Solo diver certification

Solo Diver Course

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At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was intentional or not. Solo Diving is the practice of self-reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy. ”Solo diving” is now seen by many experienced divers & some certification agencies as an acceptable practice for those divers suitably trained & experienced. Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, “solo divers” should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving. 

What to expect in this course:

The solo diver course is one of the most challenging recreational courses you can take. Your instructor will challenge you with no mask swims, recording your SAC rate, affixing spare gas sources, general dive planning and pre-dive preparation. Whether you want to dive alone or just want to be better prepared for diving with others (especially your family, children or less experienced divers), the goal of this class is to make a diver completely self sufficient, for themselves and others.

Who this class is for:

  • The certified advanced diver who is interested in learning how to dive independent of a dive buddy 
  • The certified advanced diver who is interested in strengthening their buddy team diving skills
  • Underwater photographers or videographers
  • Adults diving with their children as their dive buddy

Our Solo Diver certification class fee includes:

  • Your online learning, tests, & one-on-one instructor review
  • 2 instructor-led dives in open water
  • Solo Diver certification card & processing fees

What you will learn:

  • When should/shouldn’t you solo dive
  • Pros and cons of buddy diving & solo diving
  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving
  • How to use the SDI Solo Diving waiver & release
  • Who must solo dive?
  • The solo diving mentality
  • Equipment for solo diving
  • Planning & conducting a solo dive
  • Navigation
  • Management of solo diving emergencies
  • How to plan dive limits based on personal air consumption rate
  • Plan exact dive and properly execute the planned dive within all predetermined limits
  • Equipment configuration appropriate for solo diving
  • Proper descent/ascent rates
  • Proper safety stop procedures
  • Monitoring of decompression status equipment: tables, computers, equipment, etc.
  • Navigation skills – demonstrate proficiency of navigation with compass
  • Demonstrate emergency change over to redundant air supply (not to exceed 100’/30 meters depth)
  • Deploy surface marker buoy (SMB)
  • Use of audible signaling device

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Solo Diver Certification


Please check our online calendar for a scheduled class before purchasing. You may be able to join an already scheduled course.

This class includes your online e-learning material, 2 in-water training sessions with a certified instructor,  your certification card (C-Card) and the skills to handle situations when your buddy is not there or cannot assist you.


Course Requirements:

Solo diver certification prerequisites:

  • 21 years or older
  • Advanced Open water diving certification
  • Proof of 100 or more logged dives
  • Approved diver medical form
  • Liability waiver

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (regulators, BCD, weights, tanks, computer, redundant inflation source, redundant timing and depth gauge or 2 computers, redundant cutting tools, redundant visual and audible signaling devices, etc.)
  • Personal scuba gear (2 masks, fins, snorkel, boots – student must own).
  • Independent air source (pony bottle with independent regulators – first and second stage and SPG, twin cylinders with isolation – “doubles”, single cylinder with H-Valve, or independent doubles – “sidemount”)
  • Spare mask (must be carried during dive)
  • Compass
  • SMB or lift bag

Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course with a test score of 80% or higher
  • After instructor remediation, a test score of 100%
  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Ensure the certifying agency has your photo on their website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time requirements:

  • 2 – 4 hours for online learning
  • 4 – 8 hours* of instructor led surface & in-water training
*2 days may be required, depending on agency