Diving-ing Solo? My review of the Self Reliant Diver PADI course

I’m bored of diving.

long time readers may have noticed that I was logging in recent years less time under water. It is not because my interest in diving has wavered, far from it! It’s pretty much the same reason that many divers remain in the dry too long. Work gets busy, bad weather gives a good excuse and life gets in the way. Then that spend more time on Koh Tao has become a major priority for the last year, my long history diving it means I found myself less motivated to go diving fun than I would in a new exotic and exciting destination. Basically, I found myself in a rut of diving.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

in fact, more than four months after I had landed on Koh Tao, I was shocked to realize that I had only been out on two dives of the fun! For shame. It was around then that a friend has Master Divers, a diving school PADI with a reputation for the meeting not only but exceeding the standards of industry , I was curious on the interviews of a course I’d never heard of: Self linking Diver PADI.

during the Self Reliant is a distinctive specialty, a specific type of class developed by PADI instructors who have a special interest in scuba diving and expertise, in which source curriculum and materials are developed independently, so you won’t find them just anywhere.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

diving without a boyfriend? I admit, at first, only it didn’t sound not enough of bananas. But sometimes, experienced divers may want or need to make a solo diving, or be independent of their boyfriend under water. This may be the case for photographers, videographers, rescue divers or diving professionals who cannot necessarily rely on their students to help in an emergency. Don’t worry, you don’t have to abandon your diving crew – the emphasis of the course is placed on autonomy both without or with a buddy.

as someone who has worked as a underwater videographer and obsesses on underwater photography for fun now, I was immediately drawn to the course – and I knew that master divers would be the place to register.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

the previous evening, I started the course, I lay in bed staring at the ceiling and I was wondering what I had myself in. They’re going to let me down in the middle of the ocean off and tell me to fend for myself, were trial-of-fire style? (Spoiler alert: No. Duh).

the next morning, my fears were quickly put to rest because I met my classmates – one, professional underwater photographer originally from the U.S. but living on Koh Tao, the other, a diver avid vacationing in Eastern Europe – and our British Gas instuctor. As a PADI Course Director, gas seemed obscene overqualified to teach us, but embraced the role with gusto. As a Tec diver and passionate enthusiast, gas had a wealth of knowledge on the physiology of diving.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

the next two days consist of class as well as three distributed dives over two days time, master divers although is quick to point out that they will never rush by signing a person if they need of more time to comfortably complete a course that really makes more than a guideline.

place in the classroom, we discussed the potential risks of single diving as well as the value of the redundancy of equipment and the need to rescue gear. We learned how measure air consumption, gas planning, calculate what is called a rate of bag, how to plan independent dives safely and equipment using specialized as reservoirs of Slingshot, SMBS and lift bags. In the water, we repeated exercises on emergency situations, I would never even considered until our responded have been drilled safely in our muscle memory.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

it has been years since I dived without my camera, but during this course, I have no even lack (the underwater photos in this post are two ho – hum fun dives I went in the month before). Honestly, seen how obsessed I am with slam into the sea, which is the highest compliment I could give.

when I was sitting first in class to given vocabulary words gas had scribbled on the Board of Directors – TAHD vs pelagic-2 parameters, say what? -I was wondering if I had gotten over my head. Yet by the time that we have emerged from our third dive, I felt confident and proud.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

which is perfect for this course? Photographers, videographers and diving professionals, absolutely-, but also known just diving enthusiasts looking to increase their skill set under water and those who would be interested to dip their toes into the world of the EC Treaty. To register, you must be certified at the level of Advanced Open Water and connected at least 100 dives. 7, 000 fresh b of course with lifeguards covers everything, including three dives, textbooks, all fees and equipment rental.

reputation whereas divers master of excellence I wasn’t surprised by thorough education and quality, I received it. These guys go here and beyond the book: gas was one of the most competent instructors and experienced that I took a class with, and the shop itself was also well organized and efficient. More specifically, for me, is their strong commitment to protect the fragile ecosystem of Koh Tao. During the initial briefing, they offer a detailed list of recommendations of green travel to the island, they provide on-site recycling, free water bottle refills and the use of their tupperware for dishes to take to the beach on a regular basis and they organize regular cleanings of dive site. They didn’t just slap “ECO” on the label, they are really live. In addition, a small detail, but it stood out – their instructors do not smoke on the boats. As a person with extremely sensitive allergies, I appreciated that.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

I left this course with a new appreciation for autonomy and a greater sense of independence under water. For the most part, I liked the way it made me think, and challenged me to think about diving, planning, configuration of the equipment and civil protection from a new angle. I’ll be popping into the water for a solo dive anytime soon? None. But I will consider diving more conservative profiles and adding a pony to my list of gear tank, and I feel more confident planning dives where I am semi-independent my boyfriend while both of us to focus on our cameras.

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

take a course was the perfect way to get out of a rut of diving: he took less than idea conditions, it helped me to look at a familiar place in a fun new way and he shook me out of my comfort zone reminding me how much I still have to learn. I liked so much, I signed up for two more, so stay tuned!

you are a diver? What was your favorite class?

Self Reliant Diver Course with Master Divers Koh Tao

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