BUDDY DIVING BEST PRACTICE
Buddy Diving can save you during catastrophic gear failure, out-of-air emergencies, entanglement, disorientation including but not restricted to cave and wreck diving, and underwater medical emergencies.
As a rule, the buddy system applies to pairs of divers. Even when diving in groups, members of the group should always pair up.
- Both divers should be fit to dive the conditions
- A dive plan should be formulated and agreed on including provisions for separation
- All gear and equipment should be checked before entering the water
- Both divers should be familiar with the operation of each other equipment
- Both divers should be aware of their responsibility to assist the other diver in an emergency
- Divers need to maintain a degree of contact throughout the dive
- Divers should ascend together whenever possible
- Always tell a third party about your dive trip - preferably someone shore-based
FIND A DIVE BUDDY
New Zealand Underwater would be delighted to help you find a dive buddy. The best place to start would be to make contact with one of our member clubs.