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Solo Diver Specialty CERTIFICATION


What Exactly Is Solo 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 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.

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 Am I Going To LEARN?


Being one of SDI’s most popular courses, the Solo Diver course will teach you 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. 


During your Solo Diver Course your instructor, you’ll go over the following topic and much more:

  • Why Solo Dive

  • Pro's and con's of buddy and solo diving

  • When not to solo dive

  • Planning and conducting a solo dive

  • Management of solo diving emergencies

  • Navigation

  • Monitoring decompression status equipment

  • Deployment of surface marker buoy

  • Proper safety stop procedures


Because of the intensity and level of training required for this class the course prerequisites are higher than most other courses. Please note that though the prerequisites as defined below are the minimum requirements.

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 21

  • SDI Advanced Diver or equivalent

  • Provide proof of 100 logged dives

Along with your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need one of the following to provide an additional independent regulator attached to an air source: pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation, H-Valve, independent doubles  or Spare-Air. Visual signaling device (SMB or DSMB), and a auditable signaling device (whistle).Depending upon the dive environment, additional equipment may be required to complete the course.

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Enroll in the course to receive the SDI Solo Diver online eLearning materials. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared for this exciting and rewarding class.


The SDI Advanced Diver Certification or equivalent is required for this course. For more information, contact The Dive Place on 407-517-4737, or drop us a email at


Specialty Courses such as the SDI Solo Diver are your stepping stones to a whole world of exciting opportunities that awaits you. Perhaps you want to further your training with a SDI Master Diver course or maybe you want to become a dive professional and go all the way to SDI Divemaster or even become an Instructor! Whatever your scuba and skin diving needs, let The Dive Place help you realize your dreams!

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