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How do you make dive buddies?

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Natural Selection

Natural Selection

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Hi all,

My local spearfishing forum shut down, and my dive buddy roster is growing stagnant and weak.

What are some ways you have expanded your dive buddy network?

Thanks!
 
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Having a boat helps. :)
 
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Yes I have a boat. Since 1968 I've never been without a boat. But at 83 diving is getting harder, and I'm wondering how much longer I should keep at it. All the kelp beds along the coast where I did most of my diving have been gone for two years and those 50 mile runs to the islands make for long days.
 

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Yes I have a boat. Since 1968 I've never been without a boat. But at 83 diving is getting harder, and I'm wondering how much longer I should keep at it. All the kelp beds along the coast where I did most of my diving have been gone for two years and those 50 mile runs to the islands make for long days.
Bill your a legend. And as for me, I'll just win the lottery, becoming a San Francisco boat owner and finally find some reliable dive buddies!
 
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My boat would make a great San Francisco boat. It has a heated cabin and a hot fresh water shower in the cockpit.
 
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I hesitate to suggest it as it is controversial to some but for Spearfishing I dive alone.

Initially by default, I didn't know any other spearos (it was less popular back then I think), but later through choice. But that may be something about me, I like (many but not all) other people but in moderation ;). I enjoy being alone too, to think or not.

Yes, a well-trained and/or "with it" buddy might save your life. But they also might spear you, spook your fish or stop you diving, for example by their absence. I usually dive with various combinations of family on-shore. Only one has ever speared with me. Another sometimes swims or kayaks nearby for short periods.

A year or two ago a tourist spearo (German I think) tried.to hook-up with me I think, mid-dive, after I had approached rocks near shore ( but far from beach). I was lining up on a large grey mullet and he spooked me and the fish at the critical moment :(. Fortunately it turned out to be a long, fishy day :)

So, I have mixed feelings about it ;)
"Your mileage may vary" as American friends sometimes say :D

Bill's boat sounds like a nicer option though ;)
 
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Thanks for the insight Mr. X.

For me, having a dive buddy is less about actively saving my life (let's face it, not likely.) Because even with buddies, I dont practice one-up one-down. But In the event I perish at sea, I want to be recovered in reasonable condition.

Having a friend fishing via kayak, while I dive, is a great idea. It opens my "dive buddy network" to my non-diver friends. I'll have to try that one!
 
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