Diving solo is not for everyone or for every situation. Divers who enjoy taking still photos or capturing the motion of underwater life on video will often prefer to be a solo diver, as it disturbs the environment less and allows them the time they need to capture the images. There are also those who like to solo dive for the safety aspect, such as those going spear fishing.
The final deciding factor for a solo diver is the diver’s own personal comfort level with the thought of solo diving. Besides the equipment and proper training, solo diving is a mindset. Divers who want to dive alone need to understand what they are about to do and accept the responsibility. A big part of a good solo dive plan is ensuring the diver is mentally prepared; this is a critical turning point in the dive or no-dive decision. Unlike divers who dive in the buddy system, there is no one there to provide an outside perspective or to use as a check and balance.
The solo diver is a well-trained, properly equipped and mentally prepared diver. He solo dives for a reason, creates a well-thought-out solo dive plan, and gives that plan to someone on shore. He has also done a risk benefit analysis and decided that the dive is worth the risks normally associated with solo diving.
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