Solo Diver Course

Do you find yourself alone &/or separated from your buddy during a dive?

Learn how to dive safely if you find yourself alone while underwater, with the correct equipment and proper safety procedures.

At one point or another, many divers have found themselves alone during a dive, whether it was intentional or not.  Solo Diving is the practice of self reliant scuba diving without a “dive buddy.”Solo diving once considered technical diving and discouraged by most certification agencies, is now seen by many experienced divers and some certification agencies as an acceptable practise for those divers suitably trained and experienced.
Rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system, solo divers should be skilled in self-sufficiency and willing to take responsibility for their own safety while diving.
This 1-day course stresses proper dive planning, personal limitations, and accident prevention, as well as the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for diving solo.


The course consists of home study online theory, Classroom session, Confined water session and 4 Open water dives.
All courses that are taught through Sam Bennett Diving have a ratio of 4:1 (students to instructor)
    – Minimum age 21
    – Certified SDI Advanced Diver or equivalent
    – Provide proof of 100 logged dives
    What you get out of this course:
    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in solo diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor as long as the following limits are adhered to:
    • The diving activities approximate those of training
    • The areas of activities approximate those of training
    • Environmental conditions approximate those of training
    The SDI Solo Diver certification counts towards a single speciality rating to complete the SDI Advanced Diver Development program or SDI Master Scuba Diver Development program.


    Equipment, site entry fees, boat fees (if required), gas fees are not included

    Course Requirements:



    • Complete all E-learning Modules before any practical lessons start.
    • Dive planning and dive organisation session. This will be completed either in person or through our online classroom.
    The Solo Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
    • Why solo dive?
    • History of buddy diving
    • Pros and cons of buddy diving and solo diving
    • The legal liability assumed by buddy diving
    • How to use the SDI Solo Diving waiver and release
    • Who must solo dive?
    • The solo-diving mentality
    • When not to solo dive
    • Equipment for solo diving
    • Planning and conducting a solo dive
    • Navigation
    • Management of solo diving emergencies
    • Review the SDI Solo Diver Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk Agreement Form

    Land Skills

    • Equipment Set up
    • Out of gas procedures
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Dive Planning

    IN-water skills

    200 metres / 600 feet surface swim in full scuba equipment, configured for local diving conditions; must be non-stop and performed in an open water environment
    1. Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
    2. Limits based on personal gas consumption
    3. Exact dive and/or no-decompression profile
    4. Properly execute the planned dive within all predetermined limits
    5. Equipment configuration appropriate for solo diving
    a. Streamlining equipment
    b. How to use and carry a redundant air supply
    6. Proper descent/ascent rates
    7. Proper safety stop procedures
    8. Monitoring of decompression status equipment; tables, computers, equipment
    9. Navigation skills
    10. Demonstrate proficiency of navigation with a compass
    11. Demonstrate emergency change over to a backup regulator or bailout scuba at a depth not exceeding 30 metres / 100 feet
    12. Deploy surface marker and use of surface audible signalling device