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Scuba Tech Tips: Diver Etiquette – Underwater – S07E16

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Continuing our tips on scuba etiquette, what are the typical manners to follow with a new dive buddy? Alec shares tips on how to be courteous around new divers and leave with a reputation others will want to copy.

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Thomas D Harrell says:

If you are waiting by the latter you could help the other divers get on the boat

ultimatevintagescuba says:

great video

Tim Gosling says:

Good stuff, made me smile quite a few times. On holiday I also like to be the one at the back of the group rather than in the fur ball and silt storm around the leader; it is so much quieter and easier to see situations developing before someone has an issue. Diving in UK I almost always use a light, generally to make myself more visible, although we use the lights to illuminate hand signals rather than doing the Blair Witch thing to make our faces look spooky. If I'm trailing my buddy I also have my light shining on the bottom in his field of view so he knows I'm still there and if the beam starts waving he'll know I have an issue. My biggest thing though is just making the effort to keep good situational awareness going, especially of the people around you. So if I'm going through a swim-through for instance I'll want to check when I'm through that the guy behind me is OK too before I continue on. Example of great buddying: two of us were diving a quarry doing a long gradual descent. I was on 32% Nitrox and buddy on regular air. At 32m he taps me on the shoulder and signals to remind me my max depth on my gas is 34m. Yes I was watching our depth and had an alarm set on my computer but it was just so good to know he was fully aware, indeed ahead of my situation and had my back.

John Thomas says:

Great advice

Barry Edgington says:

How about proper etiquette on a mooring line? After diving a wreck in the SLR, I was on my way back up the line to our charter boat when divers from another boat were descending led by this idiot with a WW1 German Spiked Helmet descending head first down the line causing me & the rest of our ascending divers to let go of the line (thus risking being swept away by the current) to give this idiot the ROW!! Is it not the ascending divers that have the ROW? Then there is the issue of over crowding at 15/20’ with a group of divers for the their safety stop, ie use of John Line etc.
Keep up the great video’s Alec.

Terje Moglestue says:

Thank you Alec, plenty of great tips for a fresh diver. In this video, you had a short sentence of solo diving. I am told I need a buddy, solo diving is a no go. I bread on my own, I swim on my own, more important I like to be on my own. So why not solo diving. Can you make a tech tip or two regarding sole diving? Keep up the good work. T

cheston Qoo says:

so damn right.

Reza Gorji says:

This is a vey nice video. The part about the Buddy orientation being consistently on your right or left is RIGHT ON. Very frustrating when you make this dive and you mention it to your buddy but they don't follow thru.

Happy New Year.

vespers_ says:

As a solo diver i've picked up a lot of bad habits admittedly. I am so used to just going wherever i want that i chafe having to monitor someone else. Recently done my firsr dive tour with a group and it was annoying as hell having people all over in the water and no freedom to deviate from the divemaster's plan.

I'm guilty of changing sides and going every which way but i want to see things… 🙁

Jim Schnurr says:

I just got back from diving a week in Cozumel. It was a fantastic dive experience. I did experience my first reg-air failure. It occurred about at about 85 ft. depth with 1900 pounds left. The regulator suddenly quit. I knew the second wasn't going to help. I looked at gauge and saw no pressure so moved to my dive buddy. It all worked as I had trained to get his second. My point is that I was close enough to make it work. I noticed many dive partners far apart and nowhere around. Like Alex says make a plan and stick close. Yes it can happen to you. I am approaching 200 dives with no problems. Don't get lulled into complacency.

Quarry Diver says:

Another great Vid… 2-3 of us are starting to dive regularly and this would be helpful. I think it all goes along with the concept of team diving and how it increases safety. In case of an OOA buddy knows exactly where to turn to get air and the other buddy will almost certainly see the OOA and start to react even before OOA diver turns…

LogicTech says:

I am so glad I came across your channel Alec. You provide quality content. Thank you

martin bachmann says:

RE: Night-diving & "lights shine in the eyes." Alec, gotta tell you this. The times me, my brother, cousin, + friends have been down to "diver-freedom" Curcao, at the end of day after nightfall, we all would go right off the dock/shore & play Hide & Seek. And yes, we'd BLAST our lights full beam in each other's faces! This was in water no deeper than 30-40 ft, and yes, mega-messes up your night-vision, but since it was just a game to kinda relax…. it was AWESOMELY fun! (But we WERE extra careful in keeping track of each other)

OverlandTT says:

Another great video Alec, is everything ok buddy?

Riley Zarm says:

We all have that one shirt, or pair of pants we love, including me. Alec's is that blue shirt.

diver dave says:

you forgot to add – Dive knifes were made to take care of rude SCUBA divers !

Naiils says:

Such sound advice.. Need to show my Dive buddy this as he thinks only new divers think this way regarding location of your buddy.

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