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Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by Blackfrogfeet, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Blackfrogfeet

    Blackfrogfeet Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canada
    I recently started solo diving, after years of adherely strictly to a "team diving" philosophy.

    The other day I had a realization that the single biggest thing that made me feel uncomfortable solo diving before, was just the stigma attached to it, especially by certain groups of divers who are vehemently opposed to it.

    Anyone else experience this?
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  2. ontdiver

    ontdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
    I have not encountered any such stigma diving in the St Lawrence. Is the attitude expressed by others related to safety concerns?
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Yes. I’ve actually gotten a lot of pushback. I only got solo to mooch around at the local quarry. The fact that these divers freaked out more about me diving solo than cave diving is just weird. But these folks are warm water only vacation divers. Anything outside that is odd to them.
  4. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    I always dive solo, sometimes with other people.
    RayfromTX, EdC, NEScubaBill and 28 others like this.
  5. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
    I always dive self reliant, my Instabuddies decide if I'm solo.
  6. Rollin Bonz

    Rollin Bonz *insert catchy phrase here* ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Georgia, the state, not the country ;-)
    Welcome to the darkside, now begins your deprogramming concerning the "safety" of the buddy system...
    bradymsu, Ana, Cdncoldwater and 5 others like this.
  7. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    I've not run into that myself. However, I've never been a part of a community of divers that were dead set against solo diving. The majority of folks I dived with before beginning solo diving were already either open to it or already practiced it on occasion. Now the vast majority of my dives are solo. Sometimes I'm 100% alone and other times I'm with a large group of divers diving with a guide but I have no identified buddy and thus I'm solo diving with a group. Occasionally I have folks glancing at me funny on dive boats with my AL40 pony bottle. Sometimes they ask me what it is and why I have it. But down here in South FL where the majority of my diving is these days there is so much solo diving going on that the community tends to be very open to it.
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  8. KDAD

    KDAD Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Northern New Jersey
    In addition to getting the stigma from other divers I get it from non-divers, such as my family, asking why I don't have a buddy.

    "What do you mean you going diving alone at night?! What if there is a problem?"
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I like to ask them the question, "Can I depend on you?" And follow with "I know I will be there for me."
    adurso, Compressor, Wibble and 4 others like this.
  10. Degenerate

    Degenerate DIR Practitioner

    Only encountered it once when I wanted to tag along on a club ice dive but didn't feel like having a rope tied around my waist.
    Apparently I would most likely die if I did the dive and laying line on my own rather than have a tender attached to me...
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