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The Planning Necessary for Solo Dives

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by wcj786, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    Great point.

    I think the most important part of planning is not your solo pre-dive plan, but your pre-solo dive plan. In other words, you've got to have a clear idea of your solo-diving goals and solo-diving philosophy.

    For instance, some divers (myself included) believe in full redundancy for safety. Others believe in what I would call "simplicity" for safety. How will you conduct your solo dives? What are your limits? What gear will you carry, and why? When will you terminate a solo dive? What gear failures automatically result in an aborted dive? What gear failures don't?

    For example, I start all of my solo dives with some basic emergency drills at 20 feet. If the drills go well and I feel confident, then I go diving. If the drills go poorly for whatever reason, then I stay at 20 feet and just do drills. That's my personal philosophy and that's how I do it.

    One you can clearly identify in your mind how you are going to dive solo, then it's time to being soloing.
  2. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines

    1) Is my 'toolbox' of procedures, techniques and equipment sufficient to cope with any anticpated situations?

    2) Am I sufficiently experienced and educated to anticpate every possible situation?

    3) Am I sufficiently pychologically robust to use this 'toolbox' when under threat of immediate death?

    Hint: Asking questions on an internet forum may lead to a 'No' answer to one or more of these questions.
  3. Green_Streak

    Green_Streak Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ocala, Florida
    I can't say as i do anything different when I go solo diving. I enjoy diving with buddies and I can absolutely say I would trust my life to a couple of them, but ya see I don't like the idea of my life being in someone elses hands. I don't particularly care who's with me or not, my #1 rule of diving is not to put myself into a situation that I'm not 100% sure I can get myself out by myself should the **** hit the fan. To be able to say that, a couple of things you might want to know, how you react under stress? How do you react in emergency situations? Do you panic, does your SAC rate triple, or do you stop and think? Do you have any redundancy in your kit? What happens when you crack a HP seat in your 1st stage and it begins quickly dumping the contents of your tank into the water? If you can't answer those questions, you might want to think hard about what you're doing.

    The most important skill to me is being able to recognize what situations would leave me less than 100% confident and not put myself in them, I've called dives before I even got out of bed in the morning. The planning that goes into a solo dive is no more or no less than what goes into planning any other dive.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2010
  4. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    interesting that you don't check the tides.
  5. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    i don't think you can anticipate every possible situation, there are some nasty surprises out there which we would never have dreamed of.
  6. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    There is only one solo shore dive that I have ever done here in Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu & Maui) where checking the tide is on the list, and I have still successfully done the dive when the tide was wrong.

    Tide is more important when I am with one of my buddies, 'cause they don't wear free dive fins. :idk:
  7. KP3S

    KP3S Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Isabela, Puerto Rico, 3 miles from the Atlantic Co
    It is in the check weather, I check tides and current according to NOAA and the closest LDS to the proposed dive site.
  8. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: British Virgin Islands
    That is quite a clever analogy.

    I thought you were smoking crack when I read your first post...

    EDIT: That stuff on my browser is not pornography - it's art!
  9. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
    I'm curious what's up with the weather in your neck of the woods that you have to check it 5 times for every dive?
  10. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    over here, the weather forecast can change hours before a planned dive, i check the weather every day to predict whether i can dive, sometimes it's fairly easy to predice, but this last summer has been really changeable and the wind has been a b***** nuisance!

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