Like a secret handshake, divers have a way of finding each other in a crowd. A mask ring is imprinted on a face while dining al fresco at a Cayman restaurant. A liveaboard T-shirt may be spotted at a backyard cookout. A scuba video is playing on the tablet of the person sitting next to you on an overseas flight.
It’s a special skill you acquire when you’re a dedicated diver. If you didn’t know divers could do this, here’s how.
1. They have dive flags on their shirts, shorts, car, and flip-flops.
2. They can carry on a complete conversation using only hands signals.
3. Their car always has a faint smell like neoprene.
4. They are hard of hearing because they have water in their ears.
5. When meeting a new person, they would rather know about the places you’ve been than where you work.
6. They don’t like unfilled blanks, especially if it’s in a logbook.
7. They have a tank rack in the back of their truck.
8. They have a family pet named Deco, Cayman, or Largo.
9. They take longer than everyone else to examine a seafood menu.
10. They can quote large sections of the movie Finding Nemo.
11. They have several uses for vinegar, besides cooking.
12. They have a Superman-like ability to change clothes quickly in small spaces.
13. They have a wallet dedicated to just certification cards.
14. Their watch is almost larger than their hand.
Does any of this sound familiar? What trait exposes you as a dedicated diver? Next time you pull up to that car with the dive flag bumper sticker, use the hand with the big giant watch and give them a wave.
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