CHAPTER 7 Scuba Air Diving Operations
Change A 7-35
If one member of a dive team aborts a dive, for whatever reason, the other
member also aborts and both must surface.
Know the proper method of buddy breathing.
Buddy Breathing Procedure. If a diver runs out of air or the scuba malfunctions,
air may be shared with the dive partner. The preferred method of buddy breathing
is the use of an octopus. As an alternative, the two divers may face each other and
alternately breathe from the same mouthpiece while ascending. Buddy breathing
may be used in an emergency and must be practiced so that each diver will be
thoroughly familiar with the procedure.
The distressed diver should remain calm and signal the partner by pointing to
The partner and the distressed diver should hold on to each other by grasping a
strap or the free arm. The divers must be careful not to drift away from each
other. The partner gives his octopus to the distressed diver. If an octopus is not
available, proceed to step 3.
The partner must make the first move by taking a breath and passing the
mouthpiece to the distressed diver. The distressed diver must not grab for the
Figure 7-10b. Scuba Hand Signals (continued).
NIGHT DIVING SIGNALS
(Buddy at Distance)
When buddy is near, use regular hand
signals in front of light.
Something is wrong.
I require assistance.
(Large, rapid up-and-down
motions with arm extended.)
I am Okay.
Are you Okay?
(Large, slow circles with