PADI 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.

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.

To dive without a partner requires diligence, experience (such as 100+ buddy-accompanied dives), and the ability to plan for and apply the specialized procedures and equipment needed to engage in the activity. When divers choose to dive alone within this description, PADI sees a place for it. PADI’s Self-Reliant Diver course provides training for experienced divers in the use of redundant equipment and specialized equipment configurations as well as specific dive planning, and management of diving problems and emergencies that can occur when diving alone.

Responsible self-reliant diving is diving alone with the correct mental discipline, attitude and equipment. 

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 riskis
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
  • Dive planning and gas management


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


Equipment Requirments :

  1. Standard dive equipment ( BCD, Regulator, weights, mask, fins )
  2. Redundant gas source
  3. Surface marker buoy with at least 100ft of line
  4. Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer
  5. Redundant surface signaling devices ( both visual and audible)
  6. Knife/cutting tool
  7. Slate and pencil


Course Schedule:

Day1 - AM: Knowledge Development in the class room

            PM: Skill assessment ,  pool

Day2 - 3 Training Dives  (boat)


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