PADI Self-Reliant Diver

Course Type: Diving Pro Tec

Learn to become self reliant. 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:
* Develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
* Sharpen skills of diving self-reliant, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
This course will be especially useful too Traveling divers, group Leaders, Wreck Penetration Divers, Drift Divers, Photographers, Videographers, Divemasters and Instructors. This is not a technical diving course and does not teach you decompression procedures, however this course could be used as a stepping stone to the PADI Tec 40 course.

What will you learn

    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:
  • 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.

Equipment & Materials

  • basic scuba equipment
  • Scuba Accessories: Dive Knife, Compass, Dive Watch/Computer
  • Delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) or lift bag.
  • Reel or finger spool with at least 30m of line.
  • Redundant gas supply (pony cylinder with regulator, isolated doubles, or sidemount configuration.)
  • Redundant dive computer or depth gauge and bottom timer.
  • Redundant surface signaling devices (visual and audible).
  • Underwater writing slate and pencil.
  • Back-up mask


  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • At least 18 years old
  • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by your instructor


At least 3 Ocean Dives