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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. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida Panhandle
    3,840
    10
    0
    I didn't know if there was an equivelent or if there was some other way of taking the course that led to knowledge but no c-card to prove you took it. I'm not an expert on the laws of PADI :)
     
  2. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    15,396
    8,159
    113
    The Law of PADI


    If you doth pay, you shall surely recieveth.
     
  3. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Illawarra.....south of Sydney australia & Balmain
    466
    3
    0
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by scuba=dude
    there are small island all over the earth that the fishermen use home made "Hookas" and dive for all manner of sea food and they have never had any training for diving and are quite solo in there diving.....they are not from the USA

    ... be interesting to see what the injury statistics are like on those islands ... and how many of those people are still diving by the time they're 30 ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)


    Bob, is right.
    I started diving using Hookak, and every one of the island boys I dived with was not certified.
    The death rate was high. The injury rate higher. The aussie govt supported an education program to start getting them trained, as well as educated on positioning of compressor exhaust hose, since the majority of deaths were carbon monoxide poisoning.

    The oldest diver I met was in his late 60's and was an old helmet pearl diver. God love him he still was out on the Hookak most days by himself, yep, picking up some beer money in crays, but most were young, bold, and reckless.

    I solo dive, and it is very deliberate. I have my own guidelines which are mine and determined by my own capabilities on any given day taking into account where I am and whats happening around me. I know the risks and I accept them.

    Some time ago I remember reading a members statement on this and found it very true.
    It went something like this......If you feel you have to ask the question when? Then you are not ready.
     
  4. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    8,872
    1,004
    113
    I wouldn't require someone with a couple hundred dives involving different activities complete AOW prior to Rescue. The purpose of AOW is to expose divers to various activities within diving. If that same student has already done several dives in the 60'-100' depth range, knows how to use an underwater compass appropriately, has done several night dives, takes photographs underwater, etc, then they have more than the equivalent experience. An AOW course isn't going to be beneficial for that diver.
     
  5. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Illawarra.....south of Sydney australia & Balmain
    466
    3
    0
    It is possible for someone with Padi OW to do the confined skills of rescue.
    They cannot participate in the open water scenarios. In saying that, I wonder if it may be possible to apply to padi for recognition of ALL THOSE dives for advanced certification.
    I really don't think it would hurt to ask.
    It is not without precedence. as Instructors can gain certifications for specialties by submitting
    logged dives.
     
  6. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida Panhandle
    3,840
    10
    0
    I was talking about the less important laws :rofl3:
     
  7. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida Panhandle
    3,840
    10
    0
    I always saw AOW as an exposure to types of diving. I never thought of it as truly "advanced". I went deeper than 60', on night dives, started taking pictures, worked on buoyancy, etc. with mentors. I hate collecting cards just to make it up some chain to prove how good I am. I wouldn't care to have an AOW card unless I needed it to do some other courses like rescue. I just want to be a safe diver in the dives that I want to do. They don't make courses for "special" people like me :rofl3:
     
  8. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    8,872
    1,004
    113
    I have a couple of other divers interested in a Rescue class. If you're interested, let me know and we'll get one scheduled.
     
  9. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida Panhandle
    3,840
    10
    0
    Do you ever have a class that meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? Those are my days off.
     
  10. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    8,872
    1,004
    113
    My schedule is really flexible. The issue will be finding another diver that can meet on those days. We only run Rescue classes with at least 2 divers. I'll check around, though.
     

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