Why to dive alone? Isn’t it something what we learn from beginning of our diver education to always dive with a buddy?
Yes it is, however there are some circumstances and reasons in which diving alone is the way to go.
Now to put your standard scuba equipment on and just go for a dive alone, it is not Self-Reliant or Solo diving, it is STUPID diving. Anyone who had been in a situation where his buddy helped him out will deeply agree with this.
So what is Self-Reliant diving? It is a way of diving. It requires a lot of diving experience (logged 100 dives), so you really feel comfortable in water; it requires redundant equipment and familiarity with it; and self awareness and techniques. This is exactly what you learn during the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course, how to dive safely when alone.
There might be different reasons for dive alone, and here are few possible answers:
- You are a photographer. There is nothing worst for you like the other divers chasing away your theme and/or silting up. You do not delay the group and can spend your bottom time trying to make the perfect shot of this seahorse 🙂
- It’s rare, but it might be safer then diving with an unfamiliar buddy. He might be more risk for you then going on your own.
- You are just the person who likes to be alone.
If you think that this is something for you, then you could consider to do the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course first, which teaches you to use and manage the redundant gas supply system. Of course it is not a prerequisite for the course but they go very well hand by hand. Of course you could use a sling tank for the course or Spare Air.
The course fee all inclusive with certification is 10.000 Baht.
Whichever way you decide, do not to hesitate to contact me for your course booking.