Technical diving is growing in popularity thanks in part to the vast growth of the recreational dive industry. Along with the growing number of divers has come an increase in training centres offering tec courses (such as PADI TecRec), more instructors, and more equipment manufacturers coming into the market.
During open water training we learn about the importance of always diving with a buddy and never alone—most importantly for safety, but also to share the dive experience. Diving with a buddy ensures we have someone there to help us, and to offer help to, should the need arise. It can also enhance our experience by having someone to guide us through a new dive site, help point out interesting things underwater that we may have missed, or simply sharing stories about the dive while filling out our logbooks. So not only is it important to dive with a buddy for all the reasons above, it’s also important to have the right dive buddy! Here are a few things you will want to consider before choosing a dive buddy.