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Self Reliant Diver

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.

Who this course is for:

The certified PADI Advanced/ Rescue Diver (or equivalent) who is interested in learning how to dive independent of a dive buddy, or looking to strengthen your buddy team diving skills.


Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 21

  • Certified PADI Advanced Diver

  • Certified PADI Rescue Diver

  • Provide proof of 100 logged dives


What you can expect to learn:

The PADI Self Reliant Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why take the Self Reliant Diver course?

  • History of buddy diving

  • Pros and cons of buddy diving

  • Legal liability assumed by buddy diving

  • The Self Reliant Diver mentality

  • Equipment for self reliant diving

  • Planning and conducting a Self Reliant dive

  • Navigation

  • Management of self reliant diving emergencies


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