Who should take this course?

Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three scuba dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

PADI Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 100 logged dives can enroll in the Self-Reliant Diver course.

What will you learn?

  • 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.
  • The 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.

During three scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • SAC (surface air consumption) rate swim
  • Life bag and/or DSMB usage from depth
  • Gas and depth management
  • No mask swimming
  • Out-of-air emergency air switching while swimming
  • Navigation


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