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Lost buddy prevention

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by alex_can_dive, Jun 14, 2021.

From the scale of 1-5, how stupid and/or dangerous would this be?

  1. 1 (very bad/dangerous)

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  5. 5 (not bad/dangerous at all)

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I’ve found the display of my Perdix works pretty well at this, too.
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  2. Cdncoldwater

    Cdncoldwater Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlantic Canada
    If leading (nav) I tell my buddy to stay one one side and beside or just behind me on that side at the same level so it's easy to check. If I'm not leading then I ask which side they want me on. Low vis areas we confirm light signals for okay, help and turn dive at a minimum. I shore dive almost exclusively where I live (good vis is 15 feet here) so if diving with an unknown diver or less experienced one and leading I put them on the side closest to the shore or a wall to avoid current shifting them to the open ocean.
  3. DogDiver

    DogDiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Branford, Florida
    As an instructor I’ll add my 2 cents worth. With students at Gilboa Quarry in poor visibility I would position myself just above and at their fin position. I would have buddy teams stay within arms reach of each other.
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  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    I was thinking "bungee buddy" where if they stretch the cord, it pulls them back so they smack into each other.
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  5. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Literally virtually diving ScubaBoard Supporter

    Maybe somebody can adapt a tandem skydiving harness for underwater use.
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  6. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    I don’t consider it particularly dangerous, inconvenient yes. I used to carry a buddy line for occasions when vis dropped below 1m. I once clipped it onto a buddy who kept shooting off, so I got him to pull me round. Unclipped before surfacing, they never knew.
  7. SlugMug

    SlugMug Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Texas
    I'd be curious to see it as well. I'd imagine you want a curved mirror, since the field-of-view on a small flat mirror wouldn't be great.

    Just poking around on Amazon, something like this desk-mount mirror might do the trick, because it comes with an arm, although it's a little big at 3.5 inches and would introduce drag. A wrist-mounted (like a compass) one might also be a good option. A helmet-mounted one would be neat, if you're already wearing a dive-helmet.

    Something like this might even make good safety equipment, if done properly. "I think I'm hearing bubbles" ... and then you could do a quick visual-check. Same for checking entanglements. I often have a hard time seeing my chest and equipment clipped to it, and it might be useful for that as well.

    This $5 mirror would probably work for a very inexpensive wrist-mounted option.

    Another one, designed for bicycle handle bars.

    Wrist mount style is apparently available. The reviews aren't the greatest but might work well for scuba & good for those who don't want to DIY a solution.


    I ordered the $5 mirrors. Worst case, I'll probably stick the extra one on one of my cars or computer-monitor. I'll probably mount it to my wrist with a couple short lengths of bungee-cord & see how I do or don't like that.

    I am tempted to experiment with the one with the desk-mount one, once I get my dive-helmet setup.
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  8. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
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  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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  10. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago

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