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How common is solo RB diving?

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by Marie13, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
    I'm having a tough time thinking of any of the many CCR divers that I know who have not dived solo.
  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    We allowed it on the Spree, specific people. You couldn’t be a stranger and dive solo rebreather.
    happy-diver likes this.
  3. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    The question isn’t “how common is solo rebreather diving?”, the question is “do you carry enough bailout gas for the depths you dive solo?”

    Eyewitnesses state that Fiona was carrying insufficient bailout for her planned dive.

    And I saw that often.
    Chun Zhou, tmassey, laikabear and 3 others like this.
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    at least in my circle it's pretty common. We all like to dive with each other, but most of it is same ocean diving and I don't know many people who object to solo diving and don't do it on a reasonably frequent basis.
  5. Jeremy Williams

    Jeremy Williams Nassau Grouper

    I think it’s selection biased. Those that find rebreather diving an acceptable risk proposition also tend to find solo diving acceptable. Perhaps I would go so far as to say... if you accept the risks of diving a rebreather then doing so solo may seem to add relatively little additional risk.
    Sortsol likes this.
  6. jstrang

    jstrang Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: burlington, ON, CANADA
    For most CCR divers the mindset is that we are self sufficient. We have enough bailout gas to get us out of any situation and we have enough experience to deal with any issue.

    For me a 300’ dive is still a big dive though. I know I wouldn’t plan to do that on my own.
    688ClassRebreather likes this.
  7. fsardone

    fsardone Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Rome, Italy
    I was a solo diver well before being a reb diver ...
    When I moved to reb my instructor told me to wait a bit before going solo ....
    I tend to prefer to be with other reb divers but if unable I dive solo or solo with an OC partner ....

    My limit is normoxic range and 15-20 min of deco max ... while solo with OC partner his limits....
  8. Kay Dee

    Kay Dee Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Here, there, and everywhere
    It was the norm in the group I dove with, and the liveaboard I dove off (on wrecks primarily in the 50 to 75m range).
  9. PT4476

    PT4476 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
    Pretty common. A lot of my RB dives are solo, I carry at least two bailouts on any solo dives with a deco obligation.
  10. JonG1

    JonG1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Glossop UK
    I do and most divers with RB that I know do. Min of 2 bailout, usually 3 in OHE worked on 2 times bailout volume.

    Tank vol are chosen to permit exit on any 2.

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