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.