Five Tips from This In­ci­dent

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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.

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