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Solo Technical Why?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by Nemrod, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. MajorAkiva

    MajorAkiva Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    No ever talks about the requirements for solo vs tech. You can be a complete noob with only OW 25 dives and nitrox and take Adv Nitrox, deco and extended Range and still not meet the prerequisite 100 dives for Solo. Solo also requires AOW. May not be technical but has higher requirements. Just a thought.
  2. Aotus

    Aotus Marine Scientist

    AOW as a prerequisite shouldn't be considered as an indication of whether subsequent training equates to that expected of technical dives.
  3. John_ZAR

    John_ZAR Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
    I voted No. Then thought about it and realised that there is probably a need for two Solo Diver sections, one for AOW and one for Tech divers. The risks are vastly different.
  4. Aotus

    Aotus Marine Scientist

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  5. Aotus

    Aotus Marine Scientist

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  6. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Interesting point alluded to in recent posts; while solo diving is often presumed to be solo recreational diving within the intended scope of the SDI Solo course (or PADI Self-reliant, I presume), there's a considerable range of diving outside those restrictions that some people do solo (e.g.: cave diving solo).

    Is the issue here that the forum is only for solo recreational diving, or is the issue that the forum really is for all solo diving, in which case putting it in a recreational section might not make sense.

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  7. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE TEXAS

    I would disagree. When you loose your buddy you are no longer buddy diving,,, you are solo. Rec divers upon loosing their buddy do a quick search and go to the surface as to not continue in a solo (non buddy supported) dive. When you reunite with your now solo buddy at the surface, you can commence the remainder of the buddy dive. Agencies don not exactly word it that way, but their proceedures reflect it.
  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Richard makes a valid point why "solo" diving might logically be broken into 2 discussions, recreational and technical solo diving.

    I can only speak for SDI Solo Diver, though I would imagine the PADI equivalent is the same. SDI does not include overhead environments, decompression, or diving beyond recreational limits. The prerequisites of AOW and 100 dives are within recreational training and experience.

    Solo diving beyond these limits could be considered techincal solo diving
  9. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    So by that definition everyone has the potential to be a Solo Diver at some point? Then why have a special forum for Solo Divers at all? I think I would agree with @Nemrod that the definition (in my opinion) of "Solo Diving" involves an element of intent, and losing one's buddy doesn't fit that definition.
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  10. CptTightPants21

    CptTightPants21 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NY/NJ
    I support solo diving staying in the technical section.

    Even though solo diving can be done with a single tank set up and in shallow reefs, it still requires a "technical" mindset. More attention to detail, a strong self reliance, and adequate skill level.

    It is closer to cavern/intro level cave, than advanced buoyancy and night diver, and deserves that respect. Solo diving shouldn't be seen in the same light as the other "advanced' specialties.

    And even if I don't see solo diving as technical, I don't see a good enough reason to move it from its current location. Those that are interested in solo diving will find the forum on their own.

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