I have been thinking... I totally understand the importance of diving with a buddy. It has been drilled in my head and I have never felt the need to dive alone because I`m very new and have relied heavily on my buddy. As silly as this sounds, I thought it was actually a law to always dive with a buddy. Lately, however, I`ve been thinking that in order for me to get really good at diving I need to get a handful of shallow dives ALONE- no more than 30 feet to begin to master what I`m doing. If I don`t I will always rely on my buddy for navigation, depth, air, etc. Should I be reported to the Dumb Diver`s Network or has anyone headed out to try and get better at what they are doing?