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#50591
Why did you begin scuba diving?
Greg - 3/14/2014 7:32 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 513

Why did you begin scuba diving? Did a scuba diving friend or family member finally talk you into it? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do? Was it required for a job?
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Starky - 6/28/2017 4:18 PM
[Choose #2] I was on the county Search and Rescue Team when I was 18 and got introduced to scuba but never got certified. I finally did it when i turned 55.
#315
jimenycricket - 1/25/2017 8:03 PM
[Choose #2] I was young, in the Army, and looking for ways to pass time.
#980
Diver_Down - 12/15/2015 11:53 PM
[Choose #2] I can remember wanting to go into a local dive shop when I was about 10 years old.
#165
Old_Minnow - 7/28/2015 4:03 AM
[Choose #5] Loyd Bridges and Jacques Cousteau and sky diving got boring.
#49
Avieightor - 6/01/2015 7:17 PM
[Choose #5] I grew uo watching Jacques Cousteau on TV, couldn’t wait to Scuba Dive!!!
#104
mcolligon - 2/03/2015 4:56 PM
[Choose #5] Sea Hunt and Jaques Cousteau.
#1269
NORTHEAST - 10/13/2014 4:03 PM
[Choose #5] I was on on vacation in DR and tried it because I seen they offers it. I spent a half hour I’m a pool and 45 minutes at -60’ and loved every second of it. Ever since then I was hooked.
#10989
Brian_V - 9/16/2014 3:45 PM
[Choose #1] My wife was working in a dive shop, so it was a requirement for her, but just a fun thing to try for me!
#86
newbuddy - 8/24/2014 4:23 PM
[Choose #2] I love the scuba world,i had 30 dives this year
#142
USACMASDiver - 7/30/2014 1:04 PM
[Choose #5] I learned to skin dive before I learned to ride a bike, so scuba was a broadening of what I was most familiar with ...
Anonymous - 6/11/2014 5:01 PM
[Choose #5] Seahunt Tv show and I don’t think that I am the only one that enjoys wearing a nice tight rubber suit?
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hardhat06 - 5/20/2014 5:09 AM
[Choose #5] Started in the military in the 70’s
#552
FritzMoore - 5/04/2014 4:40 PM
[Choose #5] Jacques Cousteau specials and the wild kingdom show - anyone remember that show?
Anonymous - 5/02/2014 4:21 AM
[Choose #5] A combination of 2 and 3 but mostly 2.
Anonymous - 4/30/2014 5:47 AM
[Choose #4] thought it was something my son and I could enjoy together. 2 years later we are both advanced divers and he is going for his dive master this summer
#38
diver69420 - 4/25/2014 1:42 PM
[Choose #5] vacation in cozumel hooked me from the start
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Plmr747 - 4/08/2014 1:24 PM
[Choose #5] I got tires of treasure hunting on land, the water is one big time capsule, only one way to truly explore it...
#557
sobie18 - 4/05/2014 6:30 AM
[Choose #5] Stationed on Guam at the time; it was a great opportunity, the water is warm, and I made a bunch of new friends.
Anonymous - 4/03/2014 11:45 PM
[Choose #5] My Dad was a Naval Diver
#346
shellmoundal - 4/03/2014 7:12 AM
[Choose #2] Lloyd Bridges, Mike Nelson, Sea Hunt TV Series. It got me hooked.
Anonymous - 4/01/2014 4:16 PM
[Choose #2] Jacques Cousteau and James Bond
#1602
LONGTAILBDA - 3/30/2014 5:23 AM
[Choose #2] "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau"
Anonymous - 3/28/2014 3:28 PM
[Choose #3] Public Safety Diving for our fire department
#44
MrScubaBeav - 3/27/2014 7:00 PM
[Choose #5] We have a passion for reef and underwater life forms.
#85
justinsane - 3/26/2014 2:56 PM
[Choose #2] Went to Aus. backpacking from Sydney to Cairns and stopped on Magnetic isl. to prepare myself for Cairns with a temporary OW card. Changed my life.
#45
peter814 - 3/25/2014 7:53 PM
[Choose #2] I was originally inspired by the show Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges. I am an explorer by heart and wanted to explore underwater, especially after I saw divers below me while snorkeling in Cozumel.
Anonymous - 3/25/2014 7:49 PM
[Choose #2] originally inspired by the show Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges. I am an explorer by heart and wanted to explore underwater, especially after i saw divers below me while snorkeling in Cozumel.
#210
jniery - 3/25/2014 6:32 AM
[Choose #2] Finally did it just before my 49th birthday.
Anonymous - 3/23/2014 4:29 PM
[Choose #2] I wanted to belike Mike Nelson. He was the coolest guy in the world to a 6 year old
Anonymous - 3/23/2014 1:15 PM
[Choose #5] Snorkeling was not enough
#57
marmar - 3/23/2014 9:38 AM
[Choose #2] In 1988 i was newly divorced. so i have always loved the ocean. diving sounded great!! then i met my husband now and he always wanted to
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daz88 - 3/21/2014 10:19 PM
[Choose #5] always loved the water and always in it. stayed at a resort in Jamaica and took the discover course to try diving while I was there. Hooked before the 1st dive was finished. ended up doing 5 dives while I was there
Anonymous - 3/21/2014 2:51 AM
[Choose #5] Jaws kept me out of the water.. Scuba was my way back in. (Master Instructor #83169)
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tammer - 3/20/2014 2:29 PM
[Choose #5] Jacques Cousteau and the movie "The Deep" created a desire to see what it was like in the ocean.
Anonymous - 3/20/2014 12:27 PM
[Choose #2] Jacques Cousteau and Aqua Man were my heros
Anonymous - 3/20/2014 11:37 AM
[Choose #5] Watching television shows like Sea Hunt and Jacque Cousteau’s Silent World intrigued me and when I had the opportunity to learn to dive in college, I jumped at the chance. That was 41 years ago!
Anonymous - 3/20/2014 6:07 AM
[Choose #2] I’ve always wanted to dive but never found the time with raising a family and working two jobs while going to trade school. but after going to mexico for my sons wedding and doing some snorkling at age 50 I knew it was time.
Anonymous - 3/20/2014 6:05 AM
[Choose #5] Looking for adventure
Anonymous - 3/20/2014 4:08 AM
[Choose #5] I have always been fascinated with marine life. any tank size I bought was never big enough. so I decided to scuba dive.
Anonymous - 3/19/2014 4:28 PM
[Choose #2] I was entering a Mid-life crisis and figured Diving was safer than chasing women!
Anonymous - 3/19/2014 5:16 AM
[Choose #5] Taking a tropical trip and wanted to dive
Anonymous - 3/18/2014 5:37 PM
[Choose #5] Always an avid swimmer and snorkeler so scuba seemed like the next obvious thing to do.
Anonymous - 3/18/2014 1:41 PM
[Choose #3] Military
Anonymous - 3/18/2014 7:57 AM
[Choose #5] I attempted a resort course that turned out to be disaster in Jamaica back in 2002. I attempted again at a local shop and have been diving ever since and I am currently working on my DM certification.
Anonymous - 3/18/2014 7:25 AM
[Choose #2] I was 16. Now I’m 68 and I still love it. Anybody remember "Sea Hunt?"
Anonymous - 3/18/2014 6:10 AM
[Choose #5] I started to work at a dive shop as a sales girl but never dived in my life. So my boss made me do a DSD (discover scuba diving program) so that I knew what I was selling. I then decided to take the Open Water course. Now I am a diving Instructor.
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gillyn - 3/17/2014 8:03 PM
[Choose #2] I started diving in the 80s as I was thrilled by the James Bond movies and always wants to Dive. As my Dad was in the Defence, he taught be SCUBA diving.
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meltonart - 3/17/2014 7:34 PM
[Choose #5] I was working at Ripleys Aquarium and they had a deal with dive shop to get class cheap
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tazzer9797 - 3/17/2014 3:53 PM
[Choose #5] Was snorkeling in mexico and saw all the fish...said I wanna go deeper... now I am a very poor divemaster ..lol
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 2:28 PM
[Choose #5] Was on a cruise and saw people in wet suits with gear
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 10:18 AM
[Choose #2] A little of one and two...I tried a discover SCUBA on vacation, and three years later a friend convinced me to get certified.
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 8:31 AM
[Choose #2] Since watching Sea Hunt many years ago I have wanted to dive. For my 60th BDay I gave myself a cert class and have been diving for 5 yrs.
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 8:07 AM
[Choose #5] I was stationed in Japan while in the Navy and a dive club was formed since I had been interested for some time and one of my brothers was already certified I decided to jump in and get wet.
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 6:19 AM
[Choose #2] at the moment cannot go scuba got some accident on a yacht where i was working but if there will be a chance i really would like to dive.
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 4:10 AM
[Choose #5] falled into water from windsurfing board in Maldives and found an amazing underwater world I would like to discover
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 3:00 AM
[Choose #5] It was offered free at a resort, so I tried it and haven’t stopped.
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hardhatdiver - 3/17/2014 1:38 AM
[Choose #5] A stepping stone to learn how to hard hat dive.
Anonymous - 3/17/2014 1:36 AM
[Choose #5] A stepping stone to learn how to hard hat dive.
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 7:43 PM
[Choose #5] the television program Sea Hunt...yep gett’n old
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oceanbound - 3/16/2014 6:31 PM
[Choose #2] I watched my mom dive while we were on Guam. I was a kid and couldn’t. So i told myself one day I will be able to do that! Just took 40 more years.
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 6:14 PM
[Choose #2] I always wanted to try but didnt have the money. As a gift, a friend purchased an Open Water Course - have never looked back since
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Peter-EH-NJ - 3/16/2014 4:47 PM
[Choose #5] Did a tourist dive in Langkawi, Malaysia, and got hooked. Later, a friend told me about a good dive shop in my home town. Went to visit, and became comfortable with their NAUI courses. Soon, I passed my Basic Open Water Certification.
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 1:38 PM
[Choose #2] I lived in a island for many year and the sea always have been my passion
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1BLACKFISH - 3/16/2014 11:55 AM
[Choose #2] SAW THE MOVIE CITY SLICKERS YEARS AGO AND SAID GEE I AM NOW IN MY 40s I HAVE TO TRY SOMETHING TOTTALY OFF THE WALL DIFFERENT SO I GOT THE BUG TO GET CERTIFI. AND HAVE NOT STOPPED SINCE ALL YEAR LONG .
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 11:51 AM
[Choose #2] I love the sea and swimming and gives me an enourmeous pleasure, diving was the next step. Now I am moving to Panama to be able to dive more often,
#35
scubaTodd - 3/16/2014 11:42 AM
[Choose #5] One day I had the idea to go scuba diving.
#361
NewtoScubaHB2 - 3/16/2014 9:44 AM
[Choose #5] I realized I lived in Southern California and its a great palce to scuba dive as many people do here. Also, I finally understood, as it is said, no one will ever say they did not spend enough time time at work. Just wish the light had come on sooner.
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Scubadad2 - 3/16/2014 9:37 AM
[Choose #2] I watched Jacques Cousteau all the time as a kid and I wanted to "DO THAT".
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DianaBarbara - 3/16/2014 9:01 AM
[Choose #2] I was always a snorkeler, however last year I did a discovery dive and thought is was so awesome, so this year I got certified, wish I did it years ago, diving is new and exciting.
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rashley - 3/16/2014 8:43 AM
[Choose #4] I was walking throught he mall just before Christmas and one of the shops had a display and a few people set up. They were running a dive video and I was hooked. I don’t know if it was the video, or the enthusiasm of the particular instructor.
#142
mainer04270 - 3/16/2014 8:18 AM
[Choose #1] My husband was going to learn with me or without me, so I had no choice. I had to be able to keep an eye on him, before he ended up in the South China Sea!! Now I’m more passionate about diving than he is!
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 7:45 AM
[Choose #2] When I was growing up in Iowa we would go to lake Okaboji and at the Emporium their was a dive shop with a sub so I was intriged, and it was the firts place I saw a single hose regulator Scuba Pro mark V thought it would be so cool to dive.
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 7:43 AM
[Choose #5] I went on a "discover scuba" excursion on a cruise ship and was immediately hooked.
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pb1969 - 3/16/2014 7:30 AM
[Choose #2] It was my greatest wish since i was 4 years old...but it took a long time to make this wish come true...i began at the age of 40
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 6:34 AM
[Choose #5] I was in Singapore and I read a poster saying ’Try Scuba diving with sharks’, and that was the first time I scuba dived, and it was with sharks
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 5:34 AM
[Choose #5] I was gold panning and wanted to get to better dirt, which was in deep water. We got a dredge to get to deeper dirt and that meant staying underwater so we go certified to fill our tanks
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 5:17 AM
[Choose #2] I have always loved being around the ocean and wanted to discover how beautiful the underwater world was up close & personal
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 4:52 AM
[Choose #5] to add to my resume. Now it is all about the fun I have with it. Love it!!!!
Anonymous - 3/16/2014 2:49 AM
[Choose #5] I was snorkeling in St. John and saw a whole new world below me that I couldn’t get to with the outfit I was wearing.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 11:29 PM
[Choose #5] I was surrounded by an island reef in the pacific and snorkeling just didn’t do justice to the beauty of reef.
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JoePagano - 3/15/2014 10:11 PM
[Choose #2] Snorkled since a boy, kicking myself for waiting so long, don’t ask, but making up for lost time. And like so many others - Sea Hunt and Lloyd Bridges
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 10:10 PM
[Choose #5] My father described all the cool things he saw diving...wanted to see for myself!
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 10:05 PM
[Choose #2] I grew up watching jock cousteau and other adveniure shows. I was going to learn to do it as soon as I could.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 7:50 PM
[Choose #5] Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges. After that I was hooked. o.k. so it ages me. :)
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 4:30 PM
[Choose #5] life guarding at a pool that was holding Naui classes, instead of paying to keep the pool open, that let me join the classes, certified for free, lol
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 4:27 PM
[Choose #2] I saw scuba in different types of TV shows and it looked like fun.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 3:54 PM
[Choose #1] My wife
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Jaydiver - 3/15/2014 3:03 PM
[Choose #2] I did a DSD in Curaçao and just couldn’t stop :-)
#55
Cpt_Randall - 3/15/2014 2:40 PM
[Choose #1] I was certified at 13. I exaggerated my age, so they thought I was 14. 1975
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 2:32 PM
[Choose #5] I have allways love the sea and marine life. In 1979, when I was living in Nueba and working in the moshav-Neviot Holiday Village, they had a diving center. So I took a diving course and dove almost every day and did their diving seafaris.I loved it!
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 1:45 PM
[Choose #5] I had a dream I could breathe under water
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 1:30 PM
[Choose #5] My wife, knowing of my long held dream, bought me an intro package as a surprise gift in 2005. I was 59.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 12:59 PM
[Choose #5] #1+#2! :) before certification i never had the opportunity to do it until i met this girl who was already diving.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 12:43 PM
[Choose #5] I can totally relax and not strain to hear a thing! All visual and panoramic to me! Awesome! For someone hearing impaired like me, who has to work and live in a hearing world, scuba is the ultimate way to decompress!
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 11:59 AM
[Choose #2] You enter a new world few can experiance when you dive.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 11:29 AM
[Choose #5] My mother got certified and I wanted to try. So I went for it at 14! That was 30 years ago!!!
#438
billsoccer - 3/15/2014 11:08 AM
[Choose #2] the show Sea Hunt put it in my head about 50 years earlier!
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 10:45 AM
[Choose #5] I was challenging myself to overcome my greatest fear. I could barely swim.
Anonymous - 3/15/2014 10:34 AM
[Choose #5] Sea Hunt as a kid. Fetish pleasures too
#2587
John_giu - 3/15/2014 10:11 AM
[Choose #5] SEA HUNT! I have absolutely no fear or Common Sense, and the sign at Sandals read "EVERYONE DIVES" seemed like a good idea at the time.