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Are you a Scubaholic?
Greg - 8/24/2012 7:01 AM
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Are you a Scubaholic?The Urban Dictionary’s definition of a "Scubaholic":

A Scubaholic is generally defined as one with the consistent and excessive consumption of and/or preoccupation with diving to the extent that this behavior interferes with an individual’s normal personal, family, social, or work life. A Scubaholic condition can potentially result in psychological and physiological conditions, as well as, ultimately, death. Scubaholicism is one of the world’s most costly recreational diversions. With the exception of nicotine addiction, Scubaholicism is more costly to most countries than all other recreational diversions combined.

Not sure about the death part, or that it’s more costly to most countries than all other recreational diversions. But many of us may qualify as a Scubaholic. Here’s a test to determine if you may be suffering from this awesome and highly contagious disease:

- I can’t focus properly without my facemask on.
- I automatically breathe out when I walk up a flight of stairs.
- My picture now appears on the "Local Species" bulletin at my LDS.
- Fresh air is starting to taste funny.
- My house always smells like wet neoprene.
- My car smells worse than my house.
- I worry too much about elevators ascending too quickly.
- I bring my dive light to bed in case I need to go down.
- I wake up at night flailing to reach my regulator.
- I clear my ears before getting on a down escalator.
- My scuba gear gets more time in the bathroom than I do.
- I’ve stopped logging dives because it’s easier to just log surface intervals.

Can you suggest other signs that may indicate a person is a Scubaholic?


katosbo - 8/15/2022 10:08 AM
I find myself constantly breathing in through my mouth and out through my nose to always blow bubbles. Wondering why people look at me funny in meetings and on Zoom or Teams...
scott - 8/20/2022 7:52 AM
What? Did I comment on something?
theerod - 5/09/2013 7:11 AM
I’m a recovered alcoholic, so being a scubaholic is just another addiction, albeit, a healthier one!
John_giu - 5/09/2013 8:12 AM
one day at a time........... ACOA is another resource.
Greg - 11/21/2012 7:47 AM
For those that admit to being "Scubaholics", here is your 12 step program:
Eric_R - 11/21/2012 7:41 AM
You can’t breath without a regulator in your mouth.
John_giu - 11/10/2012 10:26 AM
I am now in recovery. "grant me the courage to change the things that keep me from scuba diving"
FritzMoore - 8/28/2012 1:49 AM
You constantly add up the cost of adding an indoor, 60 ft saltwater tank to your home..instead of figuring the cost to pay off your mortgage.
scott - 3/14/2013 9:09 AM
I know exactly what it cost or my 90 gal reef per month though who cares what it cost to go to Coz for a week.
flaski - 8/26/2012 7:57 PM
thats good, i actually read that to my dive buddy
Nitediver - 8/26/2012 1:54 PM
Not sure if these things qualify but I find myself very irritable if I can’t suit up and get wet daily. I need to breath from my mouth to keep my sanity. I attempt to drive under an idiot on the road instead of going around them. And yell "check your gauges" or "clear the area" when they get within earshot. Every puddle I pass I think "I can dive that" Lastly all of my gear is always within reach just in case!
Eric_R - 8/26/2012 7:33 AM
You have a dive computer named in your honor.
The Willy-B-Bent dive computer
hoofpick - 8/25/2012 5:37 PM
Wife said if I went diving one more time she was leaving! House will be quiet when I get home tonight. Wait there is a lake should be some diving there for a night dive, maybe I will make it home tonight. What were we talking about, oh ya I am a SCUBAHOLIC!!!!!!!
Scuba-Smurf - 8/27/2012 7:28 AM
Eric_R - 8/25/2012 5:14 PM
You’ve removed the mattress from your water bed and fill the safety liner up with water.
scubademon3 - 8/25/2012 1:48 PM
Well get me in a scuba shop I would spend all money now thats a shopaholic
LatitudeAdjustment - 8/26/2012 6:43 AM
I used to kid my daughter about most of her jewelry coming from a dive shop, now she pounds or pours her own out of silver and gold :)
Scuba-Smurf - 8/25/2012 11:06 AM
Scubaholic, Shopaholic... Yep thats me! :oD
scubademon3 - 8/25/2012 11:05 AM
Hi Greg Yes i’m very much a scubaholic, that why my friends call me scuba demon. I just cant get enough of it.
Eric_R - 8/25/2012 7:18 AM
A glass of water will get you drunk.
LatitudeAdjustment - 8/25/2012 6:10 AM
Saying: "Hi, my name is Ray and I’ve been dry for two weeks" is not a good thing at a Scubaholics meeting!
remick - 8/24/2012 10:35 AM
Every puddle i pass I wonder what the vis is.
Scuba-Smurf - 8/25/2012 3:34 AM
Greg - 8/27/2012 6:40 AM
love it!
Eric_R - 8/24/2012 8:04 AM
Your dive computer never comes out of Deco.
Greg - 8/27/2012 6:42 AM
This is a good one too.
FritzMoore - 8/28/2012 1:45 AM
Yeah...this one is great!
Rich-D-Fish - 8/24/2012 7:45 AM
I now wear a wrist compass while driving my car.

I wear my 3mil wetsuit to bed up to waist so I’m ready once my dreams start.

I have a titanium dive knife strapped to my calf under my work suit.

I check for new posts at least 20 times a day!!!!!!
Greg - 8/27/2012 6:41 AM
3mil wetsuit to bed! LOL Love #4 also!
TRM - 8/31/2012 4:57 PM
I think they have a meeting for that, all of it!!! LOL