Self Reliant Diver
What you learn
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:
- 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.
To qualify for the Self-Reliant Diver course, an individual must:
- Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- Have a minimum 100 logged dives.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.
- Standard dive equipment
- Surface marker buoy, such as a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres/100 feet 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.
- Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
- Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
- Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
- Slate and pencil
- Back-up mask (recommended)
- Classroom session
- 3 Open water dives