For the PADI Self-Reliant diver course, you should be a competent scuba diver with reasonable experience. Most scuba divers prefer to dive with a buddy, but sometimes an experienced diver may wish or need to explore without a partner. The Self-Reliant diver course is ideal for passionate photographers or single travelling divers. The course will improve your self-awareness and how to become more self-reliant.
Who should take this course?
Experienced divers, who wish to dive without a buddy or partner and are up to the challenge of solo diving, both mentally and physically.
Maybe your buddy is not available, or you wish to explore something where your fellow divers have no interest. Whatever the reason, solo diving can be relaxing and enjoyable, but knowing your personal limits is paramount to your safety.
What will you learn?
During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you will:
Learn about the potential risks of diving solo
Use and discuss the value of equipment redundancy and back-up equipment
Practice buoyancy skills to make you a more self-reliant and independent diver
Back-up mask swap whilst hovering
Deploy a DSMB or lifting bag
Looking at equipment and their functionality
Planning a dive, gas management including SAC rate calculations
What scuba gear you will use?
Depending on gear configuration, you will use:
Single-cylinder and redundant air supply
Lifting bag or Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB)
Computer and compass
Back up mask
Reel and line with 30metres or more line
What learning materials do you require?
There is no specific manual for this course, but reading up on background information in preparation for this course is recommended. Information can be found in the following manuals
PADI Adventures in Diving manual
PADI Rescue Diver Manual
PADI Divemaster Manual
The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
PADI Tec Deep Diver Manual
To participate in this course, the:
Participant must be 18 years of age or older
Minimum PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification from another training agency
Have at least 100 logged dives
Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self- Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor