Diving and divers come in all different forms; some dive to see wrecks, others the deep walls and still others just for the marine life. Most dive to enjoy and share the experience with their family or favorite dive buddy(s), but there are those times when dives are better done alone.
At one point or another, a diver has found himself alone during a dive, whether it may have been intentional or not. SDI’s Solo Diving is the practice of self reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy”.
Solo diving, once considered technical diving and discouraged by most certification agencies, is now seen by many experienced divers and some certification agencies as an acceptable practice for those divers suitably trained and experienced. Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.
The solo diver program teaches experienced recreational divers how to safely dive independently of a dive buddy or strengthen your buddy team skills. The course stresses on proper dive planning, personal limitations, accident prevention as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo. You will also learn the additional equipment that is required for solo diving including its proper usage and assembly. This is the perfect course for underwater photography and underwater video divers as well as those diving with their children or buddies that may not very experienced in scuba diving.
This course consists of 1-classroom session and 2-open water dives.
1. Minimum age of 21
2. Master Diver Certification (Advanced card plus Rescue Diver)
3. Provide proof of 100 logged dives
1. 200 meter surface swim, non-stop, in Open Water in full dive equipment
1. Redundant air supply (pony bottle, stage bottle, spare air ect).
2. Whistle & Dive Alert
3. SMB with finger spool or reel