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Instabuddy diving with a mirror

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by maudiver216, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. maudiver216

    maudiver216 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    Hello all,

    Just a question about gear. I went drift diving with a friend of mine off of Pompano Beach, FL on Sunday and we were paired up with a cave diver who had a mirror attached to his wrist. I was wondering what this was for, as I completely forgot about it as soon as we got back on the boat and didn't ask him. Any insight would be appreciated.
  2. seeker242

    seeker242 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
  3. maudiver216

    maudiver216 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    I should have specified that it was a convex mirror. I'm not sure how easy it would be to use as a signalling device with this sort of shape.
  4. American Digger In Europe

    American Digger In Europe Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Germany
    I'm an SSI Open Water Instructor and use the same mirror on my wrist, so that I can quickly check on other divers while I'm leading dives without being forced to physically turn around. It works great and can double as an emergency signal mirror. I hope this answers your question!
    Hoag, chillyinCanada, FinnMom and 5 others like this.
  5. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: France
    Or to look behind in restrictions
  6. Frogkicker

    Frogkicker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Georgia
    I carry a signal mirror. I can see use for a convex though. Could someone provide a photo or link of the convex they use.
  7. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    Been handing these to DMs and OWSIs for years.

    I make them out of plastic “baby watching car mirrors” and a bit of Velcro.

    I attach mine to my backup (daytime use) flashlight, wrapping it on with Velcro.

    Serious photogs have mounted them on their photo rigs so they know if there’s “a line” behind them.

    The primary use is for checking on the following herd.

    That, and annoying Damselfish.
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  8. SammyW

    SammyW Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Derbyshire, UK
    360 observe mirror

    ^^^That'll save me re typing the same words.

    I always dive with a mirror. No downsides to equipping it on every dive.
  9. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    Who Does not log dives
    Who is not certified
    Who was PADI before numbers

    Doc perhaps you can possibly recall, since you were PADI before numbers, the first diving accessory company founded by the late Bob Mitchel in San Diego, California called
    ~~~~ Aqua Craft ? ~~~~

    In the very early 1970s - Now almost 50 years ago actually 49 years ago to be exact- Aqua craft introduced the "Buddy Mirror" as part number A-192.

    It had a strong resemblance to Amazon.com: Caravoo Baby Watching Wrist Mirror (baby blue).

    Like the Caravoo, the Aqua Craft model also was wrist mounted and featured an unbreakable and non-tarnishing mirror surface.

    As you possibly recall the Aqua Craft model was not well received by the divers of that era and soon disappeared from the market place. In all my many years of diving locally, nationally and internationally
    I have never seen a diver with a rear view mirror - but I was informed many times never say never

    What is old is now new- what is old and now unavailable is now new and improvised

    I commend you on your improvising of a diving rear view mirror

    LA Co UW instructor #11 (waaaaay before PADI)
    NAUI Instructor #A27 (waay before PADI)
    PADI Instructor 241 (personally presented by John Cronin)

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  10. hroark2112

    hroark2112 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    How else can you check your hair on a dive??

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