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.

november 2018

10nov(nov 10)9:00 am11(nov 11)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

14nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2018

01dec9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

02decalldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

08dec(dec 8)9:00 am09(dec 9)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

12dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2019

05jan9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

06janalldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

12jan(jan 12)9:00 am13(jan 13)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

february 2019

02feb9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

03feballdaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09feb(feb 9)9:00 am10(feb 10)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

13feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

march 2019

03maralldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09mar(mar 9)9:00 am10(mar 10)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

13mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2019

10apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

20aprallday27Grand Cayman Group Trip

may 2019

08may6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

june 2019

01junallday08Bonaire Group Trip

12jun6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

july 2019

10jul6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

august 2019

03augallday10Roatan Group Trip

14aug6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

24augallday31Cozumel Group Trip

september 2019

11sep6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

october 2019

05octallday12Costa Rica Group Trip

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox 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
Enroll Now
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

november 2018

10nov(nov 10)9:00 am11(nov 11)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

14nov6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

december 2018

01dec9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

02decalldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

08dec(dec 8)9:00 am09(dec 9)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

12dec6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

january 2019

05jan9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

06janalldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09jan6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

12jan(jan 12)9:00 am13(jan 13)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

february 2019

02feb9:00 am5:00 pmSDI / PADI PrePool / Scuba Review

03feballdaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09feb(feb 9)9:00 am10(feb 10)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

13feb6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

march 2019

03maralldaySDI/PADI Open Water Pool

09mar(mar 9)9:00 am10(mar 10)2:00 pmOpen Water Lake Dives

13mar6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

april 2019

10apr6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

20aprallday27Grand Cayman Group Trip

may 2019

08may6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

june 2019

01junallday08Bonaire Group Trip

12jun6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

july 2019

10jul6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

august 2019

03augallday10Roatan Group Trip

14aug6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

24augallday31Cozumel Group Trip

september 2019

11sep6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox Course

october 2019

05octallday12Costa Rica Group Trip

09oct6:00 pm9:00 pmEnriched Air / Nitrox 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

Other SDI Courses