Self Reliant Diver

PADI Distinctive Specialties - Taste the Fun & Adventure


2 Full Days


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Min. 100 logged dives

About The 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.

What are the advantages of becoming a self-reliant diver:
  • Ability to dive alone without the need for a buddy.
  • Further master your skills to make you a better and more competent diver.
  • Learn how to react calmly and responsibly in different situations, whether alone or in a group.
  • Develop skills in leadership and independence.
  • Gain a certification which proves your ability to dive alone up to 30m*, and which can be used to secure insurance for solo diving.
  • Learn ways to dive more safely.

Who is this course suited to?
  • Divers who travel alone.
  • Photographers and videographers.
  • Everyone can benefit from becoming a self-reliant diver as it will make them more competent in group situations as well as when diving alone.

What happens on the course?
  • A pre-assessment dive may be necessary to assess the suitability of the student to the Self-Reliant Course. 
  • Short theory session (a presentation by our instructor and teaches you all the aspects of how to plan and carry out your dive without the need for relying on a buddy in emergency situations.)
  • Three further open water dives where you will master various skills, look at different kit configuration, and test the theory you have learnt.

Certification for this course is at the instructor’s discretion.

*divers holding the PADI Deep Diver specialty certification may be certified as a self-reliant diver to 40m.
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