Self-reliant, or solo, diving is a growing trend in diving. We believe in the buddy system at Pure Diving Aruba, but we understand that it is not always ideal for the experienced diver.
Pure Diving Aruba is the first dive center on Aruba to allow divers with the appropriate certification to dive without a buddy. This doesn’t necessarily mean we allow people to dive absolutely alone, but it gives photographers and experienced divers the option to split of from the group to dive a different dive plan.
YOUR (AND OUR) SAFETY FIRST
There are some strict conditions and prerequisites before a diver becomes eligible to dive solo with Pure Diving Aruba:
- You have PADI Self-Reliant Diver, SDI Solo Diver or equivalent certification. We teach the SDI Solo Diver course at Pure Diving Aruba.
- You are willing to submit to a pre-dive interview with one of our solo diving instructors.
- You meet at least the minimum gear and redundancy requirements as described in the course manuals, plus any gear the staff at Pure Diving Aruba considers necessary for the particular dive. Most of this gear, such as ponies, back-up knives and computers, is for rent.
- Your written dive plan will be handed in to, and agreed upon by, the boat captain before the dive.
- You stay within your dive plan and be willing to show your computer after the dive for verification, if requested.
- You have your own DAN (or equivalent) divers insurance.
- Your first day of diving with Pure Diving Aruba will not contain any solo dives.