Age +18 YRS
Duration 2 1/2 DAYS
Price €230

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
  • Complete a diver medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health


Two and a half days

  • Knowledge development session
  • Confined water session
  • Three open water dives

Cost € 230.00

  • Includes PADI certification
  • Includes transport to and from the dive site
  • Includes a redundant cylinder
  • Includes Equipment

What is your next step?

Do you want to become a stronger partner in a buddy team, or become more confident in yourself?

Then enrol in this course now at

Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, with five specialities you can join this highly-rated scuba diver level.

Click on the link to study the theoretical backgrounds before arriving in Gozo – anytime, anywhere!
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