Ever lost sight of your diving buddy for too long?

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asked Aug 25, 2017 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
What happened. And more impotant. What Will You do different next time?

5 Answers

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answered Aug 25, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
yes, one time i lost sight of my buddy (my husband) and the vis was around 3 feet, very silty. but we had a lost buddy procedure, which involved doing a 360ยบ turn looking up, down, and level and if you could not see your buddy after those three turns, then we would surface, find each other that way, swim to each other and then go back down. We stuck to that lost buddy procedure and sure enough, we both popped up, found each other, and went back down with no issues. Much better than continuing without them etc. Make a plan, and dive the plan - that includes lost buddy procedures that should be agreed on before the dive.
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answered Aug 25, 2017 by dwnc (1,254 points)
Yes, one time during a quarry dive my buddy lost each other.  We were both taught by different dive instructors years apart but we'd been taught the same thing.  If you lose sight of your buddy surface and that is exactly what we did.
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answered Aug 25, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Yes,  it is very easy to get separated in lower vis conditions like we have here. Im used to it and am pretty good at finding my buddy pretty quickly.  A few times I never located so surface and regroup.
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answered Oct 4, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
I have not BUT my buddy lost site of me. I guess that is another way of saying what you are asking. Anyway, it could have been bad. I was only in ~30' but I was out of air and my tank valve was caught on a stupid line anchoring the habitat I'd exited. Fortunately I kept my cool, released myself and surfaced. Scary though.
commented Oct 19, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Nice save, you could have panic and we would be reading about it. Glad you were able to handle it with a good out come.
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answered Oct 19, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
My wife likes to take photos and she Really takes her time. I've had to swim back several times because dive masters leading a group don't pay attention to divers and swim off spreading the group. So what I now do is place myself about halfway so that I can see both. When she gets her shot we swim to catch up.
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