SDI Solo Diver

At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was 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.

Being one of SDI’s most popular courses, 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 underwater photography and underwater video divers as well as those diving with their children or buddies that may not very experienced in scuba diving.

Course Cost: $150.00

ELearning Course Code: $69

Lake Training Dives: $81

Getting Certified Is a Three Step Process

  • Step 1  is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Step 2  is to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water. Here you will learn the fundamental skills that every diver needs to know. (It’s also a lot of fun.)
  • Step 3  is complete four or more open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Solo Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why solo dive?
  • History of buddy diving
  • Pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving
  • How to use the SDI Solo Diving waiver and release
  • Who must solo dive?
  • 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
  • Review the SDI Solo Diver Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk Agreement Form

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include all of the following and more:

  • 200 metres/600 feet surface swim in full scuba equipment, configured for local diving conditions; must be non-stop and performed in an open water environment
  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Plan dive limits based on personal air consumption rate
  • Plan exact dive
  • Properly execute the planned dive within all predetermined limits
  • Equipment configuration appropriate for solo diving
  • Proper descent/ascent rates
  • Proper safety stop procedures
  • Monitoring of decompression status equipment; tables, computers, equipment, etc.
  • Navigation skills – demonstrate proficiency of navigation with compass
  • Demonstrate emergency change over to redundant air supply (not to exceed 30 metres/100 feet)
  • Deploy surface marker buoy (SMB)
  • Use of audible signaling device

The SDI Solo Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to complete the SDI Advanced Diver Development program or SDI Master Scuba Diver Development program.

october 2019

05octAll Day12Costa Rica Group Trip

06octAll DaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

12oct(oct 12)8:00 am13(oct 13)5:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

november 2019

09nov8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

13nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2019

11dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2020

08jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

february 2020

08feb8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

12feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

march 2020

11mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2020

08apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

may 2020

09may8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

30mayAll Day06junBonaire Group Trip 2020

june 2020

30mayAll Day06junBonaire Group Trip 2020

august 2020

08aug8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

Course Prerequisites:

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

What’s next after completing your Solo Diver course?

You can continue your diving education by checking out some of the other specialties or courses on our SDI Course Map.

SDI Solo Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Solo Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
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Costs

Course Cost: $150.00

ELearning Course Code: $69

Lake Training Dives: $81

How Does It Work

Getting Certified Is a Three Step Process

  • Step 1  is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Step 2  is to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water. Here you will learn the fundamental skills that every diver needs to know. (It’s also a lot of fun.)
  • Step 3  is complete four or more open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
What Does It Cover

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Solo Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why solo dive?
  • History of buddy diving
  • Pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving
  • How to use the SDI Solo Diving waiver and release
  • Who must solo dive?
  • 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
  • Review the SDI Solo Diver Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk Agreement Form

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include all of the following and more:

  • 200 metres/600 feet surface swim in full scuba equipment, configured for local diving conditions; must be non-stop and performed in an open water environment
  • Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
  • Plan dive limits based on personal air consumption rate
  • Plan exact dive
  • Properly execute the planned dive within all predetermined limits
  • Equipment configuration appropriate for solo diving
  • Proper descent/ascent rates
  • Proper safety stop procedures
  • Monitoring of decompression status equipment; tables, computers, equipment, etc.
  • Navigation skills – demonstrate proficiency of navigation with compass
  • Demonstrate emergency change over to redundant air supply (not to exceed 30 metres/100 feet)
  • Deploy surface marker buoy (SMB)
  • Use of audible signaling device

The SDI Solo Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to complete the SDI Advanced Diver Development program or SDI Master Scuba Diver Development program.

Calendar

october 2019

05octAll Day12Costa Rica Group Trip

06octAll DaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

12oct(oct 12)8:00 am13(oct 13)5:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

november 2019

09nov8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

13nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2019

11dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2020

08jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

february 2020

08feb8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

12feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

march 2020

11mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2020

08apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

may 2020

09may8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

30mayAll Day06junBonaire Group Trip 2020

june 2020

30mayAll Day06junBonaire Group Trip 2020

august 2020

08aug8:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedHigh Pressure Cylinder Inspection Course

Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites:

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

What’s next after completing your Solo Diver course?

You can continue your diving education by checking out some of the other specialties or courses on our SDI Course Map.

What Else

SDI Solo Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Solo Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

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