Advice on diving in pairs 

Do you go diving in pairs? You are self-sufficient! No more instructors or guides to check your settings. You are in control of everything you do underwater. Here are some tips on diving in pairs! 

Advice on diving in pairs
Never forget the briefing with your diving mate before every dive!

The pre-dive briefing  

This is an important means of communicating before every dive. Whether you already know your diving mate or not, a briefing is always necessary. Remember that your diving mate may be the person who will help you out. Use the briefing to communicate, so that you can then enjoy your dive in complete peace of mind. Don’t hold back, express yourself! You have to prepare the dive on the boat, because communication is much more complex underwater. It is important to avoid any misunderstandings, so that you do not have any unpleasant surprises underwater. One of many divers’ favourite expressions is: “I say what I do, and I do what I say”. You should sketch the outline of your dive before you get into the water. The direction. The configuration (depth, duration, stops, etc.) etc.  

Get to know your diving mate 

When you know who you are diving with, you will know how to dive! A number of points need to be cleared up: When did they last dive? Are they fit and healthy? Do they have any particular problems? Which signs do they use? etc. These are just a few of the different questions to be asked before diving, but you can use them as examples. For example, if your diving mate experiences ear problems when descending, descend slowly, making regular stops to check that everything is OK. Likewise, tell them if you feel the cold quickly. Cold is often neglected, but it can be a cause of serious accidents. You should never feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about cutting a dive short, if you are in difficulty or discomfort. We could give you many more examples, but let’s just say that you must never underestimate the importance of certain information or impressions. Do not neglect anything, and remain humble in this environment that is not our own!

Always check the diving equipment 

This is a crucially important point, because it has a direct impact on your safety! Check your diving mate’s equipment before the dive and look closely at how their instruments are positioned. Make a general check of their equipment so that you are familiar with it, should a problem arise underwater. What type of vest do they use? What about the inflation system? Where are the purges? Do they have a parachute? How is the computer configured? etc. All these details are essential for effective communication and assistance.

Always remember to check your equipment before diving
There is one golden rule when diving in pairs: always communicate!

Once you are underwater...

Now the time has come to take the plunge! Take plenty of time to put on your equipment, check one another’s gear and follow the plan you have already agreed on. It is important to communicate regularly underwater to make sure that everything is OK and to always keep the proper distance between you. Finally, share and respect everything you see together. Enjoy the dive, but only within the limits that you set yourselves before taking to the water.~Once back on the surface, nothing beats a quick debrief with a hot drink. The perfect opportunity to talk about the dive and to start looking forward to the next one.

Baptiste, Subea digital manager

Baptiste

Digital manager - padi rescue and level 1 ffessm

I'm Subea's Digital Manager. I'm passionate about spear fishing and free diving, and have been scuba diving for over fifteen years. I dive alone down to 60 meters.