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- I just don't log dives
I would never tell another diver to NOT do a buddy check. However, I'd rate "mandatory buddy-check" under the same category as "never dive without a buddy." They're "training wheels," but not bad ones to have or keep.We all know since OW that Buddy check should be mandatory
Let me put it another way: Lets say you skipped any two steps in your initial gear-check and jumped in the water. What would kill you? Forgot fins, computer, air-off, BCD deflated, etc? For me the answer is (under nearly-all circumstances) nothing would kill me. The consequence of everything I can imagine would be fixing it in the water, or an annoying trip back up the dive-ladder to fix the problem.
"What if you had air-off, BCD deflated?" I'm always breathing from my reg as I jump in, but lets pretend that happens. I'd swim to the surface, back to the boat/shore/dock, and fix the issue. Being properly weighted means with a relatively full breath, your head should be above the water, without finning.
The exception might be something like a "hot drop" (I forget the term) where you try to descend immediately due to currents.
Regardless, solo-divers do check themselves, and there are plenty of solo-divers out there. In time you should have a highly consistent routine, and if not you shouldn't be solo-diving.
For me personally, I find the buddy-checks cause me to be distracted and make mistakes. That's just my personal psychology. Although, I am always happy to give a buddy-check to any diver that asks. I'm also very protective about "hands off." In some of the other threads, you'll find references to people whose valve was "helpfully-closed" by charter-staff or another diver who thought they were opening the valve.