10 Scuba Slang Every Diver Should Know

10 Scuba Slang Every Diver Should Know

Legend tells us that the Inuit tribe had more than fifty words for different kinds of snow. Imagine that, over fifty? Scuba divers have just as much jargon for describing their dive missions. Here’s your scuba slang 101:

1. Aqualung

This is a high-pressure cylinder that contains breathing gas. It comes with a regulator to supply the gas at ambient pressure to the diver.

2. Bootie

This is a neoprene fashioned dive footwear typically worn under open-heel fins to insulate your feet, prevent abrasion and protect your feet during your dive. And yes, it is subject to every joke possible!

3. Buddy

This one is your diving mate whom you are responsible for and vice versa during your dive.

4. Divemaster

A professional-level scuba diver who has charted with a minimum of sixty dives and is qualified to assist dive instructors on dive boats and during accreditation courses.

5. Pool

This pertains to any body of water you’re about to dive in, whether it’s a gulf, lake or the Pacific Ocean.

6. Tech Diver Salute

This is a raised index finger signaling everything is in good form.

7. Purge

This is to take out the contents of something. For instance, draining any water from your regulator.

8. Viz/Visibility

This refers to the distance in how far you can see underwater clearly. It is typically measured in feet or meters.

9. Golden Triangle

This applies to the area between the chin and the nipples where it is the most accessible to store gear such as knives and regulators.

10. No fly time

The suggested time frame divers should wait between their last dive and boarding an airplane.

Communication is the key to scuba diving. Many times, scuba slang stands for the good and bad of the so-called scuba culture. The scuba terminology is still evolving as we speak and everyone is free to add a new jargon to its glossary pages.

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5 Reasons Why Tenggol is Every Scuba Diver’s Favorite Dive Site

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site

About 14 nautical miles off the coast of the quiet fishing town of Kuala Dungun, Malaysia lies the sleepy island of Tenggol. The spectacular island probably has all the reasons in the world why it’s on the list of favorite places of scuba divers but for the meantime, here are 5 excerpts why:

1. Tropical Climate for a Tropical dive

Malaysia is holding one of the diving gems of the world. The beautiful beach of Tenggol has the right temperature for rich eco-diversity and fun-filled activities. The average temperature can reach up to a warm 32°C to a cold 25°C during the night. The island offers the best diving experience during the months of March to October. In the time of the dry season, the visibility is at its finest reaching up to 20m.

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site

2. 20 Awesome Dive Spots

You read it right! Tenggol is a mother of 20 equally beautiful islands for every kind of divers to explore. From an impressive coral canvass encompassing almost the whole ocean floor, breathtaking rock walls and boulders, magnificent seascapes, sunken ships, and rocky terrains to rich micro and macro life. These spots will surely satisfy your hunger for adventure.

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site


3. Home to magical creatures – Underwater and Above

Tenggol hosts different kinds of creatures, the diving sites shelters Nudibranchs, Sea Turtles, Giant Double-headed Parrotfish, Yellow Fusiliers, and Trevallies. Each spot is endowed with coral gardens and vibrant marine life. Encounters with large pelagics, Whale Sharks, and Manta Rays can also be experienced by lucky divers at certain times but the most common are the Eagle Rays, Black-tipped Reef Sharks, and Large Barracudas. The creatures on the land including the Malaysian people are equally magnificent.

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site


4. “Detoxification” from the city

The island mirrors a tranquil paradise that will surely wipe away your never-ending agony, may it be physically or emotionally from your reoccurring urban responsibilities.  It was once hailed as the “Best Diving Site in Peninsula Malaysia” by the Asian Diver Magazine in 2002 and managed to preserve its whimsical beauty.

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site

5. Lovely sunset

The rustic vibe of the island will inspire you to just lay down and forget the hectic schedule of the urban life. Tenggol would let you to just relax, breathe, and think of nothing but the beauty that surrounds you. Do not forget to pack your camera and wait for the magical dawn to add to your photo collection. Before the day ends, a lovely sunset will welcome you to another unforgettable night of your life.

5 reasons why Tenggol is every scuba divers favorite dive site


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