What do you do if you don’t have a dive buddy?
You could try finding a local dive club and inquire about any group trips. My LDS also books trips and while some divers sign up through the shop have buddies, many do not. It’s a good way to meet local divers and potential future buddies.
Why is it important to have a dive buddy?
Benefits of buddy diving:
In absolute emergency situations such as running out of air, a panic situation or entanglement, a buddy is an immediate source of life-saving help, without which the consequences could be life-threatening. Navigational help – two brains are often better than one in navigational challenges!
Can you dive without an instructor?
Theoretically speaking, you should be able to do dives without a DM or instructor right out of open water with the proper instruction. I suggest some very simple dives for my students after certification and to go easy, the dives they want to do will always be there.
It is OK to share a computer with your dive buddy. You should perform a safety stop at 5 meter for 3 to 5 minutes on every dive.
How do you maintain buddy contact?
Always maintain buddy contact and communicate often
As a general rule, try to be no more than 2 seconds apart. In an emergency you may need each other and it helps the Divemaster control the group if you are together. Don’t forget to ask your buddy if they are “okay” regularly.
How far away should you stay from your buddy?
As a general rule, you should aim to stay an arm’s distance from one another. This ensures you’re close enough to respond in an emergency situation, but far away enough that you won’t be irritating one another.
How do you maintain control of a panicked diver at the surface?
If the victim is still struggling at the surface you need to maintain a defensive position. Swim away on your back keeping your eyes on the victim,if they get too close to you, place your foot gently on their chest and push them away. Do not kick at them aggressively, just rather try to maintain a distance.
Why you should never dive alone?
Divers who aren’t aware of a dive site’s tides and currents should never dive alone. Even if they are fully aware of the site’s potential for strong currents and unpredictable tides, they still should never dive alone. Dive sites in remote areas can have particularly tricky currents that can be tough to navigate.
Is diving an expensive hobby?
Yes, scuba diving is an expensive hobby. You can expect to spend roughly $300 to receive your diving certification, anywhere from $200 – $2,000 on scuba diving gear, and anywhere between $75 – $150 per dive. Renting your gear instead of buying can let you scuba dive on a budget.
Can 2 open water divers dive together?
After earning your Open Water Diver certification, you will be able to dive with a buddy in environments and depths equivalent to those experienced during your training. Your instructor may adjust the number of training sessions to accommodate your needs or the dive center’s training schedule.
Does a scuba certification expire?
No, your certification will not expire. As an PADI Open Water Diver, your certification is good for life. If you do not actively participate in scuba for an extended period of time, however, it’s a good idea to refresh your skills through the PADI ReActivate class.
How deep can you dive without certification?
The short, super long answer is… as an Open Water certified diver you are qualified to dive “independently” (with a buddy of course), without a certified professional guiding you, to 18m/60ft. This is why we recommend continuing your scuba education and going on more dives.