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How long did you wait before you started Solo Diving?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by diver_doug, Sep 25, 2010.

How many dives before you started soloing?

  1. 0-24

    43 vote(s)
    42.6%
  2. 25-49

    11 vote(s)
    10.9%
  3. 50-99

    15 vote(s)
    14.9%
  4. 100-249

    19 vote(s)
    18.8%
  5. 250+

    13 vote(s)
    12.9%
  1. scuba=dude

    scuba=dude Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location:
    141
    10
    0
    halmo


    Seems to me that you make big CLAMES that you don't back up with numbers or any other form of poof to what you say
     
  2. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    4,766
    191
    0
    As far as "what I know for sure" I subscribe to the Four States of Knowing;

    The first state of knowing is when you know you know.

    The second state of knowing is when you think you know.

    The third state of knowing is when you think you don't know.

    The final state of knowing is when you know you don't know. :idk:
     
  3. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    4,766
    191
    0
    Among the things I do know;

    I know how to properly address someone in a polite conversation.

    I know that answering questions directed at me with a polite and thoughtful response is better than ignoring the questions and launching into an attack.

    You wouldn't happen to be politically conservative would you?

    In a forum such as this, or any other where you have questions about my claims, what numbers or proof would satisfy you?

    Speaking just for me, when someone whom I don't care what they think posts, it doesn't piss me off even when they are perhaps directly addressing me, especially if they resort to insults. :mooner:

    :rofl3:
     
  4. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida Panhandle
    3,840
    10
    0
    Does SDI require something beyond OW before Rescue? I looked for someone close that was NAUI in the past and didn't find one. ScubaTech is training through SDI so maybe I'll check with them.

    Would an independant PADI instructor be able to go beyond PADI's AOW requirement? Would I get a card for my money? You know I'm all about the card. :rofl3:

    What are the prerequisites for IANTD Self sufficient course - would it alow me to dive solo on dive boats like the SDI is supposed to? From the title and the fact that your requirements are more stringent, I think I could learn something from your IANTD/SDI training - what does the course cover?
     
  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    8,004
    3,495
    113

    Gee I've been only OW certified for 40 years with almost 2000 dives many of them solo. I'm lucky to alive!:shocked2: Now you've gone and scared me!:D
     
  6. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    73,239
    57,287
    113
    Well, two things ...

    1. The OW class you took encompassed what is currently covered in OW, AOW and Rescue ... plus some skills that aren't covered at all anymore. Today's OW class doesn't even BEGIN to prepare someone to dive solo.

    2. And you didn't learn what you know about diving in your OW class ... you learned it through the subsequent 2000 dives.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  7. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    8,004
    3,495
    113
    You are correct Bob. I was just fun'in ya anyway. I'll say this, after being here on SB for a year now I've come to realize that my early experience with diving was very different from that of many others. I don't believe a youngster these days could have anywhere near the experience I had. Any comprision is probably unfair and not realistic.

    Back to the subject of the thread, I was freediving solo at the age of 10 or 12 in a freshwater lake. I'd tow a tire tube around in case I needed floation and spent hours fining around the lake. By the time I got certified at 16 being alone in the water wasn't anything new to me. So I think, if I'm remembering right I fall into the 0-24 dives.
     
  8. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    8,872
    1,004
    113
    SDI requires "Advanced Diver certification or 40 logged Open Water dives."

    There's no going beyond. Almost all of PADI's courses have their prerequisites "or equivalent".

    AOW or equivalent, 15 logged dives, 18 years old. I can't comment on the dive boats. They have their own policies. I typically issue both certs so you're covered on the boats. The course covers S-drills, RMV calculation, propulsion techniques, valve drills, buoyancy/trim, navigation, lift bag deployment, and several drills used to evaluate proficiency.
     
  9. Kingpatzer

    Kingpatzer Captain

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location:
    1,938
    165
    0
    That's not true. You can do quite a few things in AOW, including extending to some of the rescue course. Further, an instructor can include plenty of other skills provided they do not evaluate those skills as a course requirement for passing.
     
  10. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    8,872
    1,004
    113
    That's not what he was asking. He wanted to know if a PADI instructor could interpret the prerequisite requirement different than AOW required.
     

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