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huwporter

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Buddy #1 is the only buddy I dove caves since finishing my course. We have done about 25 cave dives with just two of us. There were no other active ones until buddy #2 came into the picture.
This is something worth noting.
In a team of three, cruising along normally in the order {A} (leading) - {B} - {C} (following), the main team responsibilities of {A} are basically 'make sure that "someone" is behind me (i.e. I can regularly see a relaxed passive light communication coming from behind)'
The responsibilities of {B} are then 'make sure that {C} is still behind me (i.e. I can regularly see a relaxed passive light communication from behind), while letting {A} know that I'm still here (i.e. regularly giving {A} a relaxed passive light signal).
If you are in position {A}, it can be difficult to distinguish between one or two lights behind you, but in any case {A}'s main responsibility is just confirming that there is still someone behind them. It is {B}'s main responsibility to make sure that {C} is still there (and if not, to let {A} know...)
So in your case, #1/{A} may have been being reassured that the team was still together because #2/{B} was telling him that, however #2/{B} was failing in his duty to make sure you as #3/{C} were also with them.
At a navigational decision or other 'event' - i.e. a bottle drop - I would think this would be a time for the entire team to briefly check in with each other - even something as simple as confirming a quick full set of light OK light signals around however you have agreed to mark a T - so at these points #1/{A} would take a larger part of responsibility for failing to confirm the entire team was together.
 

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It might be that the breakdown of communication is at buddy #2 - he should be keeping up with #1 and making sure #3 is not left behind, signaling to #1 to slow down if needed.
Interesting pieces of info. So yes, if buddy #2 come and some minor problems started, it is worth adjusting your practices in order to be on the same wavelength.

@huwporter, just a small note: @Hiszpan isn't calling his buddies #1 and #2 due to their order inside the cave; #1 and #2 are just names, as far as I understood. I believe that is clear to you, but it's always better to avoid confusion :)
 

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@huwporter, just a small note: @Hiszpan isn't calling his buddies #1 and #2 due to their order inside the cave; #1 and #2 are just names, as far as I understood. I believe that is clear to you, but it's always better to avoid confusion :)
Good point, I have changed to use {A} - {B} - {C} on general role descriptions to avoid confusion, however I think it is implied from the original description ("Diver number 2 to pedal ahead following diver number 1") that #1 was indeed in front on the specific dive described in the original post.
 
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