Here are some advantages and disadvantages of scuba diving solo vs. diving with a buddy. Your comments are appreciated.
- You don’t have to watch out for someone else.
- You can go anywhere and do whatever you want underwater.
- Requires special training and redundant equipment, could be dangerous.
- Not as much fun talking to your self about the dive during your surface interval.
- Hard to take good pictures of yourself underwater.
- Individual rates at resorts or diving may be more expensive.
Diving with a buddy:
- Extra pair of eyes and hands to help out in a tough situation, diving with a buddy is usually safer.
- Backup of everything: air, regulator, etc.
- Sometimes comforting to know you’re with another human underwater.
- Fun to talk about dive and look at pictures during surface interval.
- Buddy rates at resorts and diving are usually cheaper.
- Need to stay close together, otherwise you might as well be diving solo.
- Both buddies need to decide what to do and where to go underwater, loose a bit of individual freedom, unless you both always agree and always like each others choices.
- If a problem occurs, one buddy may end up putting themselves in danger trying to help the other buddy.
Overall, I choose to dive with a buddy and give up some of the freedom you have when solo diving. I believe accident reports would prove that diving with a buddy would be the safer choice. I don’t condemn solo diving, but make sure you’re well trained, experienced and equipped. And always remember, regardless of whether you’re diving solo or with a dive buddy...remain vigilant at all times, make safe/educated decisions, don’t be stupid, and look after your gear.