The perfect Dive Buddy: 10 tips

By Julius
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Finding the perfect Dive Buddy: 10 Tips

One of the rules of diving is to never dive alone. Therefore, you need someone to join you.

However, finding the perfect dive buddy is not so easy, after all.

Let’s find out together what a dive buddy is, how to be a good dive buddy, and how to find the one and only for you.

What is a dive buddy?

One of the rules of diving is to never dive alone. Therefore, we form a buddy team underwater with a buddy on all our dives. We can plan our dives together, help out in case of emergency, and have more fun together.

A good dive buddy makes every dive more fun. After all, we want to experience the underwater world together and make new memories.

Most importantly, we need a dive buddy if we ever experience an emergency above or underwater. From sharing the octopus to calling the emergency number of our dive insurance, good dive buddies are there for each other.

Scuba divers smile into camera
A good dive buddy makes every dive better.

Last but not least, most diving operators require people to dive in buddy teams, so you will need one anyway.

How to be a good dive buddy

Here are 10 things that make a good dive buddy stand out among the crowd:

  1. Fun to be around
  2. Loves to dive
  3. Communicates well
  4. Has good diving skills
  5. Takes great underwater photos
  6. Stays calm in case of emergency
  7. Takes care of their equipment
  8. Knows how to do a buddy check
  9. Doesn’t pressure anyone
  10. Can be trusted

1 Fun to be around

A good dive buddy should be fun to be around, optimistic, and make a dive better than without.

2 Loves to dive

A shared passion for diving is required to be a good dive buddy. After all, that’s why we do it!

3 Communicates well

Communication is key to forming a great buddy team! This applies to the planning before the dive, as well as underwater signals.

Regular pressure and okay checks should be a given.

4 Has good diving skills

Good diving skills make anyone more fun to dive with. As good dive buddies, we make sure that our buoyancy is flawless and that our diving skills are up to date.

You can also take diving courses together to practice your team skills!

5 Takes great underwater photos

This is a nice extra for those who want to move up from good to great dive buddy! 😁

After all, we can always use someone to take great shots of us with their underwater camera.

Scuba diving instructor surfing his fins underwater
We all need a dive buddy who know how to take great shots of us underwater.

6 Stays calm in case of emergency

Good emergency management skills are important above and underwater. Knowing how and when to share the octopus, what to do in case of decompression illness, or when to call the ambulance are just a few points to observe here.

7 Takes care of their equipment

Taking care of your scuba gear is crucial for safe diving.

A good dive buddy takes care of their dive equipment, has it serviced regularly, and knows when it’s time to buy something new.

8 Knows how to do a buddy check

A buddy check is more than just patting each other on the shoulder and saying “Let’s go!”. A good dive buddy is easy to spot because they don’t neglect this important part of the dive.

9 Doesn’t pressure anyone

Peer pressure is one of the main reasons why dives go wrong. Especially beginners tend to feel or get pressured by those more experienced and get talked into dives they should not do.

As a good dive buddy you never pressure anyone!

10 Can be trusted

Last but not least, trust is arguably the most important aspect of being and finding a good dive buddy. Only dive with those you trust or find someone else!

How to find a dive buddy

There are many different ways on how and where to find a dive buddy. Some important ones are:

  • Friends & family
  • Dive club
  • During a diving course
  • On vacation
  • Online

Check out our guide on how to find a dive buddy for more tips and tricks!


This concludes this short post on how to be a good dive buddy.

Have fun together and explore the underwater world, but stay safe doing so!

What makes a good dive buddy in your eyes?

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Hey! I'm Julius, professional scuba instructor, diver, outdoor lover, entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Social Diving. I write about scuba diving (including tech, cave, sidemount, and freediving), travel, and love what I do. If you have any questions, send me a message. :-)

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