Self Reliant Diver

diver and reefWhat 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.

Diver Prerequisite

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.

Equipment

  • 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)

Course

  • Classroom session
  • 3 Open water dives

 

 

 

 

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