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Thinking back, what caused you to go solo?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by lowviz, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. ontdiver

    ontdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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    While I am patient and sociable, I had a few really annoying instabuddy experiences. So when the opportunity came up to take an SDI course I was happy to pay up. No regrets. Also, given the viz in the St. Lawrence you frequently find yourself diving solo so having the training and redundancy takes out the stress factor - particularly when the lakers are cruising overhead in the channel.
     
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  2. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    I'm in the ocean right now following my husband's flag. After he finishes it will be my turn. We thought seas were gonna be rough but having coffee this morning saw they were flat enough to go out.
    So what's one to do? Is not like we have someone that can be at our house with their gear ready to go in 20 minutes or so.
    Besides I'm not sure I trust someone who isn't confident to dive solo. Is obviously their business but I rather not bringing them to dive off my boat.
     

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  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
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    Signed up for my solo class (self-reliant) this year. My reasons are fairly basic:
    Local quarry won't allow me to even do a weight check with new gear without a buddy.
    Buddies often flake out (last 3 times I wanted to go, ended up with no buddy though had one or two lined up each time.
    Same ocean buddies happen too often for me to not want the training and experience necessary to take care of myself as much as possible.
    I foresee wanting to spend time diving by myself in the future, either because I'm in a location I want to dive without another certified diver, I'm somewhere I'd like to do things that other divers wouldn't really be interested in doing, or other similar reasons.
     
  4. agilis

    agilis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: N.J.
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    I started diving solo. My first hundred or so dives were solo. Only until I began diving Jersey's wrecks from a boat did I start to dive with a partner. Diving solo back then was pretty common. Many nights, after work or school, I'd drive the short distance to the Manasquan Inlet and go bug diving completely alone with only my big yellow Allen Light for visibility. It was a good way to develop skills, confidence, and self-sufficiency. Eventually I had to get certified after shops began demanding a C card to fill your tanks, but I really learned to dive on my own. Solo.
     
  5. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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    I went solo for a multitude of reasons.
    Scheduling with a buddy.
    Hard to find a good buddy that was into the same type of thing I was into, mostly hunting.
    I found a lot of buddies to be a pain in the ass, needy, clingy, always forgetting stuff, constant problems underwater, cutting dives short because of some issue...always. A time or two OK, but not every time!
    How many chances is etiquette?
    I just finally decided to go solo.
    My life, my rules.
    I dived alone for several years after that.
    I’m back to having a few buddies now but we solo dive while we are diving in the same general area. Same ocean same day diving. The way it usually goes is we all meet at the dive site parking lot at a given time. Sometimes we ride together depending on who’s going and how many of us there are. We kayak dive, so each guy has his own boat. We paddle out together and anchor up in a fairly close formation. Rafting up is not allowed, each guy has his own anchor.
    We descend together then begin the dive together but as soon as each guy hones in on some game they usually drop off and they are fully solo from that point in. At that point whatever happens happens. Nobody expects to be babysat. Each guy knows they are basically solo from start to finish. We don’t do the one minute look around and surface thing.
    When the dive is over we all surface at different times at different spots and swim back to our kayaks. We change out tanks and do it again.
     
  6. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada
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    Ha...

    I guess I'm not the only one ''that don't play well with others''...

    W...
     
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  7. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
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    In 1967 my dad had one tank and one regulator. As the kid I had squat. If it was a good day for beach diving he would dive then we would take the tank down to Laguna Sea Sports, get a fill, and I would go out for a dive. He would snorkle above me towing a green and yellow surf mat. Never got deeper than 20 feet. Always a competition to see who could spear the biggest halibut or get the biggest abalone that day. M
     
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  8. craig haymaker

    craig haymaker Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pasco, WA
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    Great place to ask this question: What is the latest news on permitted SOLO diving, shore or boat in the Caribbean ?
     
  9. Wathdoc

    Wathdoc Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: uk
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    Sounds ideal.
     
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