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Having learnt to dive in the days when men were men and women just made the sandwiches, I used to hear terms such as 'frogmen' and 'skin diver' a lot but these terms are not used much nowadays. Yesterday I chanced across a copy of 'The wreck detectives' by Kendall Mcdonald which was published in 1972 which I remember reading in my youth but never owned so I bought it. It's a great read but the skin diver references left me puzzled. I know why frogmen were so called but I've never known how skin diving got its name. any ideas?
 
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Could be totally wrong, but I thought that Frogmen were named after the frog kick, and that Skin divers were named after the kids who freedived in just there trunks, for stuff in warm waters,

but of course, I could be ( and probably am ) talking Ba******
 

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Having learnt to dive in the days when men were men and women just made the sandwiches, I used to hear terms such as 'frogmen' and 'skin diver' a lot but these terms are not used much nowadays. Yesterday I chanced across a copy of 'The wreck detectives' by Kendall Mcdonald which was published in 1972 which I remember reading in my youth but never owned so I bought it. It's a great read but the skin diver references left me puzzled. I know why frogmen were so called but I've never known how skin diving got its name. any ideas?
I'm guessing somewhat here Frosty... I think 'Frogman' came from the unique look of the early attack swimmers of WW II (Italian first and later British). The Italian name for 'diver' is I believe 'Rana' which also means 'frog'. Rana-frog, diver-frog-rana-man - get the picture?

Skin-diver? I believe this term has an American origin - possibly again from WW II when US UDT (underwater demolition team) divers dressed in no more than shorts, facemask and fins to do their work in the Pacific theatre of war. They (the Yanks) still hang-on to the crazy short idea even though - as we all know - that bare legs around any u/w obstruction aint much use - their call!

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For one of the original 'Frogmen' look-up Valerio Borghese - the Black Prince -he gave the British some greif during WW II. Such was Borghese's status he was even a hero of the first British u/w attack unit who posted photo's of their 'enemy' in their trainning wing.
 

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why post it then?
apart from slagging off my little offering I dont see you contributing anything positive
yeah sorry triplefin, i didn't mean anything by it. i was told the other day never to trust wikipidia that's all, cus anyone could update it with anything.

sorry.

personaly frogmen are frogmen cus the fins look very much like frogs feet and skin divers are skindivers cus in general it was probably concieved in the tropics where there is no need for a wetsuit.

i think your reasons are better than mine.

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Not sure of the origins of "skindivers", but it never stops me bringing out one of my favourite jokes.


Obiviously more of an aural joke than a written one

Q. How do you circumsize a whale?



A. Send down four skin-divers.


Never fails to amuse me though (being a bear of little brain). :embarassed:

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D'oh - so easily caught by the lure of Frosty's fresh bait....

Must learn to resist....
I wouldn't worry... non of us know when Frosty is genuinely looking for an answer or just baiting us into a thread of smut.

You wait... another 9 posts and Nigella will make an appearance, but not before I post a picture of someone who has been referred to as a skin diver, and does the odd bit of freediving, but certainly does not look like a frog......



Any second now..............
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You wait... another 9 posts and Nigella will make an appearance, but not before I post a picture of someone who has been referred to as a skin diver, and does the odd bit of freediving, but certainly does not look like a frog......



Any second now..............
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I bet you wish he had a tongue like a frog.:wink:


Happy now?:)
 
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