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SOLO DIVER Diving solo doesn't always mean diving on your own

The SDI Solo Diver Course with DV Diving

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 be very experienced in scuba diving.


What You Learn

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

  • Why Solo diving?
  • pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
  • Solo diving mentality
  • When not to solo dive
  • Equipment for solo diving
  • Planning and conducting a solo dive
  • Management of solo diving emergencies


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
  • Equipment configuration for solo diving
  • Use of emergency equipment including redundant air supplies


  • Be certified as an PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivilant
  • Have logged 100 dives
  • At least 21 years old

For all of your learning materials and equipment, contact DV DIVING.


The Cost

  • SDI Solo Diver - £200