If you’re reading this we can already assume you, or someone you know, is bordering on scuba addition. Or, maybe you’re thinking of trying scuba diving and you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. Your life may change when you discover scuba, like it has for so many others.
In the Maldives it is particularly easy to slip from recreation to obsession when you live a scuba lifestyle for more than a day or two. While others are concerned with a work-life balance you think a scuba-life balance describes your situation more closely.
We all have activities that we enjoy from time to time. So how do you know that an activity has passed that greyish line into the realm of obsession? If you initially denied any accusations of scuba addiction, you’ve already made it to the first stage – denial. Read on to see just how far your scuba addiction has sunk in.
You know you’re addicted to scuba diving when:
- You hear this often: “Didn’t you go on vacation? Where’s your tan?”
Then you smile remembering what you were doing instead of lazing in the sun. You don’t mind that many of your daylight hours were spent in a wet suit under many meters of sea water.
- The time you spend diving is only a fraction of the time you spend talking about it
Not just during the trip but before and after you catch yourself bringing scuba into the conversation on a regular basis. Or you didn’t even realize that you did that until now, in which case your addiction is really far gone.
- You become a morning person if it means getting in an extra dive
Waking up for work – set 3 alarms and snooze them all. Waking up for scuba – no alarm needed.
- Your closet has been reorganized to make room for dive paraphernalia
Move over rarely worn outfits and shoes for those special occasions. The most important occasions in your life now only involve wet and dry suits and a pair of special booties.
- Leisure time = scuba time
Whether for actual diving or for research and planning, it’s all about scuba. Your internet browser history is 80% dive-related.
- Holding your breath underwater just seems unnatural
You start refusing to swim without a snorkel. You imagine yourself in the shower with a snorkel just for a laugh.
- Instead of football stats or local news you talk about equipment configuration
Topics of normal conversation become boring
- You make big life decisions based on your desire to dive
Pregnancies are planned to avoid interfering with dive trips and you may decide to buy a vehicle to get you to diving locations more easily. On the other hand you might start selling off items to feed the diving addition. You plan your annual budget around dive trips and gear.
- When you catch a whiff of your dive gear, that weird indescribable odor unique to you, you secretly enjoy it
While others ask, “What’s that smell”, you get flashbacks of shark sightings.
- The return home is spent planning your next dive trip
- No one ever asks you what you want for your birthday
Anything scuba will do.
- As you’re reading this you’re nodding your head
And you are now realizing why you get all of those dirty looks from your partner and non-diver friends.
- You were probably sent this list as a passive intervention from the same people above
- You imagine breathing thru a regulator when you’re at home
If questioned by anyone you explain it as calming breathing techniques because that sounds more normal than what you were really doing.
- During sales periods you only go to dive shops
Black Friday here you come!
- You fall asleep with your fins or dive booties still on
And hopefully someone got a photo of that.
- During your dives you mimic the fish and try to befriend them
You think that you can communicate with them.
- You’re signed up to get all the scuba news and deals
You have a constant feed via newsletters, magazines and social media.
- You often dream of scuba
Sometimes the experience is so vivid you wake up feeling refreshed as if it really happened. A great way to start the day!
If you agreed with any one of these you’re likely addicted to scuba diving. So your lifestyle is heavily affected by scuba – who cares?! It’s obvious that you’re not alone. An addiction to scuba is better than all of the other most common dependencies out there so if scuba is the dominant one you may be doing yourself a favor.
Soothe your diving urges with some Maldives diving. Thanks to the deals on summer packages and the upcoming manta season, there is no better time than now to head to the Maldives on a dive package.
Warning: Diving in the Maldives may force diving addiction to surface even more quickly.