"good divers never stop learning"


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:

  • 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.

Motivation for Solo Diver
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 diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course: 

  • 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

Number of Dives and Course Duration

  • The course includes three open water dives, which may be conducted on one day.
  • Topics Covered
    • Explain the concept of self-reliant diving and how it relates to other dive philosophies.
    • Identify who should consider diving without a partner and why.
    • Explain what is meant by a self-reliant diver mentality.

Solo Diver

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Complete the form below and a qualified staff member will contact you directly to discuss your experience and enroll you in our available class schedule.

Store Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11-6; Friday 11-5; Sat 10-4; Closed Sunday, Monday and Major Holidays



Be a certified Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.  Have a minimum 100 logged dives.  Be 18 years of age or older.   Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI SelfReliant Diver Specialty Instructor.

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