It is always good if someone is there us to our backup, which we always rely on. In our day to day life., it is somewhat easy to get a person for that kind of role, in the case of Diving (no offence, it will always end in diving) we need to be extra care to chose a Diving Buddy, because it is not so good to make mistakes while descending in to another realm of life, where we can merely control the situations, so can’t afford even a tiny piece of mistake.
So, how to chose a reliable, trusty & smart buddy?
Just like all, the term buddy system will first hear from the diving centre. Normally the assistants to the Diving instructor becomes the first official Diving Buddy. So just like that, mine was Mr. Abu, the fun part was it was his very first dive. Usually, Abu handled the shore operations, he is a master of dives, proven by his first dive, while I was curious about it. Next was Mr. Sabu, one of my refined best buddy. Sabu is a very talkative fella, while Abu is so silent, but both are so serious about in coral ecosystem conservation.
So we really do need a buddy? Even if we become a pro in diving?
Let me clarify that, a buddy is not just a companion to go with you in diving. We are humans and we could easily make mistakes, sometimes a tiny mistake may lead to something we can’t even imagine to handle. So before diving, the most important thing that has to be taken care of, those who have the license in diving. They will surely remember this while in the first classes, the pre-dive safety check, or buddy check is a vital part of diving. During a buddy check, you’ll complete a final inspection of both your equipment and your buddy’s to make sure you’re both ready to enter the water. Following are some of the issues we most commonly come across when it comes to buddy checks, and how to address them before getting into the water.
Duties assign to buddies:
Buoyancy Control Device (BCD):
Sometimes, the quick release valve on our right shoulder may chance to trap under a shoulder strap. If that happens, the BCD won’t inflate fully. You might also struggle to stay positively buoyant at the surface when you enter the water. So, your buddy will double-check that your quick releases and toggles are free from entanglement. Equally important, you’ll locate your buddys low-pressure inflator (LPI) hose and see how it works.
Modern BCD and weight systems come in all shapes and sizes. There are belts, integrated pockets, and trim weight. Be sure you both know how to release each others weights. Show your buddy where your weights are and how to release them, and find out the same for your buddys also.
A loose cylinder or tank band can be potentially hazardous. When you first arrive at the boat, and while your BCD is bone-dry, soak or moisten the band/release in some water. This relaxes and expands the webbing to its maximum size before you strap in a tank. During your buddy check, stand up and ask your buddy to give your cylinder a firm tug to make sure its sheltered.
Before you put on your scuba unit, reach to the rear of the tank and make sure the valve is fully open, rather than fully closed with a half-turn open. Take a few normal breaths from both the primary regulator and alternate air-source, while looking at your Pressure Gauge Monitor. Show them how and where its clipped onto your BCD. Be sure the needle stays steady, and don’t assume the boat crew has opened your tank.
Double check that you have everything you need before gearing up. Make sure your computer is working, and set for the right gas. Make sure your camera is ready, and that your mask is de-fogged, prepared and in place. Ensure that you’ve got all your accessories and that nothing is twisted or tangled.
So wish you and your buddy a safe and relaxed dive.
So OK BUDDY👌👌
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