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WikiProject WikiProject Scuba Diving
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The diver down flag
Shortcuts WP:SCUBA, WP:Scuba
Category Underwater diving
Portal Helmet logo for Underwater Diving portal.png Underwater diving portal
Wikimedia Commons Commons:Category:Underwater diving Underwater diving
Userboxes {{User WPSCUBA 1}}
{{User WPSCUBA 2}}
{{User WPSCUBA 3}}
Has goals? Yes

Welcome to WikiProject Scuba diving. Some Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of underwater diving and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.

WikiProject Scuba diving does not have many active members, and this page is not updated very often, but there are a few members plugging away at improving and creating articles, so if you are interested, go ahead and do it. Join he project if you like. If you want assistance, or have some useful comments or requests, leave a message on the project talk page.

If you came here looking for an overview of the Wikipedia coverage of underwater diving topics, including scuba, surface supplied and freediving, try Portal:Underwater diving

For travel guides to recreational dive sites of the world, try the Wikivoyage artcle on scuba diving


Improve Wikipedia's coverage on Underwater diving articles, including Scuba diving, surface-supplied diving, freediving, snorkelling and related topics:

  • Get all project articles with Top or High importance rating up to Good Article class.
  • Cover the entire scope of the project with useful articles.
  • Provide navigational aids so that readers can find the article they need.



Collaborate with other projects wherever there is an overlap of interest. Some of our articles are within the scope of Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine, and where this is the case the manual of style for medical articles may be relevant. Articles about living people must comply with the requirements of Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Biographies Other projects with significant overlap include:

Terminology and spelling[edit]

Capitalise scuba in sentence case as a common noun or adjective depending on usage (see the Manual of Style mention). When part of a proper name it may be capitalised to suit accepted usage. SSDE is capitalised as an initialism, as are SCBA, BCD, BC, CCR, SCR. When in doubt, use the full name in sentence case, many abbreviations are context sensitive, and we are not short of paper. Snuba also takes sentence case unless part of a proper name.

Preferred spelling: freediving, breath-hold, sidemount (for the harness configuration).

Not cast in stone: (if you have a strong opinion supported by evidence, please explain or link)

a free-flow (helmet type) or a regulator free-flow (malfunction), but a free flow of air in general use
full-face (mask type)
lightweight (helmet type)
surface-supplied diving or surface supplied diving, both seem to be used


We do not need an article on every term associated with underwater diving, even if it is notable. In some cases it is better to add a section to an existing article, or a term to the Glossary of underwater diving terminology. If you think that a topic has the potential to require a full article, then by all means create it. if it does not work out it can be merged later and redirected.

  • {{Diving term}} will create a link to a term listed in the glossary of underwater diving terminology, but will not create a redlink if the term is not in the glossary.
    Use the term to be linked as the parameter - {{diving term|term to be linked}}


Wikiproject Scuba diving accepts infoboxes if they provide useful information and generally improve the usefulness of the article to the user. If the article is only tagged by Wikiproject Scuba diving on the talk page, there will probably not be any objection to adding a useful infobox. If there are other project banners, there may or may not be general acceptance of an infobox. If you add one and it is deleted, discuss before replacing.

We have one standard project infobox for equipment:


Wikiproject scuba has several navboxes. Use them appropriately, and discuss any proposed change which may affect a lot of articles. An article may be linked via any appropriate combination of these navboxes, and possibly navboxes from other projects. Keep project navboxes together as a general rule

Inclusion of articles[edit]

Wikiproject scuba banners may be added to any talk page if the subject fits our scope. If in doubt, discuss. If you add a banner, make an estimate for class and importance. If you get it right, great. If not someone will fix it. If you change a class or importance rating that you did not originally set yourself, please leave an edit summary or talk page message explaining your motivation.


If there is no consensus objection from previous editors of an article, we suggest that:

  • The reference section should be titled "References",
  • References that are cited multiple times by short form templates should be listed in a section titled "Sources", just below "References". Short form references that link to the source reference are preferred.
  • general footnotes should be in a section directly above "References" titled "Notes"
  • the reference definitions are listed in the reference section in columns about 30em wide. This is automatic by default
  • the reference definitions be alphabetically ordered by reference name
  • reference names be chosen that are meaningful and easy to remember. <ref name="Author date" />, <ref name="Editor date" /> and <ref name="Publisher date" /> are suggested as good practice.
  • the CS1 templates be used for references
  • More information in a reference does no harm, even when not strictly necessary. Bare url's should be avoided as they may become broken, and lost forever, leaving their text unreferenced. A bare url reference is better than nothing, if you are new and don't know how to create a proper reference, but try to do the job properly.
  • One good reference is worth more than any number of poor references, but poor references may be better than nothing.
  • Defer to other Wikiproject styles when the article is rated as higher importance for that project than for WPSCUBA.
  • Page numbers are good if available, chapters and sections also good. How they are best provided is not yet settled, but if they are known the format can be changed any time. If all else fails, leave as a comment after the reference name tag.

Open tasks[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Scuba diving:

There are no active tasks for this page





    Longer term goals:

    • Get project lead articleUnderwater diving to FA and keep it there.
    • Get all Top importance articles to at least GA
    • Get all High importance articles to at least B-class
    • Get all Mid importance articles to at least C-class.
    • Get all the others to at least start class. Where this is impossible or inappropriate, look into merging them into other articles.
    • Rationalise coverage of the subject by splitting. merging and creating articles as seems appropriate at the time, and creating redirects wherever they will be useful.
    • Maintain and develop the navboxes to facilitate finding useful articles within the project.
    • Build up the Portal:Underwater diving so that anyone can find any reasonably important information on the subject.


    Sign up now!

    Please feel free to add yourself to the end of the list here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

    Entry format:

    # {{User|YourNameHere}} (I am interested in working on...) ~~~~~

    (Please note that it is "User|" not "User:" and to produce just the datestamp, use five tildes at the end, not four.)
    1. Anthony Appleyard (talk · contribs) 16:28, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
    2. Finavon (talk · contribs): 19 October 2007.
    3. RexxS (talk · contribs) 18:54, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
    4. Legis (talk · contribs) 11:27, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
    5. -hh (talk · contribs) Context; perspective 12:48, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
    6. Arsenikk (talk · contribs) 22:24, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
    7. Alfie66 (talk · contribs) (Decompression theory, cave diving; personal qual.: OWSI, NACD Full Cave) 00:42, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
    8. Pbsouthwood (talk · contribs) (Scientific diving, equipment, safety, procedures, commercial diving)13:37, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
    9. ukexpat (talk · contribs) (PADI Master Scuba Diver, happy to work on pretty much anything) – 03:40, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
    10. DiverDave (talk · contribs) (PADI Divemaster and tech diver. Interested in cave diving, wreck diving, decompression diving, history of diving, diving medicine.) 05:04, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
    11. Sbharris (talk · contribs) 01:41, 30 September 2010 (UTC) Liquid breathing, general sport scuba.
    12. Sodacan (talk · contribs) (Enthusiast, available for graphics and such) 12:42, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
    13. Andreas.sta (talk · contribs) (PADI Specialty instructor and TDI tech diver. Happy to work on pretty much anything) 17:10, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
    14. cowdy001 (talk · contribs) (diver with certs from BSAC/CDAA/CMAS/FAUI/GUE/IANTD/NAUI/PADI/SSI) Can do anything but particularly like doing articles about organisations, events & history. 21:28, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
    15. andrewman327 (talk · contribs) I'm a licensed EMT and am about to start OWD class. I'd like to work on content related to medical and rescue aspects of diving. 23:47, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
    16. Yahia.Mokhtar (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on BSAC, Marie life, Decompression theory, and underwater medical subjects)
    17. Atsme (talk · contribs) NAUI Advanced Open Water & Specialty instructor/NITROX instructor emeritus, former SSI instructer, taught u/w photography and now I dive because I love u/w photography and for the simple pleasures of diving. Ping me if you need a copy editor or reviewer for GAs or FAs. Atsme📞📧 15:08, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
    18. GregoryPye (talk · contribs) (Rec and Tec diver, engineer. Far from the most knowledgeable, but happy to help, esp. where the volume of content has become unbalanced or poorly structured). 14:04, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

    Past participants[edit]

    Editors who were listed as participants but have not been active on Wikipedia for over a year. If you are one of these and start participating again, just remove the comment code <!-- --> from around your name in the participants list and you will be back.

    1. Devondiver (talk · contribs) (PADI/ANDI Technical/Sidemount/Advanced-Wreck Instructor,BSAC OW/SSI AOW Instructor)
    2. Gr0ff (talk · contribs) : 2 October 2007 (inactive)
    3. Yegor Chernyshev (talk · contribs) : 2 October 2007. (inactive)
    4. Michagal (talk · contribs): 15 October 2007. (inactive)
    5. Scubafish (talk · contribs): 18 October 2007. (inactive)
    6. Fordan (talk · contribs): 7 November 2007 (inactive)
    7. Pumpmeup (talk · contribs): 06:34, 14 November 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    8. Bu b0y2007 (talk · contribs) 00:37, 19 November 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    9. Smileyface 12 91 (talk · contribs) 03:59, 23 November 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    10. Serguei S. Dukachev (talk · contribs) 06:20, 23 November 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    11. Zolddd (talk · contribs) 04:21, 18 December 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    12. Skogstokerier (talk · contribs) 14:27, 21 December 2007 (UTC) (inactive)
    13. Darthgriz98 (talk · contribs) : 05:37, 13 February 2008 (UTC) (inactive)
    14. Daddy.twins (talk · contribs) 22:25, 15 February 2008 (UTC) (inactive)
    15. Gsteve08 (talk · contribs) 13:51, 3 July 2008 (UTC) (inactive)
    16. Nltheshadow (talk · contribs) 15:52, 12 August 2008 (UTC) (inactive)
    17. Ckenst (talk · contribs) (I am PADI Divemaster and would love to help out where possible.)00:03, 10 September 2009
    18. Nathanelrod (talk · contribs) Just helping anyway I can. Haven't been down in a while. 21:01, 17 October 2009 (UTC) (inactive)
    19. Devilgas (talk · contribs) 14:06, 7 January 2010 (UTC) (inactive)
    20. Diver62 (talk · contribs) (cave and wreck diving, open water diving, wish i could dive) 01:07, 14 July 2010 (UTC) (inactive)
    21. Stevehare798 (talk · contribs) (BSAC Assistant Instructor; PADI Rescue Diver; Drysuit Diver Northern Ireland) 15:24, 15 July 2011 (UTC) (inactive)
    22. A More Perfect Onion (talk · contribs) 18:18, 19 September 2008 (UTC) (inactive)
    23. Nhobgood (talk · contribs)13:14, 23 January 2009 (UTC) (inactive)
    24. Unionhawk (talk · contribs) (I am an Advanced Open Water Diver. Can help where asked.)01:21, 31 August 2009 (UTC) (inactive)
    25. Uttexas (talk · contribs) (Helping in any places that needs help16:43, 17 November 2009 (UTC) (inactive)
    26. Wiki4Thal (talk · contribs) (Bio: click: "about me" tab, I'll dabble a bit and add from personal experiences, later on I'll be glad to tackle some large assignment) Wiki4Thal (talk) 01:17, 25 December 2011 (UTC) (inactive)
    27. PoseidonDiver (talk · contribs) (NAUI Course Director; Technical Instructor Trainer; DAN Instructor Trainer. Major contributor to well know scuba magazine. I specialise in cave and wreck penetration training. Happy to assist with any SCUBA related Articles) 06:49, 22 October 2012 (UTC) (inactive)
    28. Data2 (talk · contribs) (diver with mathematical background) Interested in decompression theory, DIR diving, mechanics of OC and CC dive gear. (inactive)


    Recognised content[edit]

    Main page featured articles
    Featured articles
    Featured lists
    Good articles
    Did you know? articles
    In the News articles


    Version 1.0 Editorial Team Assessment[edit]

    The quality scale is implemented in the WikiProject SCUBA template. New articles need to have our template added to their talk page.

    Unassessed articles should be given an appropriate quality and importance classification by adding the |class= and |importance= parameters to the {{WPSCUBA}} template.

    Some assistance in determining the appropriate class is available at Wikipedia:WikiProject SCUBA/Assessment. Importance is best estimated by considering how important or useful the information potentially included would be to a diver.

    Featured articles candidates[edit]

    List anything applicable to the project that's already listed at Featured article candidates, Featured picture candidates, or Featured list candidates

    Good article candidates[edit]

    List anything applicable to the project that's already listed at Good article nominations

    Top importance articles that are not yet nominated for GA or FA[edit]
    High importance articles that are not yet nominated for GA or FA[edit]

    High importance article B-class reviews[edit]

    Articles undergoing review. Feel welcome to lend a hand. The goal is to get most or all of these to B-Class in 2018.

    1. Advanced Open Water Diver 1n2?3?4n5y6y Lot of work needed.• • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:58, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
    2. Buddy check 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs refs. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 06:54, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
    3. Buoyancy compensator (diving) 1?2?3y4y5y6y Needs refs and copyediting • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:39, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
    4. Cave diving 1n2n3y4n5y6y More referencing, include non-recreational aspects, neutral tone.• • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 04:46, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
    5. Commercial offshore diving 1n2y3y4y5y6y Bit more referencing needed • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:07, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
    6. Deep diving 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs references, particularly for deep air record claims, otherwise probably OK. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:57, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
    7. Dive computer 1n2y3y4y5y6y Bit more referencing needed, otherwise OK. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 09:19, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
    8. Divemaster 1?2y3y4y5n6y Needs a photo or two and a couple of refs • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 11:45, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
    9. Diver certification 1y2?3y4y5y6y Unsure about completeness. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:45, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
    10. Diver navigation 1n2n3y4y5y6y Needs references and expansion as noted on talk page • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 18:00, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
    11. Diver rescue 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs references, but nothing controversial. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 04:34, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
    12. Diving air compressor 1n2?3y4y5y6y More references needed. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:45, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
    13. Diving chamber 1n2y3y4y5y6y. Needs refs, otherwise fine. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:29, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
    14. Diving disorders 1n2n3y4y5n6y Needs references from main articles, lead needs expansion and a couple of images would be nice. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:11, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
    15. Diving helmet 1n2n3y4y5y6y . Needs refs, more detail. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 18:46, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
    16. Diving instructor 1y2n3y4y5y6y. Some empty sections to be improved. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 08:57, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
    17. Diving shot 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs more references, otherwise OK. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 14:54, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
    18. Emergency ascent 1?2?3y4y5y6y Needs more references, and if possible, more information on policies of training organisations. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:33, 10 December 2016 (UTC)
    19. Full face diving mask 1n2y3y4y5y6y Referencing needs a lot of work, Otherwise OK. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 17:46, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
    20. Professional diving 1n2n3y4y5y6y. More references and expanded lead. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:11, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
    21. Rebreather 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs refs. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:17, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
    22. Rebreather diving 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs refs • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:11, 7 January 2017 (UTC) Empty section - Bailout valve
    23. Recreational diver training 1n2n3y4y5y6y Expand and add references. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:20, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
    24. Scuba set 1n2y3y4y5y6y Still lacks adequate citation • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:15, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
    25. Sidemount diving 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs a few more references, otherwise good. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:04, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
    26. Snorkeling 1n2y3y4y5y6y Needs references. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:38, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
    27. Standard diving dress 1n2y3y4y5y6y Sort out references and challenged statements, otherwise good. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 06:52, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
    28. Surface supplied diving skills 1n2n3y4n5y6y New article, Moderate amount of work needed • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 11:13, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
    29. Swimfin 1n2y3y4n5y6n Some clarification needed. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 04:39, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
    30. Underwater habitat 1n2n3y4y5y6y Mostly needs citations, but also some empty sections. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 15:55, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
    31. Underwater search and recovery 1n2n3y4y5y6y Needs to be expanded considerably to include non-diver S&R., also needs refs.• • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 16:28, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
    32. Wetsuit 1n2y3y4y5y6y. Needs more refs. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 17:37, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

    Promoted during the last 3 calendar months:

    Mid-importance B-class reviews[edit]

    Selected C-class articles undergoing B-class review. Feel welcome to lend a hand, and to add any others you are willing to work on. The goal is to get these to B-Class in 2017.

    1. Doing It Right (scuba diving) Lots of work needed. Some empty sections and "Doing it wrongly" needs a lot of work, and preferably a better header.

    Promoted during the last 3 calendar months:

    New articles[edit]

    Please feel free to list your new WPSCUBA-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,000 characters, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.


    Merge proposals[edit]

    Recent merges done

    Move proposals[edit]

    Images needed[edit]

    • Tag the article talk pages with an appropriate media request template or leave a note. Try to be specific about what you think needs to be illustrated. You can also leave a note here.

    Collaboration and review[edit]

    Peer review

    Nominated for deletion[edit]

    Clean up[edit]

    Short descriptions[edit]

    All articles need a one-line (shorter when possible) description to help readers choose between search options (and other possible uses). The technical implementation has not been finalised, so preparatory work involves a commented out description in the line just above the lead text. Format in wikitext is {{short description|text describing article }} When the appropriate template or magic word has been finalised, these descriptions can be added. In some cases the title is adequately descriptive, in these cases use none

    • All project articles listed as Top, High and Mid importance have been completed, but anyone is free to check and improve them, or work on others.
    • Short descriptions may need to be CC0 license for use on Wikidata.


    Project-related Templates
    WikiProject Scuba diving (Rated NA-class)
    WikiProject icon This page is part of WikiProject Scuba diving, an effort to create, expand, organize, and improve Underwater diving-related articles to a feature-quality standard.
     NA  This page does not require a rating on the quality scale.


    Project-related Userboxes

    {{User WPSCUBA 1}}
    This user is a member of WikiProject SCUBA.
    {{User WPSCUBA 2}}
    This user is a member of WikiProject SCUBA.
    {{User WPSCUBA 3}}
    This user is a member of WikiProject SCUBA.

    Interest Userboxes Agency-related Userboxes
    Code Output
    {{User SCUBA}}
    Kask-nurka.jpg This user is interested in
    Underwater diving, and the
    History of underwater diving
    {{User Scuba Diving}}
    Diver Down flag.svg
    This user is interested in Scuba diving.
    {{User:UBX/Scuba Diver}}
    Diver Down flag.svg This user is a certified scuba diver.
    {{User:UBX/Scuba Diver 2}}
    ICS Alpha.svg This user is a certified scuba diver
    Raccoon butterflyfish.jpg This user enjoys snorkeling.
    {{User:Pbsouthwood/Professional diver}}
    Commercial Diver Logo.png This user is a registered Professional Diver.
    Code Output Code Output
    {{User NAUI_Diver}}
    NAUI This user is a certified NAUI diver.
    {{User IANTD_Diver}}
    IANTD This user is a certified IANTD diver.
    {{User SSI_Diver}}
    SSI This user is a certified SSI diver.
    {{User IDF_Diver}}
    IDF This user is a certified Israeli Diving Federation diver.
    {{User PADI_Diver}}
    PADI This user is a certified PADI diver.
    {{User TDI_Diver}}
    TDI This user is a certified Technical Diving International diver.
    {{User CMAS_Diver}}
    CMAS This user is a certified CMAS diver.
    {{User SDI_Diver}}
    SDI This user is a certified SDI diver.
    {{User GUE_Diver}}
    GUE This user is a certified GUE diver.
    {{User BSAC_Diver}}
    BSAC This user is a certified BSAC diver.



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