4. How Do You Remember BWRAF Scuba?
BEGIN WITH REVIEW AND FRIEND
It is the most used mnemonic rule to remember BWRAF, but personally, I prefer Breathing Water Really Ain’t Fun
Each Scuba BWRAF letter refers to a part of the equipment your buddy checks
B – BCD/Buoyancy:
The check of the BCD involves checking that it inflates and deflates optimally. In addition, your buddy checks there are no leaks in the BCD, the oral inflation hose, or the one connected to the cylinder.
W – Weight:
It’s time to check your weight belts or weight pockets, whatever you’re using. Your buddy checker will verify that they are in place and are sufficient to counteract the positive buoyancy of the wetsuit and other equipment.
R – Releases:
This point checks that all dive gear parts are correctly connected, secured, accessible, and can be removed if necessary: from the weight belt to the air tank via the BCD shoulder and chest straps.
Your buddy’s check will also verify that no crushed or loose hose cannot perform its function or damage the environment during the dive.
A – Air:
Among other things, your partner will check if your cylinder has air and then if you can breathe. Your buddy will check the cylinder pressure controls are working and are accessible, that the assembly is OK, the valve is open, and you can breathe on the surface without a problem. Your dive buddy will also check that the emergency regulator is secured and in its place.
F – Final Check:
Zips closed, sleeve and neck seal fastened, mask, snorkel, fins, and of course, the dive computer verifications. Your buddy checker should verify that the dive computer is turned on and working in dive mode.