Posted by Divinotter on June 16, 2005 at 17:19:22:
I was talking with my dive buddy who's thinking about the phiosophy of diving and it made me want to post about dive buddy's and what to look for in one
- Choose one who will wash the dive gear when you get home-
- Make sure they know how to get everywhere in LA so you donít need a map to ports or beach dive spots
- Make sure they love you Ė so they really will check your gear
- Eagle eyes help Ė so they will find discarded lights and weights
- Try to find one of the opposite sex so you can sleep with them on dive boats
- Get someone as interested as you on the philosophy of diving so you can discuss it regularly
- Find one with similar philosophy so your dive plans donít conflict
- Make sure they donít need a new toy all the time Ė so you can actually use their camera when on trips and donít have to take two
- Get one who wonít argue with your choice or need in gear Ė if you need it Ė you can get it, but they will still discuss the pros and cons of it- including cameras
- Make sure your buddy packs light Ė so you donít have to.
- Get someone with the same enjoyment level Ė so you donít drive each other nuts deciding to make or skip a dive
- Same goes with travel- find someone who is happy to go anywhere in the long run
- Make sure they disdain drysuits and big tanks
- Make sure they are willing to undergo ongoing training with you Ė so your skill levels are compatible and your knowledge is within reason of each other Ė not necessarily Ė experience but how that experience manifests itself in the day to day diving
- Make sure they only charge you a dollar when you make bets with them
- Make sure they are bigger than you so they will sometimes carry the tanks.
- Choose someone with patience so they donít get angry with you when you turn off their air instead of on
- Find someone who has a bigger save a dive kit than you Ė you benefit, but donít have to haul it.
- Make sure they donít mind stopping at Mc Donaldís for an egg mcmuffin on the way to an early am dive- very important
- Try to get someone who can navigate Ė especially if you stink at it.
- Try to have the same swimming speed so you donít always have to struggle to keep up
Most important Ė Find one with a sense of humor so they donít get angry when you post this on diver.net
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