If you would like to know whether you can you scuba dive by yourself. Plus whether or not you need a dive buddy to go scuba diving, this article is for you.
Whilst it's possible to dive by yourself, it's not recommended safe diving practice. It's also not illegal to dive alone and there's no 'scuba police' to stop you from diving by yourself. When you get your scuba certification, you'll learn that one of the main scuba safety rules is to never dive alone. You will learn about the dangers of diving alone and that all diver training is taught on the buddy system.
Is it illegal to scuba dive alone?
Technically the answer is yes you can you scuba dive by alone, as it's not illegal. But just because you can, doesn't mean to say you should.
You could ask the question "can you jump off a building by yourself?" The answer would be yes, but then you'd be foolish to do such a thing. The same applies to scuba diving.
Whilst it's not illegal to dive alone, you'll learn through your training to become a scuba diver about the dangers of diving alone.
All diver training is taught on the buddy system. This means that divers should always dive in pairs for safety. This applies whether you get certified to dive with PADI, BSAC, NAUI, SSI or with any other scuba diving organisation.
Can you dive alone with PADI Open Water?
PADI diving instruction teaches you to never dive alone.
When you qualify as a PADI Open Water diver, you'll be taught the dive buddy system. This means that you are always pair-up with another diver on a dive.
This means that you are there to look after your buddy and watch out for them and they do the same for you. If you were to run out of air, they are there to give you their alternative air source or 'Octopus' air supply, and visa versus.
More Reading: How deep can you dive with an open water certification?
How old do you have to be to scuba dive alone ?
There is no age limit either to how old do you have to be to scuba dive alone or not. Buddy diving applies to divers or all ages, both young and old and to beginners or experienced divers alike.
To enrol on a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. But even at this young age, these junior divers will be taught the safe buddy diving system too.
How to gain further dives as a newly certified open water diver
If you're a newly certified open water diver. But also if you think you have no means to gain further dives, unless you dive alone, please think again.
If you live somewhere cold like the UK, Canada or in regions of America where the waters are cold, save your money to go on a dive trip somewhere warm and sunny.
Wherever you live in the world, your best bet to gain more dives is to book yourself on a liveaboard trip.
On a liveaboard you'll meet other divers. You'll be buddied up with other single divers and you'll do more dives per day than any other dive trip. If you don't have a dive buddy, and if you'd like to get more bottom time, go on a liveaboard dive trip for beginners.
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