Diving is an activity that carries with it a certain amount of risk and training programs are designed to help divers identify those risks and develop workable strategies to manage them. There are risks associate with solo diving that go beyond the usual risks associated with recreational sport diving.
Although this book was written specifically as part of an instructional course devoted to planning and executing solo dives, it is understood that people make mistakes and misunderstand each other. For this reason, anyone who dives alone must be aware of the special risks to which one is exposed when venturing underwater without the potential support of a buddy in the event of an unforeseen emergency.
It should also be understood that this book is not intended to replace proper solo diver training conducted under the guidance and tutelage of a qualified SDI Solo Diver Specialty instructor.
The risks identified within this textbook include those commonly associated with recreational sport diving and include: out of air emergencies, equipment malfunctions, getting lost on a dive and others. For each of these contingencies we have identified commonly accepted fixes, reactions or planning procedures that will help mitigate their effects, but no textbook can contain all the answers to every possible scenario for an underwater emergency, and as such, this book is not a definitive treatment of the subject. Only with the help of a qualified instructor and experience gained over many, many dives will you begin to become a competent solo diver.
Guide to Symbols 11
Chapter 1 Thinking and Acting Outside the Buddy System 13
Scuba IQ Review 21
Chapter 2 Beyond Basic Gas Management 22
Scuba IQ Review 35
Chapter 3 Dealing With Equipment Issues 36
Scuba IQ Review 47
Chapter 4 Dealing with Emergencies without Panic 48
Scuba IQ Review 57
Chapter 5 Staying Too Long, Going Too Deep
Getting Lost 60
Scuba IQ Review 75
Chapter 6 Special Equipment for Solo Diving 76
Scuba IQ Review 87
Chapter 7 The "Perfect" Dive Plan 88
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