SDI continues developing their eLearning platform, allowing divers to complete the academic portion of the Solo Diving certification online. In 1999 SDI (Scuba Diving International) launched its controversial Solo Diver Course, a program that taught recreational sport divers what tools and techniques would help them stay safe when diving on their own. This was something no other training agency had dared do before. Today, SDI continues to lead the industry by being the first and only certification agency to offer a Solo Diver Course online. This marks the 20th online scuba dive course offered in SDI’s eLearning classroom system.
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 are trained to be skilled in self-sufficiency and are willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.
The 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 photographers and underwater videographers, as well as those diving with their children or buddies who may not be very experienced in scuba diving.
Bob Halstead says, “I believe that all divers should be trained primarily as self-sufficient – solo – divers. They must learn to take personal responsibility for their actions in the water. If they are not capable of this, then they should still be in the care of an instructor. But the present hypocrisy that states that solo diving is unsafe while paying lip service to a buddy system that is so obviously failing is slowing the development of diving and increasing its danger needlessly.”
Start learning to dive solo today, because at one point or another, you will be diving alone, whether you want to or not.
If you would like more information about Solo Diving, please contact SDI World Headquarters or your regional office.