if something goes wrong on the bottom, a lot of newbie divers would have difficulty reaching the depths of more experienced divers & additional difficulties trying to provide aid at those depths
There were some great ideas and powerful memories in this the thread, but I had to comment on this quote. All though I know fuzz and agree with 99% of things he says, I just feel I need to voice a different opinion here, because of the importance.
The idea of the buddy’s depth ability has been popularized before, but I believe this reasoning is in error. The chances of a diver not making it up a substantial way is very slim compared to the chance a diver blacks out at or in the last 25 feet from the surface. Having a buddy who is only capable of diving 40 feet, is about a 100 times safer than no buddy at all!
Anything that promotes buddy diving in both tournaments and recreational diving is good. There are still plenty of opportunities to find solitude in freediving even with a buddy watching. In fact the knowledge that somebody is watching makes it easier for me to find that solitude.