Scuba Diving Slang Terms and What They Mean


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The place I grew up, we referred to flip-flops as thongs. You possibly can think about the appears I acquired later in life once I informed individuals, “I needed to borrow my mother’s thongs as a result of mine have been completely worn out.” Identical to flip-flops could be thongs, slippas, sliders, chanclas, jandals, and so on. divers use totally different phrases for scuba diving gear. On this article, we’re going to discover scuba diving slang from all over the world.

NOTE: In the event you don’t already know the distinction between a Divemaster and a Grasp Scuba Diver, or that you must by no means check with a diver’s fins as flippers, brush up on the basics here. In case you’re not a licensed diver but, what are you ready for?

Scuba Diving Gear Slang

Listed here are a few of the alternative ways to speak about your scuba diving gear or scuba diving package

BC, BCD, jacket, wing
BCD is an abbreviation for buoyancy management gadget, a standard piece of diving gear. It’s principally an air bladder divers use to regulate their buoyancy. The 2 commonest varieties of BCs are:

  • Jacket – a vest with an air bladder inside that inflates round your torso.
  • Again inflate – the air bladder is behind you and inflates round both aspect of the tank.

Many divers connect their scuba cylinder to their BCD, however this isn’t the one approach to go. Some divers use a harness or backplate and others dive with a tank (or tanks) beside them (sidemount).

In case your dive buddy says, “can I get a brand new bottle for the subsequent dive?” That’s scuba diving slang for, “I want a brand new scuba tank.”

a diver wearing two tanks on her back aka doubles

Diving with two tanks on the similar time.

Divers typically breathe off surface-supplied air, referred to as respiration off a hookah. 

Brief for hydrostatic. All scuba tanks have to be hydrostatically examined periodically to make sure they're protected to make use of. You may hear a diver say, “I discovered this tank in my storage, I’m going to get it hydro’d and inspected earlier than I dive with it.”

pony bottle
Some divers carry an emergency air provide in a small cylinder, often known as a pony bottle, hooked up to their BC. 

Enriched air nitrox refers to respiration fuel with additional oxygen in it. Common air incorporates about 21 % oxygen, whereas enriched air sometimes is 32-36 % oxygen. Technically, any combination of nitrogen and oxygen is nitrox (together with the air you’re respiration proper now). 

As an alternative of claiming enriched air nitrox, many divers merely say nitrox. Study extra concerning the benefits of diving enriched air nitrox.

Choosing dive gear for children - regulator

reg, octopus, occy, octo
The gathering of hoses that join a diver to their respiration fuel and BCD is known as an octopus or regulator (reg for brief). 

  • In some elements of the world, occy or octo describes only one a part of that system: the backup hose and second stage you need to use to share your air provide with a buddy.
  • Equally, regulator can refer to only the second stage mouthpiece as in, “Okay divers, take your snorkels out and put your regulators in.”

security sausage
The right identify for a security sausage is: floor marker buoy (SMB), an inflatable floor signaling gadget. 

A scuba diving slang time period for a diver propulsion car (DPV).

Steamers and Fart Luggage

fart bag
Dry suits: they hold water out and farts in.

shorty, springy, steamer
A wetsuit helps you keep heat underwater and protects your pores and skin from abrasions, stings and sunburn. Relying on the water temp, you may put on a steamer (lengthy wetsuit) or a shorty/springy (a wetsuit with cropped sleeves and legs). 

wetsuits drying on a wall overlooking the water

pores and skin, stinger go well with
A skin, physique go well with and stinger go well with are principally all the identical factor: a full-body garment created from swimsuit materials. They don’t present a lot heat however a pores and skin can shield your pores and skin from UVA/UVB radiation, stings and abrasions.

swimmers, bathers, cossie/cozzie
In tropical diving places, some divers don’t put on a wetsuit or a pores and skin, they merely put their gear on over their swimsuit, bathers or cossie. Females might put on a one-piece swimsuit or a bikini whereas guys put on swim trunks or a speedo (I hear speedos are referred to as budgie smugglers down underneath).

Miscellaneous Scuba Slang Phrases 

Under are some scuba diving slang phrases you may hear whereas divers are off gassing topside between dives. For instance:

Nobody’s good, all of us floor with a nasal nudibranch from time to time, however the egg beater shouldn't be allowed on our bug searching journey subsequent week. That stroke should have a punch card for chamber rides. He advised me he obtained narced watching a bait ball at 36 m/120 ft and went into deco

air hog, air pig, air sucker, hoovers
A diver who drains their tank of air quicker than different divers (or their dive buddy) could also be referred to as an “air hog.” It isn’t a everlasting situation. Coaching is likely one of the greatest methods to improve air consumption and luxuriate in extra time underwater.

the Bends, getting bent
Decompression illness may cause delicate to excruciating joint ache. Somebody experiencing decompression illness might double over in ache or contort their physique because of the discomfort they really feel, which is the place we get, The Bends and getting bent.

backside time
The period of time you spend underwater. It may possibly seek advice from a single dive or a lifetime of diving.

bait ball
When fish group collectively right into a ball-like form as a protection mechanism, the conglomeration is described as a bait ball.

An outcropping of coral – a time period sometimes heard in Australia, Fiji and different diving places within the South Pacific.

chamber journey
When a diver spends time in a hyperbaric chamber, also referred to as a decompression chamber, they go on a chamber journey.

deco/into deco
If a diver exceeds no decompression limits (NDLs) by staying too lengthy at depth, they need to make a decompression (deco) cease throughout their ascent to off-gas nitrogen. Leisure divers shouldn't make dives that require decompression. Deco dives are thought-about technical diving and require further coaching. That stated, a three-minute “security cease” at  5 m/15 ft is a protected diving greatest apply.

a diver a pool at camel resort

Should you’re unsure whether or not a full certification is for you, attempt a Discover Scuba® Diving expertise (DSD). This half-day program lets you attempt on scuba gear and breathe underwater in a shallow surroundings underneath the fixed supervision of a diving skilled.

egg beater
A diver who swims vertically with their legs beneath them. This physique place can fire up the underside and destroy visibility for everybody.

feed the fish
Vomiting underwater or into the water from the boat.

Beginning round 25-30m/80-100 ft, some divers expertise euphoria, nervousness, or different robust feelings. This expertise is called fuel narcosis, nitrogen narcosis, or just feeling narc’d. 

Nitrogen narcosis doesn’t occur on each dive, but when it does, narcosis can result in poor decision-making and harmful conditions. This is the reason it’s essential to get deep diver training and all the time dive with a buddy.

nasal nudibranch
Mucus that escapes out of your nostril throughout a dive, aka a booger.

off gassing
Scuba divers take up nitrogen (and different inert gases) whereas diving. Throughout ascent and on the floor, our our bodies regularly shed the absorbed fuel. 

In leisure diving, off gassing often refers to standing round topside, consuming water, consuming snacks and speaking concerning the dive. Longer, deeper dives require extra off gassing time.

An rude (however typically correct) strategy to describe a careless diver. Typically the diver is clueless, different occasions the stroke is aware of proper from flawed and chooses to make dangerous selections.

A small dive boat that may transport a most of six divers.

Visibility or viz describes how far you'll be able to see underwater. It’s sometimes measured in ft/meters or physique elements. For instance, “viz was horrible, I couldn’t even see my hand in entrance of my face.”

An inflatable boat typically used to move divers. 

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