In air share demonstration do you grasp BCD or Roman handshake?

+2 votes
asked Jun 28, 2017 in Scuba Diving by George1224 (5,147 points)
SSI class taught Grasping BCD, Padi taught Roman handshake. Different instructors teach different ways

2 Answers

+2 votes
answered Jun 28, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
I can't recall what we did in class, I think the roman. However  I think it would depend on the situation and individual. I think the BCD grasp is more secure and controlling method as it is harder for the other to let go especially if in a panic situation. If the buddy is calm and you know them well an arm grab may be fine. I prefer the BCD grasp no matter what or who and I have that choice.
commented Jun 28, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I agree completely
commented Jun 29, 2017 by scubagirlie (613 points)
It is something my dive buddy and I have not practiced in a while. We need to do this soon.
+1 vote
answered Jun 29, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
I also did SSI, but we learned both methods - it depends on the instructor. In the end, it comes down to common sense too ;-) but at least by teaching at least one of these ways, there is a hopeful understanding that in a situation your buddy will also know what to do without trying to 'explain' it underwater during an emergency.
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