Be A Better Buddy Training

by SSI
Type: Training

At the Dive Centre, we think we are asking a simple question of "how was your dive?" and the reply worryingly goes into a tirade of expletives about the dive buddy. We then hear the flip side of the story - a similar tale. So who is at fault, or are there certain practices and etiquette that could be adopted by both parties to make diving fun, relaxing and enjoyable for everyone?

Anyone can have an off day but a good dive buddy is someone you enjoy diving with, can communicate effectively, knows procedures and importantly emergency procedures, you can trust them to take safety and skill development and skill maintenance seriously. Be that that buddy that isn't a burden and other people can rely on.

Be a Better Buddy Training:

This program gives you the skills and experience required to safely dive with other certified divers of all skill levels. Better Buddies will soon gain respect and gratitude from everyone in the dive community, new opportunities will open up to them and importantly everyone comes home safe and stress free. You will earn the exclusive to Divemaster Scuba SSI Be A Better Buddy recognition rating after completing this program.

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
  • 4 logged dives, 
  • Academic Sessions: Yes
  • Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
  • Open Water Dives: 2
  • Maximum Training Depth: 40 meters / 130 feet
  • Suggested Duration: 10 hours

The Be A Better Buddy Training is perfect for the diver progressing in their experience to dive with other qualified divers independently from a dive centre. This will equip you with the knowledge and skills to accept the role. 

There are academic sessions at our Dive Centre, learning to be a self reliant diver and how your actions positively and negatively impact those in the water with you. These include how to be an effective group leader, legal and safety applications, identifying and managing stress, the components of a controlled dive briefing, dive plan and executing that dive.

Open water is conducted at Stoney Cove or another location You will show that you can perform all the skills you mastered in the classroom and the pool in a real Open Water environment. 

As with all Divemaster Scuba Programs

  • Certification lasts for life
  • All Pool fees are included (if required) but entry to open water sites is not included
  • All Air fills are included
  • We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.