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.

In our opinion, this course should be considered a must for dive professionals and Photographers. Buddy seperation sometimes happens in UK waters due to visibility, so keep yourself safe, and have appropriate redundant equipment with you.

Core areas covered during this course are:

  • 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 back-up equipment is needed.

  • Dive planning and gas management.

You must have completed 100+ logged dives, be an Advanced open water diver, and be over 18 to take this course.


You must be able to meet dive equipment requirements for this course, which is standard dive equipment plus:

  • Reel (30m and DSMB / Lift Bag)

  • Redundant gas source (pony / twins / sidemount)

  • Redundant depth guage and bottom timer

  • Redundant surface signalling device (audible and visual)

  • Cutting tool

  • Slate and pencil

  • Spare mask (recommended)

Option 1 - Self Reliant Diver - £215

Option 2 - Rent additional equipment - Cost / availability dependent.

Option 3 - Book as an Adventure Dive (One Dive Taster), or as part of your Advanced Open Water (One Dive Taster) for £75

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