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What solo cert do you have, has it ever been turned down?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by scubadada, Feb 21, 2021.

What solo cert do you have, has it ever been turned down?

  1. PADI Self-Reliant Diver, never turned down

    15 vote(s)
    26.3%
  2. PADI Self-Reliant Diver, turned down

    1 vote(s)
    1.8%
  3. SDI Solo Diver, never turned down

    23 vote(s)
    40.4%
  4. SDI Solo Diver, turned down

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
  5. Other agency, designate in post, never turned down

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
  6. Other agency, designate in post, turned down

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Solo dive, not certified, never turned down

    14 vote(s)
    24.6%
  8. Solo dive, not certified, turned down

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    These questions have been asked numerous times before, but never subjected to a poll that I could find. Please designate which solo certification you have and whether it has never, or has been turned down by an operator that allows for solo diving. If you have been certified by other than PADI or SDI, please list the agency in a post to the thread. Multiple responses are allowed, as I have read on SB that some may have more than one solo certification. There is a response available for divers who solo dive, but have not been certified. I solo dived for years before I pursued certification, to increase my flexibility with operators who do not know me.

    Thanks in advance for your participation
     
  2. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
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    SDI solo but haven't actually had to show my card yet. California dive boats are a little less nanny-ish than the stories I've heard from abroad.
     
  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern Florida
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    SDI Solo. I’ve had to show it several times. It’s never been denied as long as I had an AAS. It WAS denied once because I didn’t have an AAS. I selected never denied because not having my pony was my fault and I was not within SDI Solo guidelines. Funny thing is the site was 25’ max depth! LOL But still my fault for not bringing my AAS.
     
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  4. JohnN

    JohnN ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    SDI, haven't been turned down yet. But I haven't been asked since I got the card. I try to take pictures, I think everyone who tries (or succeeds) is a solo diver anyway
     
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  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    I know what you mean. I've dived in Southern Calif quite a few time in the 2000s. I was never asked about solo cert, some of the operators knew me, some, not so much. I did all my initial diving in SoCal, it is a different place, many assume competency :)
     
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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    I'm not solo certified and never sought to do so on boats. A couple of times I was allowed to go solo when my instabuddy cancelled (cold, etc.). They knew I had a DM card so I guess they figured I'm OK. Maybe because boat DMs go down solo to adjust the anchor?
     
  7. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor Trainer ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The first time I ever needed to use it was at Olympus Dive Center in NC. My son got seasick and I didn't like the prospect of an insta-buddy. I talked to Capt George and he said if you have the card, go for it.
     
  8. billbb

    billbb Solo Diver

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    Location: pa
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    I think some places like the word solo on the card
     
  9. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Ireland
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    I’ve never needed one as there’s never been anyone around to ask for one.
     
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  10. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
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    ANDI solo cert. Have never had it turned down where solo diving was permitted. Lots of places don’t allow solo in any circumstance, usually takes a dive or two and then I am off on my own and nobody cares.
     

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