Having someone at your side grants you a sense of safety and gives you confidence. Nevertheless, it may happen that you lose sight of each other during the dive. Getting separated from your buddy can be an unpleasant experience evoking anxiety and disorientation. So you should know how to prevent and deal with buddy separation if it does happen to you.
Even when you surface from your dive, it is not quite over yet. You still need to convey your status to the crew and get to the boat. What's more, you should be prepared and know how to act in case you get separated from the boat or need urgent help. So here are 6 simple but important tips for surface signaling.
Good communication between dive buddies is essential to a safe and enjoyable dive. Signaling can help you to communicate intentions, give direction, ask your dive buddy if they’re okay, how much air they have, or inform them about a problem. The most common method of underwater communication is through hand signals. However, such factors as darkness, silt, or plankton can affect the visibility underwater in a negative way and hamper your ability to communicate effectively. So what do you do, if there is a risk you may not be able to use hand signals? Let’s look at a few alternative methods of communication that you can use depending on dive conditions.