Self Reliant Specialty Instructor
The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and
accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety
while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while
There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the
Self-Reliant diver course:
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:
- to develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary,
- to sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
- 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.
- Be a Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor,
- Have certified at least 25 divers,
- Be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organization,
- Have logged at least 20 self-reliant dives (dives using redundant equipment and following techniques of self-reliance)
One day including one open water dive.
- PADI Specialty Instructor Outline for Self Reliant Diver
- Additional to your other dive gear: backup mask, spool, reel, backup instrument.