SCUBA DIVING LESSONS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA – TECHNICAL DIVING – PADI SELF RELIANT DIVER – SDI SOLO DIVER
Recreational Scuba Diving traditionally calls for all scuba divers to dive in buddy teams. This practice has historically been used and has its roots in diver safety. With the popularity of Technical Diving in the past few years the concept of scuba diving in buddy teams has lessened. While most scuba divers today still scuba dive in buddy teams, there are times when that is just not practical. As a result Scuba Diving International or SDI came out with a scuba training course called Solo Diver, and the Professional Association of Scuba Instructors or PADI followed with a course called Self Reliant Diver.
At Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy, a PADI 5 Star Dive Center in Northern Virginia, we teach primarily recreational scuba diving. However, there are a number of scuba divers who want to Learn to Scuba Dive Northern Virginia who also want to learn Technical Diving. Consequently, we teach both recreational scuba diving and technical scuba diving.
Recreational Scuba Diving – The Buddy System
As we stated earlier, recreational scuba divers always dive with a buddy or in buddy teams. This is a safety issue. In the event of something out of the ordinary happening a second or even a third scuba diver is present to assist with what ever problem may occur. Another reason for the Buddy System in scuba diving you use a lot of scuba equipment and it is simply easier to get into or out of your scuba diving equipment when another scuba diver is present to assist you.
Technical Diving – Self Reliant Diver and Solo Diver
While most of us prefer to dive with a buddy there are times when it might be impractical to dive with a buddy. Training to dive without a buddy actually goes a long way to making you a better dive buddy. You learn how to deal with problems on your own, which adds to your ability to help other scuba divers. A good examples of this is if a buddy gets separated from his dive buddy being self reliant will allow him or her to safely find the missing buddy or safely terminate the scuba dive. Another example is underwater photography often requires the scuba diver to be separated from his or her buddy in order to be able to photography the fish without scaring them off. Wreck Divers also need to be self reliant since they are often separated from each other when exploring narrow passages of a ship wreck.
Technical Scuba Diving Equipment
In order to scuba dive without a buddy you need to have redundant scuba equipment and be self reliant. To do this you must scuba dive with some Technical Scuba Diving Equipment. In addition to the primary scuba cylinder the diver would carry a redundant second air supply like a pony bottle and second scuba regulator. The list of back up scuba equipment is very extensive and we will cover this in a future segment.
What is Technical Diving or Solo Diving Like – Discover Tec
If you think that you might be interested in trying either technical scuba diving or the SDI Solo Diver or PADI Self Reliant Diver courses but are not sure then you might want to try the Discover Tec Course. The Discover Tec course is a pool experience under the direction of a Technical Diving Instructor who will show you the appropriate technical diving equipment and even allow you to test it in a swimming pool.
Discover Tec, SDI Solo Diver and the PADI Self Reliant Diver courses are interesting and lead you into a whole new realm of underwater adventure. Whether or not you decide to continue your scuba diving training you will appreciate the things you learn in the courses and they will also make you a better recreational scuba diver.