A case where solo diving is safer: 2 on a boat

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Posted by Chris on February 08, 2001 at 10:37:09:

I sometimes dive with fellow bbs editor Curt on his zodiac, just the two of us.
I contend this is a case it where it is far safer for us to dive alone that together.
When we get to a dive spot, we anchor. Then one of us dives, while the other waits on the zodiac. The reason for this is that if a strong current comes up suddenly, which they sometimes do, it might not be possible for us to make it back to the boat. If one person is on the boat, they can always tie the anchor to a float and quickly come after the other diver caught in the current. If we both were caught in the current, there is a good chance we both would be swept away and never found.
We have discussed this a length as part of our dive planning and contingency planing before we ever go out. Thus for safety reasons, we make it a rule that there needs to be at least one person on the boat at all times.

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