Five Tips from This Incident
1. Review communications.
Buddies who dive together frequently understand each other’s signals, but it’s good practice to review signals at least before the first dive in a series, and always when diving with someone for the first time.
2. Don’t be subtle.
Communicate as clearly as possible — if needed and if the situation allows, use a slate or wet-book.
3. Know when to skip the safety stop.
Don’t skip safety stops routinely, but stay within your computer’s no-stop limits so you can omit it when appropriate.
4. Know your gear.
Some gear problems can be resolved if you know your stuff. To learn more detail about how your gear works, ask your PADI Instructor about the Equipment Specialist course.
5. Stay close if the dive ends early.
Wanting to head up suddenly may indicate a problem. More often it doesn’t (your buddy’s tired or starting to get chilled), but it doesn’t hurt to be at hand just in case.