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Solo diving in shallow water

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Andy Baines, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    If the OP’s dive count is correct, he’s got 24 dives or less. Minimum 100 required for self reliant/solo course.
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    6 foot dive? Gotta be prepared...

  3. Andy Baines

    Andy Baines Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Bournemouth
    I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time in advising me on this.

    Based on everyone's advice my next steps will be to do further training like the PADI Self Reliant or SDI Solo Diver, as mentioned by Chrisch (thanks chrisch). I do feel very comfortable solo diving in the areas i plan to as I know them very very well (nowhere else until i build some experience), the reef is about 3 mile out, i usually swim up to 2 mile which is also the no boat zone perimeter so no issue with boats in the area i plan to dive in. During my swims i also freedive to the sea bed as i just love doing this for fun, see no issue in being able to get to the surface quick.
    Im in no rush, plan to do the first solo dive April 2020, so no harm in further training for now, i have yet to purchase my equipment to.

    thanks again everyone,

    best wishes and happy diving


    ps, ths below picture is where i plan to do this

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  4. Andy Baines

    Andy Baines Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Bournemouth
  5. reefrat

    reefrat Manta Ray

    # of Dives:
    Location: Houston Texas and Grand Turk
    seems to me that there have been two themes to the responses to the OP.
    One is related to solo diving in shallow water an the other relates to the general mortality risk in relation to general OC diving!

    General Mortality: I am nearly 60 years young in in pretty reasonable shape, something is going to get me in the next twenty or so years and it could be a lot sooner but there's no point fretting about that. In fact I am currently thinking about getting back into motorcycling after a 16 year absence, nothing too fast though!
    Shallow Solo Diving: I do it every now and then on our house reef in 15 feet of water and do not consider it any more dangerous than snorkeling- maybe less in fact! Just pick your days, watch your gas and carry a cutting device.

    I don't rely on a buddy system to save my skin! Make sure you have adequate redundancy for the nature of the dive, practice using it and have fun.
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  6. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

    LOL. That's not Bournemouth. (Looks nice though)
  7. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    LOL. the guy is going to swim MILES offshore alone, and people are worried about the depth of 10 feet? The distance offshore not the depth is the issue of concern. Redundant air supply and the attendant drag is exactly NOT what the diver needs.
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  8. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I'd be looking at that dive with an old steel 72, which I have, or an Al 40, if I had to buy a tank. Put that on the smallest backpack and wing I could find, along with my usual cutting devices.

    For that distance I'd use my sit on top kayak, however since he is detecting, he may not want to skip any ground. In any event, the kayak is a great platform to keep your flag, and any other gear you don't need to have on your person.

  9. Perryed

    Perryed Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
    I dive solo a lot but when I do I just stay within a breath of the surface and make sure my equipment is well maintained and that I pay attention to my gauges and computer. I tell my wife that if I die of a heart attack or other health issue under water that I will have died doing something I truly love.
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  10. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    My procedure on most dives:
    --Almost always 30' (9m) or less.
    --occasionally poke down and up quickly to 40-60' (12-18m).
    --I practice CESA often from 9m and beginning with half full lungs.
    --(almost) always carry the knife.
    --regard entanglement the biggest risk, but I know the sites and there is nothing I've found yet to entangle me (well, ONE time a little fishing line I needed no knife to remove). Always swim OVER anything suspect rather than under. Stay well above even sea (eel) grass.
    --Heart attack possibility of course (I'm 65). Just spent 2 weeks alone at the cabin and do 8 alone in NY each summer. What are the chances of one there as opposed to on a minimally strenuous (usually) dive? Dead either way.
    --did my 1st solo dive after dive #75, only because my regular buddy moved and my location finding another that was convenient was too much a bother.
    --YES, of course it is glorified snorkeling, as long as you don't hold your breath and ascend. And as pointed out, probably safer--hey, you have a problem snorkeling at 4m like entanglement, how much air have you?
    --You're never supposed to snorkel (or swim) alone either---Never ever (did that for too many decades to recall).
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