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2. Keep it Simple

Also by now you have also witnessed a diver entering the water with too many gadgets. For example, carrying a camera, three dive computers, a tickle stick for lobsters and also a scooter: What is this diver trying to accomplish? Why do they need all the gear? By keeping equipment simple, there are fewer things to be distracted by, less things to get entangled with, and by default less thing to fail. A diver using a streamlined, clean set up is much more able to deal with issues that come up underwater.

Knowing the location and how to use your equipment in an emergency is key to becoming a competitent solo diver

3. Understanding your equipment

This is by far the most important thing when talking about equipment configuration. The reason is if the solo diver does not know how to use or where it is located on them in an emergency, then they will most certainly compound the problem. For example let say a diver normally carries their knife on their leg, but on a dive they decide to carry it in their BCD. The diver becomes entangled, there first reaction, because this is the way they trained, is to reach for their leg. But low and behold they realize the knife is not there, resulting in an increased level of anxiety. The diver ultimately remembers the knife is in their BCD and releases themselves from the entanglement, but he did learn a valuable lesson. DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING WITHOUT GETTING EXPERIENCE FIRST.

One of the things many instructors like to do when presented with a diver with experience is ask them why they like their equipment set up the way they have it. There is only one right answer to this question, because this is what I know and am comfortable with. An example of a wrong answer would be because my buddy told me to do it that way.

So in conclusion, a solo diver does need a little more equipment but nothing too overwhelming. The key is to keep it streamlined and know how everything works and its location on the diver at all times.

Review Questions

1. The primary equipment modification required of a solo diver; it is for them to carry a__

2. An excellent solution to managing catastrophic gas failure for the single tank diver is use of a__. This typically is a small volume cylinder complete with_

3. What type of gas should be in a solo diver's redundant gas source?

4 . Three pieces of additional equipment are required for the solo diver to be properly prepared. These are:

5. One of the most hotly debated topics of all experienced divers is gear configuration. While your instructor may give you specific guidance concerning gear that works in your local environment, there are three universal issues all experienced divers seem to agree on with regards configuration. There are:

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The "Perfect" Dive Plan

In this chapter, you'll learn about:

• Using a checklist to help plan for solo dives

• Ways to make your dive plans more closely reflect real-world diving

• Next Steps upon graduation

A Default Plan

It should have become obvious at this point in your diving experience that drawing up a detailed dive plan is an essential part of having a safe and enjoyable dive. You more than likely have also figured out that, although there are several variables unique to each and every dive plan, all dive plans have to answer many of the same questions: how deep; how long; how much gas; what type of gas; etc., etc.

It's a short step from there to an understanding that the process of creating detailed dive plans can - and should -follow the same basic steps every time. To help construct our dive plans we use a default "cheat sheet" that's rather like a pre-flight check list pilots use before flying. For solo divers, this cheat sheet helps to standardize dive planning procedures, helps to provide answers for many of the truly vital questions - without forgetting any of them - and saves us time.

Chances are you already have something like a default plan somewhere in your dive kit, on your computer or kicking around in a desk drawer, but here for the sake of comparison is one we have found a workable "default" that's been useful in helping with the majority of our solo dives. (A solo dive planning slate, containing all the following information is available from your SDI solo diving instructor or dive center.)

Solo Dive Planning Slate

Date:

Date:

Solo Dive Planner:

This planner belongs to:_

Location:

Temperature:

Water:

Conditions:

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