Recently, we polled our Facebook audience to find out where they stood on solo dives. We probably all know at least one person who dives solo, and if you don’t, that person may be you. But is it a good idea? Is it safe? The responses were somewhat overwhelming, and they were almost split down the middle.
The most interesting thing to us in the Prime Scuba office was that the answers were so passionate on both sides. Those in favor of solo diving seemed to think it was the absolute best way to dive. Those against solo diving were adamant that there’s nothing more foolish and unsafe than diving without a partner.
There were a few that recognized that it could be okay for someone with enough experience, but most commenters had a position one way or another.
Here’s a look at some of your responses in the “Pro Solo Dive” camp:
Only way I dive!! I got a set of balls and accept the risk. %@*& babysitting! -Mike G.
I feel safer by my self. – Richard H.
Solo is the only way i can dive, no dive buddy. – Christoper B.
Since I did a majority of my diving off a boat I was never really alone but I did do a lot of diving without a buddy… I spent too many dives as an instructor babysitting that when I did not have my wife or students I wanted to do what I wanted at my own pace….. -Brent L.
Of course -Jaime C.
Absolutely. It’s usually the way I dive. Know your limits, and redundancy helps. Plus, I don’t have to worry about paying attention to someone else. – Nicholas A.
A few comments on the side of caution:
If you have the training and the safety gear. The most important thing I have learned in dive training is “know you limits”. – Kevin S.
I agree with Kevin. If you are certified in solo diving, have the right equipment and know your limits, nothing wrong with it. – Mike E.
As long as you don’t push the limits it’s ok Jeremy C.
I don’t hunt in a group so always solo – Jake K.
The best dives I do are solo. But know your limits. -Mike B.
These commenters seem to be in the “Con Solo Dive” camp:
For me…never – Carrie W.
No way -Rob M.
Big no -Michael M.
I have done it many times but it’s dependent on the situation. No over head environs and not in ‘lost fishing gear’ places. I have lost diving buds to both. It’s a decision best left to experienced divers. Not being arrogant here but I have been diving since age 14 and easily have 1000 dual dives. Gone solo less than 50. Babysitting? Bull$ hit! Bad attitude and bad choice most of the time. If you think you are scuba joe…. Usually you isn’t. Take a pard if you can. -David C.
There are many things that can go wrong on a dive so better to have another pair of hands and air. If alone at least have someway of communicating so you can get help. -Karen S.
No way to many things could go wrong !!! -Eric B.
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