The PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course lets you identify and and develop self-reliance and independence while diving.  This course is great 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, which in addition makes you stronger in a dive pair or team.

The Self-Reliant Diver course teaches you:

  • 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 backup equipment is needed.
  • Dive planning and gas management.

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course Content

  • Two Day Course
  • Includes a session of theory, and 4 dives, 3 of which are training dives.
  • You’ll learn about Self Rescue, what equipment is required, how to formulate a dive plan, and management of dive emergencies.

When can I Start?

Courses are run on specific trips with prior arrangement. Bookings are Essential.

Course Pricing.

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course – $ 595.00. (based on small group numbers)

Individual training with an Instructor is $895.00

What’s Included?

  • Three Dives at the Solitary Islands Marine Park aboard our Dive Boat.
  • Additional Self-Reliant dive at the Solitary Islands.
  • Knowledge Development and Equipment Set-up Workshop.
  • PADI Self-Reliant Diver Certification E Card.
  • Dive Equipment Hire NOT included – $60 extra per day; if required.


You must be a certified Padi Advanced Open Water Diver, and a minimum of 100 logged dives. You must be over 18 years of age to complete this course.

You must successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a Padi Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.

No Dive medical is required provided you are medically fit, proof of medical fitness is required.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Standard Dive Equipment (BCD, Regulator, weights, mask, fins)
  • Surface marker buoy with at least 30metres of line.
  • Redundant gas source – pony cylinder and regulator. Must be accessible with one hand.
  • Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
  • Redundant surface signalling devices (Both visual and audible)
  • Knife/Cutting tool.
  • Slate & Pencil
  • Back up mask.

Why take the Padi Self-Reliant Diver Course? Take a look at this blog post on PADI’s page.

Where to find us.


Jetty Dive Centre Dive Shop is at 398 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. This is where you begin your experiences with us! All Scuba Dives and Snorkelling must check-in before moving to departure point.


All our boats leave from the Public floating pontoon wharf opposite the “Attitude Burgers “ building.

Jetty dive google maps with markers for priority locations