Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course

Regular price $495.00 Save $-495.00
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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.

The course cost does not include dive gear. Full gear hire $100.

The Self-Reliant Specialty Diver Course has two parts:

  • Knowledge Development - During a classroom session you will focus on learning how to compensate for situations you would normally handle with a buddy. This includes proper dive planning using air consumption rate calculations, life support system redundancy, and independent management of dive emergencies.
  • 3 x Open Water Dives
    • 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.

The course takes place over 2-3 days.

Courses are scheduled on demand.

DSMB rental is $20. All other equipment rental is free of charge for this course.


  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification
  • 18 years old
  • 100+ logged dives
  • Medical Statement filled out
  • Be able to pass a skills assessment in the pool

First - purchase your course online.  Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack.  This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.

  • On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out.
  • If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You may be required to gain clearance from your doctor before we can take you diving.
  • If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.  You can find the form here.
  • If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.
Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course