Dive buddy selection is an important issue. We let our divers match themselves up as much as possible, but sometimes our diving staff must help. They will sit down with all divers who are not paired and discuss their expectations and level of experience. They will then try to pair the divers based on interest, experience, and preferred dive duration.
We do all dives using the buddy system. The dive master and guides will not necessarily be in the water to accompany and lead the divers but will often stay on the surface for the divers’ safety. The divers must be experienced enough to read their compasses, depth gauges, and look after each other in order to have a safe dive.
If there is an uneven number of divers at some dives and if no three-person group is feasible, the guides will come along.