We dive and have a lot of fun. But we never neglect our safety.
Before every dive, remember BWRAF
Buoyancy: Checking each others buoyancy devices, dump valves, LPI etc. “A repetitive air in-air out cycle”
Weights: Checking weights: Weight belt on, right hand release, not caught under anything etc (or noting integrated systems)
Releases: Starting from front, verbally noting all releases and forms i.e. clip, push, velcro and ending with buddy turning back checking tank clamp.
Air: Making sure tank is ‘on’, buddy breathes 2nd stage, buddy breathes Octopus (or purges) and inspecting gage and noting how much air
Final OK: An overall look at buddy according to dive (i.e. night dive check for primary, secondary lights and chemical stick) plus checking for fins, mask & snorkel, any bags etcetera…
Make sure the equipment you use fits and is properly maintained. Inspect it before diving and keep a “save a dive” kit in your diving bag: you never know when it might become handy. See the recommended equipment listing.
In Badassn we insist that each buddy pair has a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (D-SMB), also known colloquially as a safety sausage, and know how to use it. This increases your chances of being seen on the surface by your Boat captain and other boats will avoid hitting you.
Plan Your Dive and Dive Your Plan
Know your limits and the certification level of your Buddy, and plan your dive accordingly. Go for a refresher course if you haven’t been diving in a while… it only take a few hours and you’ll enjoy your dive so much more by feeling comfy in your booties! During the dive, keep an eye on your depth, air and time to stay within your limits.