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4. Hogging Deck Space
Space is a valuable commodity on dive boats. Monopolizing the dive deck, scattering all your scuba gear and equipment on the boat is no-no no matter how precious your scuba kit is worth. People forget that there are anywhere between 6-16 divers each with their 50lbs or more of dive gear on that dive boat. Divers should remember to pack all their gear as compact as they can to store it easily under the seat and not take up too much room. Use a Scuba gear bag and not a massive trunk size kit.
5. Bearing False Witness
Today, everyone’s a shark expert, but few people seem to be capable of saying what it is they saw on a dive. When people and sharks meet, the first victim is truth! Then there are those that fabricate this universe of diving excellence so that they can return home triumphant after a dive. Mr. Superlative as we like to call them as they wildly express that each dive is even better then the last, the sharks bigger, the visibility greater, the wreck… er… wreckier. These hyped up dive sites are misleading to most and end up with a reputation that exceeds them.
The opposite of Mr. Superlative from above is the Whinger of group, were no dive meets his standards. Less than generous air fills, not enough to see in the ocean, fish not big enough or coral not pretty enough and how nothing compares to his one perfect dive a decade back all make it into his log book of distaste. Unappreciative party-pooper tactics are annoying as hell and a deadly sin of diving.
Disrespect towards crew, dive boat hands, dive guides, fellow divers and even dive sites and property are last but not least on our 7 deadly sins list. The best divers are the ones that are humble enough to know that you never stop learning and respect all the people who are a part of facilitating him to enjoy this sport. Respect in this point also extends to the un-natural environment (for humans) we’re in and our limitations underwater. Respecting the waters and it’s inhabitants is part and parcel of a true scuba experience.