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.
Video showing examples of the type of diving open to you as a Self-Reliant Diver
The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the
Self-Reliant diver course:
This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support
system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.
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:
It is not a course for everyone and certainly not one to be taken lightly so the pre-requisites have been set accordingly. It is intended for experienced divers who wish to develop their skills generally - perhaps in preparation for further advanced training.
The course would be ideally suited to: -
3. 3 open water dives.
Self-Reliant Diving: PADI Worldwide’s Position
Equipment for Self-Reliant Diving
Independent Management of Dive Emergencies
a. Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) with at least 30 metres of line
b. Or a Lift bag with at least 30 metres of line
3. Redundant air sources
a. Pony cylinder
b. Twin cylinders with isolation valve
c. Bailout cylinder
d. Sidemount configuration
a. Two knives/cutting tools as permitted locally
b. Back-up mask (recommended)
c. Slate and pencil
What additional equipment is recommended for the self-reliant diver?
1. Ascent/descent lines with float and flag
2. Navigation tools including compass
3. Back-up cutting tool (knife, scissors, dive tool, etc.)
4. Additional audible or visual signaling devices:
a. Dye markers
b. Signal mirrors
d. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)
5. First Aid and Oxygen Equipment
a. First aid kit
b. Oxygen system with demand valve and nonrebreather mask
c. Pocket mask