SCUBA DIVING is truly exciting. But through carelessness or accident, this activity can turn sinister. Disorientation, entanglement, and air starvation can threaten your safety. A good diving partner is your best protection.
You have two responsibilities to your buddy: to keep problems from occurring and to help your partner overcome that occurs. Planning your dive together and sticking to the plan helps keep problems to a minimum. Before you dive, you and your partner must clearly outline your course. Where will you go? What partner will you follow, and for what distance? Where will you intend to surface?
If you run into a trouble with your equipment, you can share your partner's air while you ascend to the surface. This technique is called "buddy breathing," involves passing the regulator back and forth with each diver taking two breaths. Practicing buddy breathing will build a trust in your partner and prepare you for any emergency.
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