Finding the mermaid or merman of your dreams can certainly be tough. Until there’s a Tinder for scuba divers, here are a few ocean pickup lines you can use to attract a mate. After all, there are lots of reasons to date a diver:

  • It enhances your dives — whether from a deeper trust or creating your own dive signals.
  • You’ll share a passion and get to relive favorite underwater memories.
  • No more travel tiffs… instead, enjoy your dream scuba vacations together.

We’ve put together cheesy pickup lines, cute pickup lines and, of course, marine life pickup lines. We’ve even thrown in some mermaid puns! We hope they bring you some success, but please note that PADI is not liable for any broken masks, black eyes, or other damage incurred by using these terrible, terrible scuba pickup lines.

A couple scuba diving on a reef, who could end up dating if one of them uses one of their favorite marine life pickup lines

Marine Life

  • Can I be the clownfish to your anemone?
  • If you lived underwater, you’d be an angelfish.
  • Are you an octopus? Because you octopi my thoughts.
  • Let’s goby somewhere alone.
  • Kiss me if I’m wrong, but megalodons still exist, right?
  • Somebody call Neptune, he’s missing an angelfish!
  • Are you an electric eel? Because you light up the ocean.
  • Wanna cuttle?

Two scuba divers sitting on a boat, who may be thinking about using their favorite cheesy pickup lines to impress their buddy

Pickup Lines about Body Parts

  • Are your legs tired? You’ve been swimming through my mind all night.
  • Your eyes are like the ocean and I’m lost at sea.
  • Yarrr, that’s the finest booty I’ve ever seen.

Two divers giving the OK sign underwater, a hand signal that you might like to see after using one of your best pickup lines

Safety First

  • You’d better stay away from the compressor room. You’re so hot you’re on fire!
  • Would you like to see my special buddy breathing technique?
  • I need emergency oxygen, because you just took my breath away.
  • Can you navigate on this dive? I keep getting lost in your eyes.
  • Excuse me, there’s no smoking on this dive boat. But I’m not smoking. Yes you are….

Four divers on a boat setting up dive gear and who may be laughing after one of them tried using some funny pickup lines

Equipment Inspection

  • My dive watch is broken, can I have a little of your time?
  • I have a dive knife, but what I really need is a spoon.
  • You can always count on the divemaster to make sure you’re turned on.
  • Care to do an equipment inspection?
  • Feel my wetsuit, it’s made of girlfriend/boyfriend material.
  • We’re not fins, but we’d make a great pair.
  • I’m no underwater photographer, but I can picture us together.

A lush heart-shaped island in the middle of deep blue ocean, which is the perfect spot for a romantic scuba diving vacation


  • I’m not narced, I’m just intoxicated by your presence.
  • I’m either bent or in love. When I see you, I feel tingly.
  • Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I swim by again?
  • What do Ariel and I have in common? We both want to be part of your world.

Two scuba divers talking and laughing on the surface as they share the same passion, one of the benefits of dating a diver

Gender-specific Pickup Lines

  • You know what they say about guys with big fins…
  • Is your dad named Triton? Because you look like a mermaid.
  • You must be Nemo, because I have searched the ocean for you.

The silhouette of two scuba divers underwater, who may also be dating after using one of many ocean themed pick up lines


  • Are you a member of the dive crew? You’ve turned my heart into knots.
  • Want to join the 10 meter/30 feet club?
  • There’s some-fin special about you.
  • I thought this was a dive shop, but I must be in a museum because you’re a work of art.
  • Do I know you? It’s just that you look like my next dive buddy.
  • We’re mermaid for each other!
  • I wish I could be your PADI card so we could always go diving together.

The pickup line that might actually work instead:

Do you need a dive buddy?

Three divers underwater making heart shapes with their hands, who might find love after sharing their best scuba diving jokes

Put your scuba pickup lines into action

When you are ready to put your best pickup lines and scuba diving jokes to the test, here are a few places you could start:

Or, if you’re already a diving addict but your partner or spouse isn’t crazy about the idea, here are four ways to get them onboard… or overboard, as the case may be. They’ll be rushing to book a romantic scuba getaway before you know it.

Related reading:

6 Ways to Persuade a Non-Diving Partner to Try Certification
5 Reasons to Dive with Your Significant Other
10 Tips for Traveling Solo on a Scuba Vacation
Reasons Why We Love Our Dive Buddy
Scuba Diving Terms – Do Say This, Don’t Say That

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