Number of nearest Hyperbaric Facilitv:
Solo Dive Planner:
Solo Dive Entry
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Helping to A/lake Dive Plans Reflect Reality
Values entered on this slate are "best guess estimates" and may vary widely from actual values from a real dive. After your dives, compare Estimated Volume of Gas Needed for Dive with the actual volume consumed. If your values for SAC, depth and time were accurate then your allowance for Dive Factor needs adjusting.
For example, you may have entered a dive factor of 2.5 for a dive you expected to entail harsh currents, cold water and the added stress of poor visibility only to find on the actual dive that there was little or no current, the vis was great and the hearty breakfast and plenty of fluids you started your day with helped keep you warm and alert throughout the dive; and therefore your gas consumption was only three-quarters of the expected volume. (Of course this is a happy outcome... not so when the circumstances are reversed, the dive is tougher than planned and your consumption is more than expected.)
With experience, you may also modify your gas needs by making consumption calculations based on estimated average depth rather than maximum depth: an extremely sophisticated (and advanced) dive planning technique.
As you gain more experience building plans for solo diving excursions, draw values for each of variables above from actual experience rather than estimates of what ought to be. Do this by keeping good post dive notes which compare your estimated values with actual values, and that outline your physical and mental state before, during and after your dives. Armed with this sort of information, you will find that things such as gas volumes in future dive plans become more accurate and the whole process can be completed more rapidly. Bottom line is: use the dive planner, take notes, compare with actual values gathered during actual dives!
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The list of dives where we believe solo diver training and application of solo diving techniques provides an excellent bonus includes: Photography/Videography; Critter watching; Walk on charters without a regular dive buddy; Limited vis diving; and diving with a less experience buddy who may not be able to provide you with contingency support in the event of an equipment or situational emergency.
Of course there are many, other applications for the training you will get during this SDI Specialty Course, including the one cited most frequently by SDI divers like yourself who enrol in a solo class:, "I simply want to become a stronger, more informed, more self-sufficient diver and a better dive buddy when I dive with my friends/partner."
Upon successful graduation from this course, we would recommend you take Videography / Still Photography SDI Specialty. You may also want to branch out into technical diving and the many opportunities offered by our sister agency Technical Diving International which has been providing excellent technical training since its inception in 1994. Ask your SDI instructor or dive center about other curriculum. Many of the techniques you have learned and planning issues you will have dealt with in this course will prove extremely useful in any further training.
Good luck. Dive safe. Have fun. Keep learning.
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