After 15 years of supervision and hard work, Jean-François Reybeyrotte presented his thesis for his training as a regional diving instructor. For this work, he has established an original typology of divers, men diver and women diver.
Indeed, for him, every diver happens to be unique. However, he or she shares similarities with other divers at the same time.
“Similar behavioral characteristics with many more people than one would think at first sight“
As part of his work, Jean-François had asked me to help him a bit. He wished to name a description of the different types of passionate I had published. I had proposed it in the article on 8 attitudes of divers who benefit (more intensely and stronger than others) .
Also, I wanted to make you discover your profile as a diving enthusiast according to Jean-François.
Just as Jean-François’ thesis was dedicated to her, I want to dedicate this article to Sara :
“Sara who did not have the chance to appreciate
a first wonderful diving experience
because her instructor did not know how to adapt himself
in her way of perceiving the Unknown “
20 profiles of scuba diving enthusiasts
Each profile is illustrated by a drawing of Sara Quod
1. The Globe-trotter
He has dived on every continent, every ocean, every sea, and knows most procedures. One could say that he lives hanging on his suitcase.
2. The Old One
He has built truths through his experience. As a result, this diver can become highly resistant to any proposal for evolution.
3. The Expert
The presence of this diver reassures.
It’s all so much better when he’s here with us. He finds solutions to all the problems, his knowledge and experiences make a reference. And as soon as he explains something, everything becomes clear and bright. As far as he expresses it because most of the time he is one of the most silent.
4. The Brain
Everything must go through an intellectualization of the act, the difference of the spinal people where everything is automatic.
5. The Technician
His main passion is the material. He knows everything about everything, has the latest releases on the market. In the same way, you can not beat him on the mechanical and electronic operations.Finally, diving allows him especially to test and improve what is not yet perfect.
6. The Academician
He needs a academic report to the different knowledge of diving. As a result, he only trusts divers who he recognizes as more qualified and / or competent (or experienced) than him.
7. The Performer (or the warrior )
Always deeper, longer and above all more intensely. He is a “ Overthrower ” of limits whether they are regulatory or personal.
8. The Bored one
He is one of those who have “seen everything and done everything” underwater. Even if he is quite a newbie.
9. The Formal one
His strict respect for protocols (especially safety) makes him a safe diver … as long as what has been planned is realized. If this is not the case, he can have a hard time to adapt.
10. The Adaptable
Whatever the hazards of the day, this diver always finds an interest and satisfaction in his dive. You can recognize him with this sign “everything is fine”.
11. The careless (or unconscious?)
He is so confident in his buddy or Divemaster or teacher that he does things he would not necessarily dare to do. Back roll from the rib down into the unmarked blue. Remove his mask in open water, go up without mouthpiece, break basic safety rules …
12. Just me myself and I, look at me
Gradually as the certifications and experience accumulate, he doesn’t need anyone anymore. if he is a supervisor and / or a instructor, the same goes for his permanent training. His knowledge is total and no need for updating.
13. The Contemplative
He is rather discreet on the surface and completely in his inner world under water. Sometimes he takes a camera with him while diving. So, the world does not exist any more when he is underwater.
14. The Purist
Whatever the form of the dive, it must happen according to codes and rituals where nothing must rob his purity : purity of the spirit, purity of the body, purity of place, purity of organization, purity of the buddy.
15. The Epicurean
For him the important thing is to have a good time with a good team. On a good spot with a good drink at the end. The wording “ The pleasure is under the water “ seems particularly suitable for him.
16. The one used to
He has his equipment permanently at the dive club, and He carries with him his diving habits. Same team, same area of evolution, same spots, etc.
17. The Bruised
Something happened someday, most often an event not pleasant or more serious. And since things are no longer the same. Trust and carelessness have given way to worry. But the desire to dive remains the strongest. Then he dives even if he is afraid, when it’s possible … he has become fragile.
18. The “Don’t worry”
Whatever situation, nothing is serious, there is never a problem, so it can not happen to him. At least, normally.
19. The Jaggy
He dives very few (1 or 2 dives a year) that he loses the knowledge from his previous training. So he is an eternal beginner and every dive is for him a beginning.
It’s your profile, it belongs to you and describes who you are. But tell me , what is it?
May future instructors adapt to the particularities of each of their students. This, in order to continue to transmit this immense love that we carry for the underwater world.
A big THANK YOU to Jean-François Rebeyrotte for sharing with us all the fruit of his thinking.
Are any of you technicians, Epicureans, or warriors, or purist …?
What’s your profile ?
I’m really curious to know you better. So do not hesitate to share on this topic directly through a comment below.
And most importantly, do not forget to be happy !