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    1. Training

    The SDI solo diver program teaches experienced recreational divers how to safely dive independently of a dive buddy or strengthen your buddy team skills.

    Diving alone is often done safely by well-trained, experienced and responsible divers.

    This is the prefect course for underwater photographers, underwater video divers and divers that are spearfishing.

    Solo diving isn't for everyone, to be a safe solo diver you must train and equip yourself to manage the added risks that solo diving sometimes involves.

    What it is:
    The SDI solo diver course examines the benefits, hazards, accident prevention, additional equipment and proper procedures for planning and conducting solo dives. Completing this course empowers you with specific knowledge, enabling you to make a sound risk analysis when engaging in this type of diving.

    Agencies we teach for:

    Course Cost:
    See Prices Page
    This includes: educational materials, your dive training, full gear hire, certification card, and photos (above and below water).

    Other costs:
    Our cost includes everything except food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation. Dive site fees range from $5-$40, depending on site. Air is $4, Nitrox is $8.

    Gear you need to provide:
    You will need to have your own basic gear: ie: mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. BC, regulator, wetsuit and weights are available for rental; reduced for alumni.

    As a certified solo diver you will also need to own a pony bottle (or independent or isolated-manifold twin tanks), a liftbag, a knife/cutting device, whistle and a compass.

    What the course entails:
    The solo diving course consists of academics, a detailed classroom session emphasizing equipment and planning, and two dives. Each dive must follow the dive plan discussed before the dive or the student must do an additional certification dive.

    How we teach it:
    There are two parts, the academics and the “wet” portion.

    * The academics are done at home from your SDI Solo Diver Manual, at your own pace. The manual is well produced, well structured, and a very informative learning tool. They are excellent alternatives to multiple day or evening lectures.

    As you work through the material you will fill in your workbook, until you have completed all the material. When you have finished the academics, you will do a complete review with the instructor, and a final written test. Upon completion of the academics, you will then start the “wet” training.

    * During the 'wet' part of the course, all the academics you learned will be reinforced, and it is up to you to very diligently plan your dive, and dive your plan (for two dives)!

    Upon successful completion of your workbook, the written test and your 2 well planned and executed dives you will awarded certification as a Solo Diver!

    Age requirements:
    You must be at least 21 years old to receive the Solo Diver certification; there is no maximum age.

    Minimum # of students per class:

    This class can be done when we are teaching virtually any other class.

    How many people are in each class?
    Usually 1…you really are a “solo” diver!

    Schedule/Timing for Course:
    We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.

    Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.

    How long does the course take?
    The academics take a half day, another wet day for diving.

    Where we do our solo course:
    We train solo divers in the local springs (Alexander Springs, Devil's Den, Deleon Springs and Blue Springs), or the ocean. Where we go usually depends on what other classes we are running.

    Prerequisites for Course:
    * You will need to provide the gear mentioned above, your own basic gear, pony bottle (or independent or isolated-manifold twin tanks), a liftbag, a knife/cutting device, whistle and a compass.

    * Before participating in the solo diver course, you will be required to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement. If you answer YES to anything, a medical form will be required to be signed off by a physician.

    * Minimum of Advanced Open Water rating

    * Minimum 100 logged dives (proof must be presented to the instructor)

    * You must be able to do a 600 foot surface swim in full scuba gear, without stopping.

    * Divers who wish to dive solo must be mentally and physically fit to complete the course and do this type of diving. Our Instructors have discretion in determining whether a candidate qualifies on these points.

    * DAN insurance is highly recommended for all diving activities.

    What you can do afterwards:

    * Dive, dive, dive!!!

    * Make a prudent risk analysis to determine if solo diving is for you.

    * Solo dive within the limits of your training, without a buddy

    * Continue your diver training with a specialty dives and more courses.

    Just you and the critters, when solo diving!

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