Self-Reliant Diver Course

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Format: E-Learning + 3 Open Water Dives, Class Size Minimum: 4

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.

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.


- Medically fit to dive
- Log Book with a minimum of 100 logged dives
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
- Minimum 18 yrs old.  

Students must complete a skills assessment with the Self-Reliant instructor, prior to attending the in-water portion of the training.
Students must provide own gear or rent, including DSMB, redundant gas source, dive computer (2), and surface signaling devices; knife, slate/pencil.  Contact us on rental packages available.

Equipment Rentals and Air Fills are NOT included in the course fee