PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course

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.PADI Logo
  • 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?Self-Reliant Diver Course

  • 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 – $55 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.