"Never dive alone." From the first-time diving, this sentence must be engraved in the mind of each diver. This fundamental rule has been respected. However, with the passage of time and the technological advances, some divers consider it possible to derogate from it.
This type of diving is underestimated by photographers and underwater fishermen. As for beginners, this rule should remain imperative and they should never dive alone.
Many solo diving enthusiasts are unanimous: diving alone is the best way to ensure your independence. The diver is free to choose his route, and when his partner is not available, he can still dive. Diving with someone with less experience than you can certainly be frustrating. The diver feels obliged to be careful and keep an eye on his partner. He can not take full advantage of the moment. Diving with a stranger can sometimes be a real hell.
When you shoot or record images of animals that are easily scared, your chances of success are better than that. Thus, you can have your own rhythm to take up beautiful pictures without worrying that the group leaves without us.
Having the ability to get out of a tricky dive situation and knowing that you can count on yourself when it comes to your own safety are essential. Having acquired this experience, you will be a reliable partner.
Solo diving is an activity that calls for great caution. Never being immune to an accident, you must always carefully inspect your equipment and have emergency equipment. The ocean is a dangerous and sometimes hostile environment and the ocean currents are unpredictable. Having a partner is always reassuring and, in the event of an accident, two brains are better than one. For example, if you find yourself tangled in a rope, a pair helps to help each other and avoid a disaster.
Diving is essentially a group activity, diving in pairs or in groups is more fun. Sharing your discoveries directly with your partners is more exciting than doing it from photos.
In conclusion, all divers should be trained to be autonomous underwater. This would be an additional safety measure in the practice of this sport, which remains at high risk. There are several self-help courses like PADI with Self Reliant Solo Diver, SDI with Solo Diver, and SSI with Independent Diving. Prerequisites vary by federation. With SDI and PADI, you must be 21 years of age or older and be an experienced diver with more than 100 dives. With SSI, courses are accessible from the age of 18 with an open water diver certification. Anyway, the choice to dive alone, in pairs or in groups, belongs to you.