#Scuba dive boat bullies and whiners

The 'superior' mammal stretched out on the dive boat.

A ‘superior’ mammal stretched out on the dive boat.

“I don’t take photos when I scuba diving unless someone else is paying me,” he said.

The same guy who was asking me to email photos I’d taken of him playing with sea lions, and wasn’t offering me any money! The same guy who complained the image files I emailed were too small and then twice emailed me back home to inquire as to why I hadn’t emailed larger files.

(The files I initially emailed him, which were going up on my Facebook page anyway, were plenty large enough. The idiot was looking at thumbnails, not realizing – I guess – you gotta click on them and save them. He did NOT get any additional images from me.)

What nerve. What an ass. What an appropriate new contestant for Tank’s Travel Jerk Traveller of the Year.

Did I mention he has a Mercedes? He did. Several times.

He also had lots to say about my scuba gear (inferior to his), the scuba company with which we were diving (inferior to the one he once operated) and his scuba training (superior to everyone else’s).

We spent several days as the only English speaking people on a dive boat. Except for the day the ‘professional’ cameraman with his giant $10,000 USD camera gear and lights came aboard the small boat and began bossing people around. Moaning about dive sites. Later in the day, I witnessed him bullying the office staff in an effort to get out of paying for a portion of the trip. He succeeded.

And then there was the guy bitching about the flour tortillas at lunch. “Where are the CORN tortillas?,” he barked in Spanish and English for three days in a row.

This is what I have to put up with. Grateful for it, as it supplies amusing content for Tank’s Travels.

I did meet some wonderful scuba divers on the boat. They taught me the Japanese word “oshikko”. It means pee, as in pee pee. They peed themselves laughing every time I said it, which was a lot.

That’s me, promoting peace, harmony and good manners where ever I travel. And, taking notes when I encounter those who don’t.




2 thoughts on “#Scuba dive boat bullies and whiners

  1. Hi Tank! I keep enjoying your super honest reviews of bad manners on scuba diving boats. Nevertheless, as I rarely see the same I start to wonder… Are you that unlucky? Or are we just diving in different conditions? Please no judgement on you from my side but it seems you do a lot of liveaboards, which are usually quite expensive and as a result not for everyone… would rich scuba divers be statistically ruder? I’m just wondering… 🙂

    Regarding the pictures, I understand your frustration. Everywhere I go now, people ask for my SD card so I kindly give a card with the address of my blog saying the best pictures will be available on it or on Facebook.

    • Unlucky? Hee hee. I’m very fortunate to meet these rude people. They supply excellent material for my blog.

      Here’s the thing. I was a journalist for many years. I sit and watch and take note of things. I’m always on the lookout for a story. So, it’s probably that I’m paying attention to these rude beings where others have tuned them out!

      I’ve never been on a liveaboard. So expensive. Doing my first to the Galapagos next Christmas.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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