Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: solo card

  1. #1
    Guppy
    Join Date
    11/30/2007
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    119

    solo card

    is the solo card worth it?

  2. #2
    Grand Master Spammer Founding Member
    Join Date
    07/11/2007
    Location
    Studio City, CA, USA
    Posts
    8,410
    For some, yes. For others, probably not.

    A suitably vague answer to a suitably vague question.

    Oh, you want to know if it's worth it for YOU?

    Well, tell us about yourself (start by filling in your profile, perhaps) and what kind of diving you do/are thinking about doing, and perhaps we can offer some helpful advise.

  3. #3
    Grouper
    Join Date
    10/28/2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    537
    If you want to dive solo from a boat that requires a solo card to do so, yes.

    I think the Spree and Fling fall into this category, and I think one of the major liveaboard brands (I can't remember which) likes the solo card too.

    From a training or skill improvement standpoint, I've heard mixed reviews.

  4. #4
    Grouper
    Join Date
    10/08/2007
    Location
    Winchester, Va
    Age
    42
    Posts
    691
    Images
    22
    If you want to dive unhassled, yes. A lot of boats won't let you and some quarries won't as well.
    Get Wet,
    Eric

  5. #5
    This is an very interesting thread. In the old days I would never dive with anyone I didn't know at a recreation level. for me and my background that's <130ft and no decompression. As a technical diver using mixed gas that philosophy has taken a 180. There is just too much that could go wrong no matter how well I prepare and things that are beyond my control that my dive partner and myself can handle better than I myself. Maybe when I got a few thousand more dives under my belt I will consider diving at this level alone and under certain conditions 1) i have dove the site many times, 2) the diving conditions are condusive: flat seas relatively moderate current and decent vis,3) I know my gear so well I can do everything that needs doing with my eyes closed or in black water, 4)all my gear is serviced properly and I've inspected and tested it as best I can. 5) mission plan is do-able (visualization) and I've trained properly. Than maybe, maybe......Cards for solo diving? yes, after a very thorough program.
    Tin Cậy Không Ai!

  6. #6
    Grouper
    Join Date
    01/08/2008
    Location
    Richmond VA
    Posts
    610
    I've got a solo card but have never showed it to a dive operator. I dove solo w/o a card for years and never hassled except one time by a lifeguard in NC.

  7. #7
    Grouper
    Join Date
    11/26/2007
    Location
    LaPlace, LA United States
    Age
    75
    Posts
    332
    For the most part it is useful if a charter requires it. If you are an experienced diver you won't learn much if any more. Solo is more about a mind set than it is about learning new skills.

  8. #8
    Shark Founding Member
    Join Date
    07/12/2007
    Location
    DFW-USA
    Age
    64
    Posts
    2,372

    Smile

    For divers whom are considering entering into Solo diving as part of their scuba experience and have no mentors versed in the protocols of safe Solo diving to work with....the recreational Solo class is probably going to shorten your learning curve and offer some good information.

    I have looked at the SDI Solo Diver text....it offered some elementary information a new diver or someone not versed in this area of diving will find interesting and helpful.

    Now is it worth it.....most scuba training is worth something to someone.....I persl. would find nothing in the course context of much value to me, but I dive Solo allot and have for a number of years.....would I go through the class just to satisfy a very few scuba parks or dive charters insurance policies of requiring Solo divers to have such a card-NO.... I simply would dive with a buddy on those rare occasions if faced with the issue.
    PADI Divemaster, TDI Advanced Trimix

  9. #9
    Grouper
    Join Date
    08/27/2007
    Location
    Nagoya, Japan
    Posts
    321
    Images
    4
    The thought of solo diving has occured to me, but for now at least, I think no. There's always something to learn if one has the right instructor, so somewhere down the line I'll probably take the class. As mentioned, the card may or may not be needed. I personally like to learn from the mistakes of others, so I'm sure that if I learned one trick, technique, or consideration from the class it would pay for itself very quickly indeed if I ran into problems underwater. Better yet, I might learn something that helped me avoid the problem in the first place!

  10. #10
    Grouper
    Join Date
    03/29/2008
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Age
    59
    Posts
    704
    If you need to do the course to dive solo, then you shouldn't dive solo. Practice and experience can't be taught and I couldn't work out how you could be taught to dive solo in a group, the scariest part of diving solo is that there is no one else around. However the card does definitely help on charters.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. which xd card
    By mpd525 in forum Gear Information
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-04-2008, 14:45
  2. C-Card here we come!
    By divedeeper in forum Scuba Stories, Comments & Questions that don't fit elsewhere!
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-04-2007, 23:33
  3. C-Card
    By TheBlue1 in forum Open Water Diver
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 11-17-2007, 19:19
  4. Got C - Card - but...
    By porsche060 in forum General Scuba Training Questions
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 11-02-2007, 04:08
  5. how long does it take to get a C-card
    By Xspect in forum Comments or Questions that don't fit above!
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-12-2007, 20:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •