation or the quality, availability, serviceability, safety or usability of any product listed in this forum. Also, we will not attempt to provide any resolution to claims or counterclaims generated by the use of this forum.

Any post in ScubaBoard's Classified Section will be exclusively for personal transactions between any users for Scuba related items.

Please review all of these rules prior to posting messages...

  • Place your item in the appropriate forum that best describes (classifies) your item(s).
  • Users are limited to one thread per item to be sold.
  • Links to any auction sites (eBay, Craig's list, etc.) are ONLY permitted in our Miscellaneous Non-Scuba Items forum.
  • Non-Scuba items must be posted in our Miscellaneous Non-Scuba Items forum.
  • Accepted methods of payment and any anticipated shipping costs should be included in the original post.
  • No bumping. You may only reply to questions or post a change in the item’s status, availability or price.
  • DO NOT Post competing offers in someone else's thread. If you have a similar item to sell, or a better price on the same item. Post your OWN THREAD.

Mark Your Thread Sold

In order to make the marketplace more efficient as soon as your as soon as your transaction is completed (meaning you sold an item, bought an item or completed a trade) we ask that the appropriate party post a notification in the thread.

Older, open threads may be deleted by staff at their discretion

Additional Forum Information:
Any thread(s) may be combined, edited or removed at the discretion of the staff or Moderator.

While you are not required to sell any item you post for sale, other users are free to leave positive or negative feedback regarding the transaction as a means of informing other users as to their opinion of transactions. ScubaBoard will remove inflammatory, fake or false statements that are reported but negative comments regarding a seller’s decision not to sell an item for their asking price will not be retracted.

Protect Yourself
Any attempt to use this forum for fraudulent or abusive purposes will be met with strict consequences. Users who knowingly defraud others will have their account permanently banned and authorities may be notified depending on the situation. ScubaBoard does not have any knowledge as to the accuracy of any posting or transaction, please use common sense before sending payment.
All items are to be presumed to by owned by the Original Poster. Payments should only be made to the Original Poster.

While you may reply to your post to change the price, replying to your own post just to "bump" the thread to the top of the list is strictly prohibited.

If you have questions about posting in this forum ask a moderator prior to making your post!

These terms apply to any individual who uploads or views photos from the ScubaBoard photo gallery and is in addition to the main ScubaBoard terms of service agreement.

1. Limited Warranty

The ScubaBoard photo gallery is a free service provided to users of the ScubaBoard website. ScubaBoard's photo gallery is intended to be used for displaying photos to other visitors of the ScubaBoard website; at no time should the gallery be used as an archive, backup drive or other method of file storage. ScubaBoard makes no warranty as to the integrity or reliability of any images posted to its servers. Images may be removed without warning.

2. Copyright Responsibility

All images posted the ScubaBoard photo gallery are the sole responsibility of the person who uploaded such content. By uploading an image you are stating that (1) you agree to these terms and (2) you have the legal right (copyright) to post said images. ScubaBoard reserves the right to edit, remove or otherwise modify photos uploaded but does not actively monitor or moderate photo submissions. At no point is ScubaBoard liable for harm, loss or damages resulting in uploading images to the photo gallery. ScubaBoard recommends that all photos be clearly watermarked or otherwise visually copyrighted to limit the possibility of theft. In addition, we recommend that you upload a limited resolution version of any image (i.e. 640x480) to further reduce the chances of illegal photo copying. ScubaBoard makes reasonable efforts to minimize any copyright infringement but given the public nature of the photo gallery, ScubaBoard is unable to guarantee that images will not be re-used by third parties without authorization.

3. Photo Content

The ScubaBoard photo gallery is intended for uploading underwater and dive related photos only by members of the ScubaBoard website. Offensive content including content that contains nudity, violent images, discloses personal information of individuals, slanders any individual or company or is grossly offensive is strictly forbidden. In addition, copyrighted content or materials may not be posted without authorization from the copyright holder.

4. Limited Photo License

By uploading images to the ScubaBoard photo gallery you grant ScubaBoard a non-exclusive, royalty-free, limited license to display and reproduce posted images in the ScubaBoard gallery and on other parts of the ScubaBoard website for use in promoting the photo gallery. ScubaBoard may from time to time display its photo gallery at offline events for the purposes of promoting the photo gallery. This license shall extend until such time as you remove photos at which point it will automatically expire; you have the right to remove any images at any time.

5. Use of Other Members' Photos

As a visitor of the ScubaBoard photo gallery you are permitted to view, bookmark and use photos as virtual "eCards". At no point may you download, save, copy or in any way distribute the photos contained in the ScubaBoard photo gallery. All photos contained in the gallery are copyrighted by their legal owner; should you wish to use a photo for any purpose not explicitly listed above you must seek direct written permission from its owner.

6. Content

The photos posted to the ScubaBoard photo gallery are not screened or moderated and as such you may view content that you find offensive. In such an event you are encouraged to report the photo to an Advisor or Moderator for review and possible deletion if appropriate.

If you believe your copyrighted photo is being used without your consent please contact ScubaBoard immediately at:
128 Ocean Shores Dr.
Key Largo, FL 33037
United States of America

Please note: it is often difficult for ScubaBoard to determine the rightful owner of an individual photo. We may, in the process of investigating a copyright claim, require additional information to help determine the status of the photo in question.