JeffNColdWater - 9/12/2017 3:13 PM
I agree with the prior comment. There is a big difference between solo and self-sufficient. And that you’ll need to get a lot more experience before you should even consider it. IMHO you should at least be a rescue diver and have taken the equipment specialty before thinking about going solo. You probably should have upgraded your gear at least once. Most solo divers that I know dive several times a month if not several times a week. But the need to be self-sufficient can arise from just about any ’standard’ dive.

In the last 6 months I’ve had 3 different dives turn into self sufficient (solo) dives in the blink of an eye. The first was when my buddy had an uncontrolled ascent from 60’ in only 10’ of vis. I was in the water solo for 6 minutes before I was able to safely surface. Second was a drift dive where I was separated by the current. I was able to join up with another buddy team but three’s a crowd. Last situation I had a bad buddy that just bolted on me. In that instance I did finish the dive solo because risk of fowling and minimal and the dive was pretty shallow. Not to mention vacations where I’ve just had an under-trained buddy.

So with all that said, clearly I think the self-sufficiency class is well worth the time as is a redundant air source. Sooner or later just about every diver will need to be self reliant. But I simply don’t like to solo dive. 10-12 hours of bottom time in a given year is just not worth the added risk to me. There are numerous boards and clubs out there and buddy’s are easy to find.