IN DEEP: Solo dives growing in popularity
FOLLOWING a recent incident where a diver was found safe and well after drifting at sea all night, many people asked why was he diving solo.
It wasn't the fact that he was diving solo that got him into a perilous position, it was the fact he left no one on his boat to come to his rescue.
Solo diving courses are becoming more and more popular around the world as many experienced divers discover the benefits.
To enrol in a solo diving course a diver needs to have logged at least 100 dives and be a minimum 21 years of age.
It is a very challenging course, requiring the diver to carry a lot more gear than if he was diving with a "buddy”.
Many professional underwater photographers like to dive solo so they don't have to worry about their diving buddy.
In reality, dive instructors are effectively diving solo when they lead a group of novice divers underwater.
The objective of the solo diving course is to make the diver self-reliant. Many experienced divers would prefer diving solo rather than be paired with a potentially unreliable, incompetent and unsafe diver.
Diving solo is no longer a taboo subject.