• Self Reliant Diver

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.  

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The PADI Self Reliant Diver Course with DIVE KAWARTHA

The Fun Part

The course consists of a theory and knowledge development segment and 3 dives. The theory covers the potential risks of diving alone, the necessary precautions and equipment to take with you to manage these risks and how to plan your dives and mitigate risk.

What You Learn

The course will include 3 dives and will cover:

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

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.
  • Out of Air Emergencies
  • SMB's and Making yourself visible on the surface

The Scuba Gear You Use

  • Standard dive equipment
  • DSMB & Reel with 100' of line.
  • Redundant gas source – pony cylinder, Doubles or Sidemount
  • Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
  • Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
  • Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
  • Slate and pencil
  • Back-up mask


To enroll in the Self Reliant Diver, you must be:

  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Have a minimum 100 logged dives.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact DIVE KAWARTHA.

Your Next Adventure

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • Discover Tec
  • Tec 40

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the DIVE KAWARTHA Team members.

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