Independent Diving
(Solo Diver)

For bookings and more info, call the store:

To reserve a place in an upcoming class, you may select your next available date and proceed with your course fee payment. Please note that the schedule will depend on pool and instructor availability. Our training team will follow up with you to schedule your course dates. They can be reached at

This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably dive without dependence on a designated dive team. You will learn about self-reliance, proper equipment maintenance, and the special considerations and rescue techniques required to dive independently.

At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was intentional or not. Solo Diving is the practice of self-reliant scuba diving with or 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. We understand the risks associated with solo diving but also understand that diving in the turbid waters of New England also carries the risk of getting separated from your team. This becomes even more real when diving in silty conditions or in environments that are not conducive to team diving such as local scalloping charters. 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 even when they choose to dive in a team.

Becoming an increasingly popular program in our area, the Solo Diver course stresses proper dive planning, personal limitations, and 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 hunters and collectors along with underwater photography and video divers as well as those diving with their children or buddies that may not be very experienced in scuba diving.

Before Class

Before attending your class you will need to complete some paperwork. The links to the documents are under the “Class Forms” section of this page. These forms must be completed prior to your session and contain important information.

Pay close attention to the medical form as you may also require a physician’s approval before we can let you into the water.

This class also has a helpful online training component hosted by SSI. Please complete your online training prior to your classroom session. If you have not already registered with SSI, look for an email from You can access online training materials, certification cards, and more at or the MySSI app on your iPhone or Android.

If you have any questions give us a call at the store on 617-277-2216 or shoot us an email

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Diving medical signed by an MD
  • Minimum of 75 logged dives (totaling 50 hours or more)
  • Certified Deep Diving or proof of relevant experience
  • Certified Navigation Diving or proof of relevant experience
  • Certified Limited Visibility / Night Diving or proof of relevant experience
  • Certified Stress & Rescue Diving


Independent Single Cylinder Total Diving System:

  • Buoyancy compensator including power inflator
  • Delivery system with a primary (6 to 7-foot hose is recommended) and an (optional) alternate air source
  • Primary cylinder (high capacity is recommended if using a single cylinder)
  • Submersible pressure gauge (all cylinders must have an attached SPG)
  • Two (2) Integrated depth gauge and timing devices or dive computers (dive computers recommended)
  • Redundant "bailout" bottle of the appropriate size with a delivery system and SPG to support rock bottom air sharing ascent (40cf  rear "pony" mount recommended)


  • Two (2) Masks
  • Snorkel (optional but recommended)
  • Fins
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the environment plus appropriate ballast
  • Two (2) cutting devices
  • A compass (can be computer-integrated)
  • Two (2) signaling device for deploying from depth (red surface marker buoy is recommended, but follow local guidelines)
  • Two (2) reels or spools (appropriate for the maximum planned depth)
  • One surface signaling device (whistle or similar)
  • Logbook
  • Complete save a dive/tool kit (recommended)

This specialty can be performed in any of the following XR configurations as well if previous training has been completed or the course is taught in conjunction.

  • Sidemount Total Diving System
  • Twinset Total Diving System
  • Online training from an international training agency
  • One class session
  • One pool/confined water skill development session of 60 minutes or more
  • Independent Diving final exam with a passing score of at least 80%
  • Water fitness evaluation
  • One day of two open water training dives
  • Maximum of four (4) students per instructor
  • You will earn the SSI Independent Diving Specialty certification after completing this program.

Class Forms

Below you will find links to all of our REQUIRED class forms. These forms must be completed in their entirety before participating in any ECDivers program. Arrival to class with incomplete documents will result in a forfeiture of that class date. If you have any questions or need assistance on completing the class forms please email our training department at