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    First Solo Dive

    Well guys, I went on my first solo dive this weekend. I hate to say it but I really liked solo diving. There was no worrying about where the buddy is. It seems that I freed up more time to go down and search around also. I left the gal in the boat so my fishing stuff stayed in it and went on a 30 min cruise to 30fow.

    I also found that on the first one I seemed more in tune with my surroundings. I paid extreme attention to every little detail.

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    Where'd you go noob?

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    A local lake that is about 30 min from my house. I found a spot in that lake that is 100 feet deep. So I stay away from that place. LOL I dove in a little cut that was out of the wind. The water clarity wasn't that great. Approx 5 ft. I was hoping for better.

    Surface temp was 56-57 deg. Below 15 ft was about 47-49.

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    I would stay away from places where you think there might be fishing line, and also submerged trees.

    Are you considering the purchase of a pony bottle?

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    sure am, saving the $ for it now. I've been wanting one of those for a bit now. I think its a good idea no matter what. I'm mostly wanting one for Deep diving.

    I used 1k psi of air. Being my first dive, I dove extremely conservative.

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    I would suggest doing this if you are going to solo dive:

    International Training :: Newsletters :: Solo Course a unique learning opportunity :: English

    I thought there was no reason to do it, but I did and it clearly lays out the planning for how to deal with what can go wrong on any dive, and how to deal with it when you are alone. A pony bottle is part of it.
    PADI Dive Master, Master Diver, and Cavern. SDI Solo Diver. DSAT Tec 50. TDI Trimix.

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    Noob- The SDI site says it is taught at Extreme Sports in Joplin and Frogman SCUBA in KC. John Meuller also teaches it at Captain John's Sports and SCUBA in Oronogo, MO. This is 5 miles or so north of Joplin. I took it from John.

    John is more oriented toward this kind of thing than Extreme. Extreme is focused on OW certs, selling gear and selling trips to Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivingCRNA View Post
    I would suggest doing this if you are going to solo dive:

    International Training :: Newsletters :: Solo Course a unique learning opportunity :: English

    I thought there was no reason to do it, but I did and it clearly lays out the planning for how to deal with what can go wrong on any dive, and how to deal with it when you are alone. A pony bottle is part of it.

    Thanks alot. I searched them and there is one in KC and Joplin. dang. I'll look in IL next. Never hurts to learn something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DivingCRNA View Post
    I would suggest doing this if you are going to solo dive:

    International Training :: Newsletters :: Solo Course a unique learning opportunity :: English

    I thought there was no reason to do it, but I did and it clearly lays out the planning for how to deal with what can go wrong on any dive, and how to deal with it when you are alone. A pony bottle is part of it.

    Thanks alot. I searched them and there is one in KC and Joplin. dang. I'll look in IL next. Never hurts to learn something new.
    Where are you in MO?
    PADI Dive Master, Master Diver, and Cavern. SDI Solo Diver. DSAT Tec 50. TDI Trimix.

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    I'll give a +1,000 to having John do it at Oronogo. He does a good class.

    How many dives do you have now Noob? The minimum is 100 logged dives for solo. But being very comfortable in the water is important too.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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