Ken, let me recap--the buddy system was not a factor...
Captain James Norwalk - Instructor/Boat Captain
May 26, 2003 21:49:26
The buddy system was NOT a factor in the deaths of 20 Wave Dancer passengers and crew.
The buddy system was NOT a factor in the Galapagos Aggressor incident in which the vessel left port without required emergency safety equipment (a mere life raft).
The buddy system was NOT a primary factor in the recent deaths of two Aggressor customers at Cocos Island and a Dancer customer in Palau. In fact, those deaths clearly demonstrate the limitations of the buddy system, which often breaks down in high-speed drift dives.
The primary cause of the Dancer death in Palau was the fact that Hughes (Diving Inc) put novice divers into ripping currents on the second day of their dive and expected them to safely deploy equipment (reef hooks tied to their BCs), with which they had no training or experience.
Citing the buddy system to point the finger of blame at novice divers while excusing bad dive op policies that unnecessarily endanger lives is typical of dive industry apologists/whores and does nothing to further dive safety.
The buddy system is NOT failsafe and it is NOT a substitute for adequate training and experience. Be sure you teach that to your students Ken.