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  • 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.

See below for prerequisites and required equipment to take this course.

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  1. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training 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 Requirement:

  1. Standard dive equipment: BCD, Regulator with octo, depth & pressure gauge, exposure suit, mask, fins, snorkel, etc...
  2. Surface marker buoy, such as a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres/100 feet of line.
  3. Redundant gas source - pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access it with one hand.  Please note, a Spare Air is NOT acceptable as it does not have a sufficient volume of air.
  4. Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
  5. Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
  6. Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
  7. Slate and pencil
  8. Back-up mask (recommended)

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.

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