SELF RELIANT DIVER
Most diving is done with a buddy or a group. There are times when going solo may be appropriate if you have the training and equipment.
The self-reliant diver will learn about the skills, techniques and equipment necessary to make safe dives without a buddy, and become more independent and confident in their diving skills- also making them a better buddy. Solo diving is not for everyone and students will learn the additional risks associated with diving alone as well as the techniques to reduce those risks. Significant dive experience is required. The training is not easy. Students must learn to calculate their breathing rates at various depths, perform a no-mask swim, deploy surface marker buoys, learn to carry and use redundant air sources, and practice advanced navigation. It’s not for everyone, or every situation, but you will definitely become a better and more confident diver after this course.
This course is taught during three dives over two days.
- Students must be certified as advanced open water divers or higher.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must have at least 100 logged dives.
- You’ll also have to complete a full dive skills assessment (during a dive) with your instructor before being allowed to take the course.
- Surface marker buoy
- Redundant gas source (pony bottle, etc.)
- Redundant dive computer
- Underwater slate
- Redundant surface signaling device
- Students may be able to use gear provided on an as needed basis.
Courses are scheduled around your availability.
Courses may require an eLearning portion.