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 Local Dive Club
Your local scuba diving club is a great place to meet not just one, but a whole bunch of potential dive buddies. Dive clubs are full of people just like you – passionate about the ocean and looking to explore!
Joining a dive club has a few additional 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. Join 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 thinking about 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.
5. Find a Dive Buddy in Dive Forums
Scuba diving forums are an excellent way to meet people online, find buddies, and get involved in group trips. Forums are also a great source of information about destinations, diving tips, scuba gear, and much more! Take a look at The Dive Forum or another great option to try is ScubaBoard.
Volunteering is another great way to meet new people. If you are not sure where to start, try looking online for charities and NGO’s in your area. Get in touch and ask how to get involved. Not only could you find a dive buddy but you’ll be making a positive impact too.
Are you ready to take action to find a dive buddy? Get started by checking out local dive centres in your area today!