***genuine question***If this is less than 20m then gradual depth increases are carried out after qualification with a suitable buddy.
Hope this helps.Definition of an Ocean Diver
An Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives:
* With another Ocean Diver or with a Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during their training
* With a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand their experience beyond the conditions encountered during their training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
* To a depth which is initially limited to the maximum experienced during training, but which can subsequently be extended progressively, under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI), to a maximum of 20m
* Using breathing gas mixes of Air, Nitrox32 or Nitrox36
* Not requiring mandatory decompression stops
* Under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan where other divers, capable of providing assistance and rescue, are available at the surface
* Within BSAC safe diving recommendations
"Suitable buddy" is decided by whoever is marshalling the day. How they make that decision depends on the site and conditions. I am very unlikely to pair two Ocean Divers together (I think I've done so once or twice). But that in part reflects where my club dives.***genuine question***
What does the term 'suitable buddy' mean?
I ask because i have never got to grips with the BSAC quali system, and am not a BSAC club member.
For a qualified PADI OW, which I think may be broadly similar, they can dive with anyone with a similar or higher qualification.