Solo Diver Course

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Solo Diver Course at Alba

Within the diving community, solo diving can be a very polarising topic; it’s either fine, or under no circumstances should you ever do it. We are a little in between these two positions at Alba. When we think of normal recreational diving with a buddy, the reality is that if you might well be the most competent and experienced diver in a group, and end up taking on the role of “babysitter”. This is because many divers are often bad buddies who don’t look out for other divers, or they simply don’t have the awareness or skills to look out for or assist others during a dive. If you are physically fit, and plan on undertaking a shallow no decompression dive at a known dive site with few hazards such as currents or boat traffic, we think that is your decision to make, as long as you have the training to do so. We also recommend that you have boat or shore support available.

Solo diving is not just a case of going off on your own with conventional scuba gear, you need to be completely self-sufficient, and have a good understanding of the gas you will need, plus a redundant supply. You should also be conversant and competent with a variety of emergency procedures. Solo diving is most commonly undertaken by underwater photographers that need to spend time in one place to compose their shot, without feeling pressured to move on by the group. Yet, even if you never plan to go off for a dive by yourself, undertaking a solo diver course will make you a better buddy. For this reason alone, it is worth doing.

SDI Solo Diver

The SDI Solo Diver course goes through the equipment, skills, gas planning and management, and diving procedures associated with solo diving. It is very comprehensive, covering the following:

  • Why solo dive?
  • History of buddy diving
  • Pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving
  • The solo diving mentality
  • When not to solo dive
  • Equipment for solo diving
  • Planning and conducting a solo dive
  • Navigation
  • Management of solo diving emergencies

The course is normally conducted over two days, and consists of some theory, an equipment workshop, and two open water dives. The second open water dive is a solo dive, with the instructor agreeing to expect you back on the surface at a previously agreed time, near to your descent location. During your dive they will be acting as shore or boat support.

In order to enrol on the course, you need to:

  • Minimum age 21
  • Certified SDI Advanced Diver or equivalent
  • Provide proof of 100 logged dives

For more information on the SDI Solo Diver course, please click here. 

If you would like more information or have any questions about the Solo Diver Course at Villa Alba, please get in touch.