The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognise and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety, whilst identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while 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; and to sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
If you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old, and have over 100 logged dives, you may take a dive skills preassessment to enrol in the PADI Self-Reliant Diver course.
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. During three training dives you learn:
• 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.
This is a full PADI Speciality, and counts towards your Master Scuba Diver qualification.