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Self Reliant Diver

Self Reliant Diver Course

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 whilst diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course:

  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
  • To sharpen the skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

The course covers aspects where 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:

To sharpen the skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

  • The value and application of the buddy system.
  • The philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner.
  • Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks.
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
  •   Dive planning and gas management.


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

  • Photographers
  • Videographers,
  • Divemasters
  • Divers considering Divemaster training
  • Potential technical divers

What You Learn

Within the programme you will develop your knowledge in areas including:

  • dive planning
  • risk management
  • equipment considerations for self-reliant diving.

Then within the in-water phases of your PADI Self Reliant Diver Course you will practice and perfect your skills for appropriate out of gas drills, pony bottle deployment, buoyancy control and trim, and backup mask exchange mid-water

The Scuba Gear You Use

As this is aimed at the already experienced diver it is taken as read that you will already be in possession of appropriate active-diver equipment, including full set of dive kit, pony bottle set or stage cylinder, DSMB and reel, spare mask, line cutter or knife, dive computer and audible signaling device.

The PADI Self Reliant Diver Course is a demanding course that you will enjoy, the end result will be that you will obviously be a better diver and you should feel able to look after yourself should the need arise.




Various dates and training weekends plus trips available throughout the year.
Please call us to book your course on 01924 444888




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