Hans & Lotte Hass: She started off as his secretary and ended up a diving icon
Steffi Schwabe & Rob Palmer: Bahamian blue hole pioneers
Jill & Paul Heinerth: Wakulla II, CIS Lunar rebreather-toting pioneers
Ron & Valerie Taylor: Celebrity shark-spotting duo
Stuart & Michelle Cove: Celebrity shark-feeding duo
Marine Boy & Splasher the Dolphin: Oxy-gum-chewing Manga cartoon duo
Howard & Michelle Hall:Celebrity 3D film-making duo
TOP SIX THINGS TO DO WITH NON-DIVING PARTNERS
ONE Tell them to find a good position on shore and keep an eye out for flares - that RIB engine is looking distinctly dodgy.
TWO Buy them a book on knots; that shotline is going to need a good splicing at some point.
THREE Make them Food Marshal for the weekend. They are in an ideal position to get into the queue for the teas and sarnies as soon as the boat is in view. By the time you've come alongside, they might be near the front. Well, almost.
FOUR Get them a Pokémon Gameboy: it's cute, absorbing and all the rage. Just be warned - they are likely to get mugged by rampaging gangs of five-year-old children.
FIVE Involve them in the subtle art of brass restoration: you're too busy bringing up spidge to bother polishing it as well.
SIX Best of all, get them on a boat-handling course - a non-diving skipper means fewer fights about who gets to dive slack. And they can haul up that shot without risking a shoulder bend - perfect.
COULD YOU BE HALF OF A DIVING COUPLE?|
To dive in perfect harmony you need:
COMPETENCE: Both partners are good divers. They are capable of looking after themselves, can function independently of each other and should have no problem diving apart.
COMMON INTERESTS: Both share a common or complementary diving interest. For example, both are fascinated by marine life, or one half of the partnership likes to take photos and the other to model.
Teamwork: Good communication and understanding means that the partners find it easy to work together and complete underwater tasks, such as tying the shotline into the wreck or locating and retrieving lost objects.
You are entering Strop City if you have:
DEPENDENCY: One half of the couple is more skilled or experienced than the other and constantly "looks after" their partner - for example, not trusting them to put their own kit together. Necessary equipment such as torch, compass or delayed surface marker buoy are carried only by the more competent person, leaving the other partner completely stuffed should they get separated.
DRAG FACTOR: The partners have conflicting ideas about what they like to do on a dive, so that one half is constantly being dragged around by the other. A recipe for resentment.
DIVISION: The roles, expectations (and rows) in the relationship are carried through under water. The partners find it impossible to carry out tasks jointly. They'll disagree about how it should be done, or not have confidence in each other to carry it out properly. One partner might take charge while the other takes no part.