The buddy system is one of the first things we learn about as divers – and it’s something we practice on every dive. So what’s the best way to find a Dive Buddy to join you on your future adventures?
1. Ask your friends
It may sound really simple – and it is – but you might just be surprised to find that someone in your friendship group is a keen diver too. If not, perhaps they’re interested in learning and have just been waiting for the right time to get into it. You never know, your future Dive Buddy may have been right in front of you this whole time.
2. Join a Dive Club
Scuba Diving Clubs are a great place to meet not just one, but a whole bunch of potential Dive Buddies. Chances are there’s a local club right near you, full of other passionate divers.
Joining a Dive Club has a few perks, groups often organise regular dives as well as other social activities and they will often have great relationships with local PADI Dive Centres. Some Dive Clubs will even have a focus on particular PADI Specialities such as Wreck Diving or Cavern Diving so you’re sure to find a club you’ll really fit into.
3. Go on a dive trip with your local PADI Dive Centre
It’s highly likely that your local PADI Dive centre will offer dive trips that you can join. These trips range in length and number of dives, some will just be one day, others a weekend and others longer still. Going on one of these trips allows you to explore new dive sites and meet new like-minded people, one of whom might just become your new Dive Buddy.
4. Facebook Groups
Did you know that there are groups on Facebook to help you interact with other divers? Ask questions, share experiences, and post photos in the Dive Travel, Divers Around the World, or Learn to Dive group (if you’re taking the Open Water Course). You can also use these pages to help find a dive buddy when traveling or even at home! Remember to always use appropriate caution when meeting someone on the internet for the first time.