How to be "That Person" on a Dive Boat (NOT!)

Posted: Apr 22, 2013

Are you seeking attention and notoriety? Does the world, in fact, actually revolve around you? Do you crave the experience of having others point at you while carrying on hushed discussions behind their hands? Maybe you just like living on the edge… In any case, we’ve got three tips just for you!

1. Lug your oversized hard case full of dive gear (and everything else but the kitchen sink) on board five minutes before departure and stake out some prime real estate. Doh! First off, you should always wait to be invitno place to sited aboard by the captain or crew. Next, bring only what you need and stay away from those solid box type of bags. Yes, they are great for protecting your camera equipment, but there’s no room on a dive boat for one – leave that in the car. If you must bring an equipment bag on board, it should be a flexible one that can be folded up and stowed out of everyone’s way. Once on board, you should always be sure to keep your area tidy and contained. Finally, remember to show up at the proper check-in time, not the departure time. All boats will have you fill out release forms and will also need to set up equipment, brief you, etc. If you’re late, it can delay things for everyone who arrived on time.

2. Leave your c-card at home (gotta travel light, right?). Everyone will be able to tell you’re a certified diver just by looking at you and if they ask, you’ve got your number memorized anyway. Okay folks, I think anyone can make up any number they want and tell the dive crew that's their certification number. Will that work? Nope. You got certified for a reason (well, probably lots of reasons), and your c-card is PROOF of that. And guess what? You need to provide proof of certification to go diving. Bring it with you – this should be an easy one. Plus, the dive crew will totally dig getting to look at your 1971 moustache and beard or your 1982 Aqua Net poofy bangs. Let’s start the day with a little humor, shall we?

3. Chat with your newfound dive buddies seated next to you during the briefing; you’ve heard all this before anyway. Wrong! Every boat is a bit different, and the boat briefingbriefing contains information that could actually save your life (like where the throw rings are and where the marine head is)! You’ll also want to note procedures for getting off and back on the boat again, as well as learning where your dry items will be stored during the trip. In addition, divers and passengers should remain seated during take off and landing, uh, I mean when the boat leaves from and returns to wherever it’s docked. During that time, the crew will usually need to scurry around the vessel, throwing out bumpers, securing lines, and other such tasks and they’ll appreciate being able to get this done without tripping over their customers.

Well, as you can see, this ended up being a post about how NOT to be "that person", but we hope you enjoyed it anyway. If you're interested in not being "that person" aboard the Maui Diamond II, just give us a call for the latest in trip availability and destinations! And, of course, if you've got any tips of your own, feel free to share them here!

Aloha, Rachel

p.s. We used two photos in this blog, and one of them contains a boat no-no that wasn't specifically mentioned. Can you figure out what it is?

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Oren Noah
May 24, 2013 @ 9:19 am

No matter where you're diving, don't be "that guy" and tell everyone on the boat how much the diving is at XYZ. We all paid good money and arranged our valuable time to dive there that day and we all want to enjoy the heck out of it.

Larry Quimby
April 24, 2013 @ 11:12 am

No matter where you're diving, don't be "that guy" and tell everyone on the boat how much the diving is at XYZ. We all paid good money and arranged our valuable time to dive there that day and we all want to enjoy the heck out of it.

April 23, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

Photo #1, you shouldn't leave your gear all over the seats so that people can't sit down, the poor guy can't have three points of contact with all that junk in his way!

April 23, 2013 @ 8:47 am

Not listening to dive briefing ? Not having one hand on the boat. You didn't mention the diver with 20 dives and $4000 worth of camera equipment.

April 22, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

Picture #1: Only 2 points of contact. One should always have 3 points of contact to avoid falling. Picture #2: Not looking at Ben-Hur. He is such a sight to behold its down right wrong not to look at him as much as possible ;) LOL

April 22, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

I was on a dive where one girl...who was oh, so very impressed with herself...put the BCD inflate/purge hose in her mouth and said, "I don't think my air is on"...Divemaster, very smoothly and kindly said (handing her the reg), "try this. I think it'll work better". By the end of the 5th day...we were trying to lose her in the coral heads. Yes, she was "that person" on the boat!