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What kind of diver are you anyway?

The Diver Personality Test will help you find out!

  • What characteristics do you exhibit while diving?
  • Twelve different diver profiles
  • You got to have a sense of humor!
  • Become a better diver and dive buddy

Divers are different in fundamental ways

Our motivations, purposes, aims, and needs are diverse. What “trips one diver’s trigger” may not do anything for another. Just think about dive trips you’ve made and the variety of diver personalities you’ve encountered!

It’s easy to analyze other divers’ behavior, but what about our own? This question prompted us to create a questionnaire to help a diver assess his or her diving behaviors and preferences. No, this test isn’t scientifically validated. It isn’t based on Jung’s theories or the four temperaments of Hippocrates, Adickes, Kretschmer, Spranger and Adler. We designed it just for the fun of it (and maybe for the value created from just a little personal introspection).

Different diver profiles

The Diver Personality Profiler is based on years of diving with hundreds of people from all walks of life and from many corners of the world. We recognize that no two diver personalities are exactly alike. But we took creative liberty by combining the myriad of diver characteristics and behaviors into the 12 “diver profiles” we use for this assessment. If you’ve been diving for some time, we think you’ll realize a little of your current or past behavior in each of the diver profiles we’ve created.

Put on your best sense of humor

Use the Diver Personality Profiler as we intend it to be used with a healthy sense of humor. There is no “right” or “wrong” profile. Each personality profile has its positive and negative characteristics. You may even find you are a combination of several profiles. (There’s no need to dial up a psychologist for counseling unless all of your dive buddies really think you need it!)

Tempering the worst, enhancing the best

We hope this assessment helps divers become more aware of good and not-so-good diving behaviors in a fun way. In the longrun, we hope this information helps divers reflect on how they can modify their behaviors to become better dive companions and outstanding stewards of the environment.


Select the statement or choice that comes the closest to describing you. You shall answer ALL questions for the system to properly analyze your diver personality.

Use the comment section to post your profile.

If given the choice, I’d rather:

  • hunt for sharks
  • hunt for invertebrates

Overall, I prefer dives that are:

  • relaxing and tranquil.
  • exciting and challenging.

You’ve just begun your tenth “once in a lifetime” dive trip to the South Pacific. You’re on a liveaboard for a week. It’s day three and you still haven’t seen the school of 200 devil rays that you read about in a dive magazine. You:

  • tell yourself that it doesn’t matter because the dozens of strange and unusual marine creatures you saw on a muck dive were simply fantastic.
  • insist the captain revise the dive itinerary to increase the possibility of getting a second chance to see the devil rays.
  • decide that seeing the devil rays really isn’t that important because you’re having so much fun visiting and getting to know your fellow divers.
  • have forgotten about the devil rays. Your shots of a painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus) wrapped around a coral skeleton and flashing its lure is good enough to send into National Geographic!

If given the choice, I’d rather:

  • listen to a marine biologist discuss the morphological and behavioral differences among Pseudanthias.
  • play a game of cards and tell dive vacation stories with fellow divers.

I’ve been on enough dives now that I find myself:

  • disappointed when I don’t see something different and interesting.
  • bored or amused by new divers who are excited about seeing a parrot fish for the first time.
  • more and more interested in identifying the fishes I see, and studying their habitats and behaviors.
  • needing to replace or update my dive skin, wetsuits, gloves and BC with a newer, color-coordinated ensemble.

Sometimes when other divers talk about the fantastic marine life they observed on a dive, I think:

  • “Maybe they’ll let me tag along with them on the next dive so I can see these things too.”
  • “They must be making this stuff up since I didn’t see any of these things! And I scouted out the entire reef.

If another diver asked me if I knew the difference between a yellowhead moray and a ocellated moray, I would likely respond by saying:

  • “The first inhabits coral reefs and the second lives in sea grass beds or offshore banks.”
  • “Who cares? An eel is an eel. That’s good enough for me.”
  • “Are you more interested in the morphological or the behavioral characteristics of each species?”
  • “I’d love to answer that for you but I’m leaving for the Miss Tonga pageant with some fellow divers!”

Frequently, on dives I:

  • become so relaxed that I almost forget to breath.
  • get so excited and out-of-breath that I consume most of my air supply during the first 15 minutes of my dive.

In comparison to most divers:

  • I feel I have better athletic abilities and have done more challenging diving.
  • I have honed my ability to reach an altered state of relaxation and communion with the environment.

You are on the first dive of your 14- day liveaboard trip on the Red Sea and find you really need to empty your bladder. You’re wearing a new wetsuit you purchased before the trip. You have 6 frames of film left and about 10 minutes of bottom time. You:

  • urinate in your wetsuit without hesitation so you can concentrate on using up your film.
  • decide to abort the dive immediately so you can use the tiolet on the boat. You’ve heard that the ammonia content of urine can be harmful to the reef.

What are you most likely to do between dives:

  • eat, relax and converse with fellow divers.
  • change into a “tan thru” swimsuit and lay in the sun.
  • log what marine life you observed on your last dive.

When I pack for a dive trip, I:

  • pack clothes for every possible water and land-based activity as well as all weather conditions.
  • throw in a couple pair of shorts, a few T-shirt and hope for the best.

Reef fishes:

  • make the dive.
  • are nice but sharks are better.

You are listening to a morning dive briefing on a liveaboard. The dive master says the dive will be on a sea mount that reaches to 60 feet from the surface. She also indicates this is a great site for spotting sharks but that the current is exceptionally strong. She advises you to descend to at least 90 feet, pick a spot facing into the current, anchor yourself to a stronghold, sit and wait for the sharks to pass by. You:

  • decide you’d rather save your bottom time for a later dive where you can explore a coral garden observing and or photographing a variety of brightly colored reef fishes.
  • make sure you’re one of the first divers in the water. You quickly descending to 100 feet, spot several sharks and utilize you athletic abilities to move into the current for a closer look.
  • follow the instructions of the dive master to the letter. You patiently wait for the sharks to appear. Then, you notice a couple of other divers who have apparently spotted a hammerhead. They are quickly swimming into the current toward the shark. You cuss their inconsiderate behavior which has totally eliminated your chance of observing the shark. You consider giving them a piece of your mind when you get back to the boat.
  • make the dive and after several minutes of waiting for the sharks to appear, you realize that you are close to several large, pristine gorgonians. You pull out your magnifying glass from your BC pocket and move in for a closer look. You discover a pygmy seahorse! No, not just any Hoppocampus bargabanti but a pregnant one! You spend the rest of the dive observing it through your magnifying glass oblivious to the sharks passing behind you.

I think it is worse to:

  • miss an opportunity to see a huge school of grouper at 125 feet.
  • come up with 100 psi in my tank.

Do you:

  • prefer all divers follow the rules for the good of the group?
  • say to yourself: “To hell with them! I paid a lot of money for this trip. I’m going to get my money’s worth even if it means breaking a few rules.”?

Do you feel better about:

  • having as much safety gear with you on a dive as possible?
  • diving with as little equipment as possible?

You’re half way through your dive trip and have just enjoyed an incredible day of diving. At dinner, your dive master announces a possibility of a night dive under the town pier. You:

  • jump out of your chair and wave your hand high indicating your desire to be a participant. You’ve gone on every night dive so far because you’re on a mission to observe the behavior of the Antennaruis striatus.
  • decline the opportunity because you’ve been drinking beer since the last afternoon dive. You don’t care anyway because you’re in the middle of telling your divers about your past dive trip.
  • quickly indicate your interest in going. This will be your opportunity to make your 601th night dive lasting over an hour at a depth of more than 60 feet.
  • you sign up to go since you’ll have an opportunity to test out your new dive flashlight (lantern) and your new underwater Global Positioning System.

It is better to:

  • scout out the reef and see as much of a dive site as possible.
  • find an interesting area of the reef in the first few minutes and hang out there for most of the dive.

Good divers:

  • never, never touch the coral reef.
  • only touch it when they can safely move marine life for a better photo opportunity.

Immediately after a dive you are more apt to:

  • make a series of notations in you logbook listing the marine life you saw by common and scientific name. You also note their habitat and the behaviors you observed.
  • check out your spare air, underwater communication device and note the saturation levels on your brand new dive computer.
  • change into a new swim suit, grab a cool drink, pick out a lounge chair that maximizes the best tanning position, and visit with a fellow diver.
  • rinse off your camera gear, meticulously dry it and begin the process of loading new film, greasing, and fiddling with gaskets and seals.

You just arrived at your dive destination. Grabbing your dive bag, you begin unloading your gear. You’re sitting next to another diver who is also unpacking his equipment. In comparison, you:

  • notice his dive gear looks like a mismatch of garage sale finds. You can’t wait to slip into your new wetsuit, matching fins, mask and gloves. You’re proud of your carefully selected dive ensemble and think about how fantastic you’ll look as you make that first giant stride off the boat.
  • notice your dive gear looks like it’s been through World War II. Your 1970’s BC and your old, 10-pound Scuba Pro fins are scarred from hundreds of abrasions on scientific explorations. You don’t give it another thought since it’s served you well on hundreds of underwater explorations.
  • notice the sight and smell of your wetsuit. The knees are abraded and scared from kneeling on substrate for hours while you compose the perfect photo or video. You simply dismiss the smell as a compromise between your bladder and your need for a few more photos.
  • remove only a BC, fins and mask. In your opinion, all other equipment is just too cumbersome and restrictive! Your goal is “become one” with the elements and enter an altered state of consciousness during dives.

When checking my luggage on a dive trip, I:

  • check everything except my camera equipment, which I never let out of your sight.
  • check one small bag and carry one small bag; I don’t own or want any camera gear!
  • check two large bags which are much too heavy to carry; take a small rolling suitcase and an assortment of small items (Walkman, water bottle, neck pillow, fanny pack and etc.) which I try to squeeze into the airplane overhead comparments.

Which words appeal to you the most:

  • safety stop
  • f-stop

When divers observe me underwater they see:

  • a person in constant motion.
  • a person that looks lifeless.
  • a person that looks like a one-man band.
  • a fashion model.

Which words make you feel better:

  • deep, deep, deep
  • big picture

I am more likely to strike up a conversation with another diver who:

  • has the newest camera and underwater housing.
  • has the newest dive computer and UW dive gadgets.
  • has the best looking divewear.
  • is standing the closest to me.

A diver most like me:

  • goes where no other divers dare to go.
  • carries some great camera gear.
  • spends the dive looking at stuff through a magnifying glass.
  • writes and contributes content for scholarly marine life publications.

I am more attracted to dive magazine ads that feature:

  • computers, gauges and gadgets.
  • photographic equipment.
  • fish identification books.
  • pretty people modeling and displaying any of the above.

On a dive, I am more likely to trust:

  • my dive buddy.
  • my dive computer.
  • a “higher power”.
  • the divemaster.

If asked to join one of the following, I’d choose:

  • The Society for the Advancement of Dive Technology
  • The Association of Professional Underwater Photographers
  • Club Med
  • Greenpeace

Which of the following sites have the greatest appeal to you:

  • A sandy slope with numerous shrimp-gobies and their commensal shrimp, sand divers and garden eels
  • Gliding over a beautiful coral garden with clouds of smaller fishes swimming over the reef
  • a pinnacle in 120 feet of water that is home to an aggregation of gray reef sharks
  • the motel’s pool bar

Which training most appeals to you as a course you’d like to take in the future (or one you’ve taken in the past that you really liked):

  • nitrox or rebreather training
  • marine life identification training
  • decompression dive training
  • a class on becoming a dive resort activities director

Have you ever done a dusk dive to observed reef fishes spawning?Yes

  • No
  • What is “spawning”?

I have the following number of clips, lanyards and retractors on my BC?

  • just two or three
  • more than four

Do you use a dive slate?

  • Yes
  • No

More than once, I’ve caught myself:

  • totally losing track of time while laying on the bottom of ocean floor observing the behavior of garden eels.
  • at 125 feet thinking I’d like to just keep descending until all light disappeared.
  • urinating in my wetsuit so I could stay longer and/or warmer.

I like going on dives:

  • in search of a species of fish that I can observe.
  • with no specific mission.

Is it better to go on a dive trip:

  • where the diving is good and fellow divers are interesting and fun.
  • where the diving is spectacular but all of the divers are inconsiderate, selfish jerks.

Are you more apt to return from an hour dive at 60 feet:

  • with 300 psi or less in your tank.
  • with exactly 500 psi in your tank.
  • with at least 1000 psi in your tank.
  • with an empty tank.

Which statement best describes you:

  • I own more diving gadgets than the average diver.
  • I own more reef fish books than the average diver.
  • I feel I have better dive experiences than the average diver.
  • I’ve documented every one of my dives and detailed all of the interesting marine life I’ve seen by common and scientific name.

Which words have the greatest appeal to you:

  • big and many
  • strange and few

You are at 90 feet, swimming through the hull of a World War II wreck in the Solomon Islands. Your dive buddy is experiencing feelings of dizziness and disorientation. You:

  • make eye contact with your dive buddy and communicate with him/her via your high-tech underwater communication system.
  • wave to him or her and keep taking photographs of a spectacular hairy ghost pipefish that you discovered among red filamentous algae.
  • keep on descending to your target depth of 110 feet because you haven’t seen your dive buddy since you began the dive over 10 minutes ago.
  • Make eye contact with your dive buddy, use hand signals to identify the problem, offer your safe second stage and make an ascent to safety.

What’s more important to you:

  • understanding what you see under water
  • seeing underwater
  • just being underwater

You are on a dive looking at a beautiful coral head when you notice a lone diver who is apparently in distress. You:

  • indicate to your dive partner to follow you, swim closer to the lone diver, get his/her attention using hand signals to ascertain the problem, and make eye contact. With a calm, meditative assurance, you offer your regulator and make a safe ascent to the boat.
  • notice someone out of the corner of your eye, but your attention is quickly diverted to a large school of pelagics hanging over the wall and you frantically swim over to the school to get a better look. On the way, you see what you think is a nurse shark between two coral outcrops and you forget about the school of pelagics.
  • quickly enlist the assistance of your dive buddy and the dive master who is pointing out the location of a snowflake moray. As a team, you masterfully assist the lone diver to the safety of the boat.

On trips I’m always:

  • well dressed and have a good selection of appropriate clothing for almost any activity.
  • more concerned with convenient and comfort even if it means wearing the same clothes for a week or two.

Spending an entire dive just watching the spawning behavior of the barred hamlet sounds:

  • like a piece of heaven.
  • fantastic if I can capture their behavior on film.
  • like a boring and ridiculous waste of time.
  • I don’t know. What is “spawning”?

At the end of a day of diving you:

  • retire early to your room or cabin to study your marine life books.
  • hover in the galley looking at your underwater slides and other people’s photographs and videos.
  • spend some time checking your gear, dive computer and new your GPS.
  • order a few drinks and visit with your fellow divers.

Would you dive to 150 feet:

  • to get a glimpse of a rare species of deep water butterflyfish?
  • just for the fun of it?
  • to plan and carry-out a decompression dive with your hi-tech computer gear?
  • No! I would never dive to 150 feet as a recreational diver!

You’ve just come up from a dive where you saw many interesting species of fishes. You turn to the diver standing next to you and begin to describe one fish in particular. You are more apt to say:

  • “I saw the neatest fish! I’m not sure what it is called but it looked like it was covered in algae. In fact, I almost missed seeing it. It was hairy and kinda crawled around using its fins. When we got close it just sat there and rocked back and forth!”
  • “Wow! I just saw a scorpionfish.”
  • “What a fantastic dive. I spotted a lacey scorpionfish!”
  • “Incredible! I just got a fantastic photo of a Rhinopias aphanes sitting in front of a spectacular crinoid.”

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