The “buddy system ” system is the safest way to dive, because only then can we help and be helped in case of difficulty, preventing serious complications.
The “DIVE COMPANION” IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE DIVER. GOLDEN RULE OF DIVING – NEVER DIVE ALONE
When we dive into large groups of divers, we must organize in pairs.
The peer diving system (“dive mate” principle) allows divers to work together at all stages of diving:
- Preparation before diving
- Entry into water
- Descent and attitude during diving
- Ascent and Arrival to the Surface
- Water Outlet
- Final Meeting
In this way, we can understand the importance of the diving companion and that their role begins on the surface, even before the start of the dive, in mutual help in the placement of the equipment and in the verification of the operational status of all the material.
On the descent and throughout the dive the companions must remain close to each other, regularly checking the pressure of the manometer, the dive time elapsed and the depth limits, communicating to each other in order to prevent any emergency situation.
DURING AN IMMERSION, IF FOR ANY REASON THE ELEMENTS OF THE PAIR MOVE AWAY AND LOSE ONE FROM THE OTHER, EACH ONE MUST RISE A LITTLE TURNING ON HIMSELF (360º) TRYING TO LOCATE THE COMPANION. IF AT THE END OF 1 MIN DO NOT ACHIEVE THIS, THEY MUST RISE TO THE SURFACE
The climb should be communicated to the companion and the dive leader if you are diving for example in an organized dive group (dive exit from a dive centre with a dive guide).
IN CASE ONLY ONE ELEMENT RETURNS TO THE SURFACE ALONE THIS MUST IMMEDIATELY GIVE THE “LOSS OF COMPANION” ALARM TO START THE EMERGENCY PLAN ESTABLISHED IN ADVANCE