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How many dives did you have?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by jvevea, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. jvevea

    jvevea Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Santa Cruz, CA
    77
    0
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    Just curious... How many dives did you have when you first dove solo? When you first felt comparatively safe diving solo?
     
  2. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
    5,018
    90
    48
    Somewhere between #130-150, I think.
     
  3. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    16,880
    8,586
    113
  4. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

    13,224
    83
    0
    Around 120. (except for my very first dive ever - of course I had no idea what I was really doing at the time!)
     
  5. Hoosier

    Hoosier Solo Diver

    5,974
    6
    0
    Yeah around 50~~~~ I felt like being in heaven....
     
  6. Jim Ernst

    Jim Ernst Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Sacramento CA
    5,126
    20
    0
    close to 100, but i also was in an area i knew very well and had all of the gear i needed
     
  7. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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    25
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    What's the question behind this question?

    R..
     
  8. Daylonious

    Daylonious Señor Pantalones

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
    711
    0
    0
    I have about 4-5... but it was more "group was in the water, and I did my own thing, keeping them in sight" sorta thing.

    Still need to get that pony bottle before I do it on purpose.

    D.
     
  9. jvevea

    jvevea Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Santa Cruz, CA
    77
    0
    0
    Does there have to be one?

    It's more a matter of planning ahead. I know I'm not ready right now, but can see many advantages of solo diving, and expect I will indulge in it eventually. Not the least of these advantages is avoiding the difficulty of finding a buddy who can dive when and where I want to dive. So I'm just looking for information on others' experience.
     
  10. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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    I see.

    So what you're looking for is indicators that will tell you when you're ready....right?

    Number of dives isn't one of them.

    There are several things you need to just do:
    - get your gear sorted out for solo diving. Full redundancy
    - find a suitable site, which involves diving a lot of sites with a buddy first
    - think about your planning as more than just the bit under water, think door-to-door.
    - acquire and/or hone certain skills (handling redundant gear, self rescue, basic scuba skills)

    As a diver, you need to possess:
    - calm demeanor under all kinds of pressure
    - discipline
    - awareness of your boundaries
    - acceptance of increased risk (which also applies to the people around you!)
    - organisation
    - a thick skin, people will pester you.

    As a minimum training level, rescue

    That's a start. See where I'm going with this? You started asking how many dives you need but you don't need a whole whack of dives. Other qualities are more important and even some people with enormous numbers of dives don't have what it takes to dive solo. These two things are not even remotely related.

    R..
     

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