Self-Reliant Diver

For experienced divers who may need to dive alone


Self-Reliant Diver

The PADI Self Reliant Diver Course has been developed to focus on the need for divers to be more self-sufficient for those occasions when a buddy may not be around. It is not a course for everyone and certainly not one to be taken lightly so the pre-requisites have been set accordingly. It is intended for experienced divers who wish to develop their skills generally – perhaps in preparation for further advanced training.

The course would be ideally suited to:

  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Marine Biologists
  • Divemasters
  • Divers considering Divemaster training
  • Potential technical divers

The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver course is to recognise and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. 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.

Pre requisites:

  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
  • Have a minimum 100 logged dives
  • Be 18 years of age or older

Course duration: 1 day


  • Tank & weight hire
  • 3 shore dives
  • Training materials


  • Gear hire $75

Cost: $295

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