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PADI's Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course

The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course:

  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.

This course is an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not they are diving with a partner, including:

  • PADI Self-Sufficient Diver CourseThe value and application of the buddy system.
  • The philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner.
  • Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks.
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
  • Dive planning and gas management.

Course Content

  • 3 Open Water Dives
  • Maximum depth 30 meters

Course Prerequisites

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying equivalent.
  • Minimum 100 logged dives (please bring proof).
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.

Required equipment

  • SMB or lift bag with 30 meters of line
  • Redundant gas source – pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access it
    with one hand. (Included)
  • Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer. (Available to rent.)
  • Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
  • Knife/cutting tool
  • Slate and pencil
  • Back-up mask (recommended)

 

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