After my first dive everything else became just another surface interval.

— Unknown

Ocean, n.
A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.

— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Wall diving [is] like a lorry trip past Harrod’s during rush hour, but with more fish.

British Diving Journal

Virgil “Bud” Brigman:
Linds, I want you to stay away from that guy. I mean it.
Alan “Hippy” Carnes:
The guy is gone. Did you see his hands?
Lindsay Brigman:
What? He got the shakes?
Virgil “Bud” Brigman:
Look, he’s operating on his own. He’s cut off from his chain of command. He’s showing signs of pressure-induced psychosis, and he’s got a nuclear weapon. So, as a personal favour to me, will you try to put your tongue in neutral for a while?
Alan “Hippy” Carnes:
I got to tell you, I give this whole thing a sphincter-factor of about 9.5.

— Ed Harris, Todd Graff, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; The Abyss

Do you think it’s a coincidence that insurance companies ask people if they do the sorts of stuff we do?

— Mike Mengason (after a discussion of cavern diving and ice climbing)

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I’d call me us.

— Ogden Nash

It is a scientific fact that the human body cannot survive for more than 72 hours without water, however, for some of us anything more than 20 minutes is pushing it.

— An old Scubapro advertisement

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