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The BWRAF buddy check is something used as
Skipping the buddy check has become a default of cool divers. You know, the ones who refuse to buddy up, drift away on their own, daydream during the dive briefing, and brag about how much bottom time they had on their last dive trip in Roatán.
You know what’s actually not cool? Ending a dive early because your BCD is leaking. Losing your weight belt during a backroll entry. Or really, any other thing that could’ve been prevented with a simple check.
So what does BWRAF stand for anyways? Why do we need it?
BWRAF is an acronym that helps divers remember to check their gear. It’s used to help find the most common and preventable dive problems from happening. It stands for:
B: Buoyancy Control Device (BCD): Inflate and deflate your BCD using both oral inflation hose as well as the automatic inflation hose.
W: Weight belt: Check to see that your weight belt is secure, and situated as a right-hand release.
R: Restraints: Clip each of your BCD buckles and tighten them. Place your gauge under your hip belt for easy access and to prevent it from trailing behind you as you dive.
A: Air: Take a breath from your regulator (including octopus). Purge the regulator and smell the air to see if there’s an odd odor.
F: Final Check: Check all gear including your fins and mask to see that everything is in place. If you have a camera, this is also a good time to see that it’s ready for use.
How to remember BWRAF
There are many ways to remember the BWRAF acronym. Here are a few of our favorites that we’ve heard giggled around dive shops. Don’t worry, we’ve kept them SFW — though we’re sure you can get quite imaginative when it comes to some others!
Bruce Willis Ruins All Films (or for the fans… Rules All Films)
Because We Really Aren’t Fish! (or But We Really Are Fish!)