BuddyCall: Meet the next great thing

September 12, 2007 by Scuba Herald 

Scientific divers of New Zealand are proud to introduce Buddycall®- a device that will revolutionize personal underwater signaling and emergency response. It brings a new dimension to diver safety and communication. It is not only smart. It is practical, and very, very important to consider for any diver serious about improving safety while diving.

Buddycall® is a battery operated diver to diver signaling device that allows divers to immediately attract the attention of fellow divers. It may be worn around the wrist like a watch or attached to other gear like a diver’s BCD. Buddycall enables divers to alert others easily and reliably.

It can be heard underwater for greater than 100 feet thereby providing divers with a large radius of safety. Often while diving, people want to get someone’s attention to point something out, check on how much air is left in their tank, or to keep in touch with a diving partner or group. The fact that it operates independently of a diver’s air supply is an important safety component. In emergency situations, we all know that time is critical. With Buddycall, divers are able to alert one another instantly and effectively so precious seconds are not wasted. A common life-threatening emergency involves divers running out of air, whether by gear failure or depletion, a situation where air powered signaling devices clearly won’t work. Other devices such as tank bangers and rattle sticks can be clumsy and inconvenient. In an emergency, a person can be too preoccupied or even confused to bang on their tank or shake a stick. With Buddycall, a diver simply pushes a button to get the life-saving attention they need. As is true with all audible devices, the wearing of a hood diminishes the effective range of the Buddycall.

It works by making a pleasant and attention grabbing sound. Activated by pressing a clearly visible button, a diver can use a short burst of sound to get a buddy’s attention or leave it in the ON position for hands-free use in an emergency. Use simple codes to pass your messages easily.

The Advantages of Buddycall® at a Glance

· Enhances diver communication and safety

· Gets fast attention in an emergency

· Battery powered

· Independent of air supply

· Audible up to 100 feet / 30 meters

· Tough as a clam, working depth to 110 feet / 33 meters

· Ergonomic and diver friendly, straps on wrist or clips on BC

· Long battery life, works for over 60 dives on a set of batteries

Buddycall® is designed for both diving and snorkeling. Dive instructors and dive masters will find Buddycall to be of significant benefit because of its ability to enhance student and instructor communication. It will increase student’s comfort level and confidence because they will have a reliable means to communicate with, and need be, alert their instructor in an emergency. Skin divers young and old will use Buddycall to help keep the group together and to summon the attention of fellow divers.

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