Courses and Training

Self-Reliant Diver

Self-Reliant Diver

With proper training, equipment and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experience diver can responsibly engage in dives without a buddy. Self-reliant diving is an adventure activity that is not for everyone, but does have its place. If you have the mental discipline and commitment to learn and follow self-reliant diving techniques, you’ll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair or as part of a team.

Learning how to compensate for situations you would normally handle with a buddy is the focus of the Self-Reliant Diver course. This includes proper dive planning using air consumption rate calculations, life support system redundancy, and independent management of dive emergencies. During three self-reliant training dives, you’ll practice:

  • • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation.
  • • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations.
  • • Swimming without a mask.
  • • Navigating to various points, including your exit.
  • • Using a DSMB.

Other Details

  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Prerequisites: You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and have 100 logged dives to enroll in the Self-Reliant Diver course. You’ll also complete a skills assessment with your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor before diving into the course.

Although diving with a buddy is the norm, there are reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving. Learning to carry out dives without a partner can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations.

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