PADI Self-Reliant Diver

Although diving with a buddy is the norm, there are reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving.
Learning to carry out dives without a partner can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations.

What It's All About

With proper training, equipment, and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experienced diver can responsibly engage in dives without a buddy. Self-reliant diving is an adventure activity that is not for everyone but does have its place. If you have the mental discipline and commitment to learn and follow self-reliant diving techniques, you will bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a buddy team or as part of a team.

About the course

  • Learning about the additional equipment and redundancy required for this kind of diving
  • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation
  • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations
  • Navigating to various points, including your exit
  • Using a DSMB, and other specialised equipment
  • All required equipment is supplied
  • Three open water dives to learn to dive alone


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have completed the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or have an equivalent certification from another training agency
  • At least 100 dives
  • To complete the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course you require a minimum of 3 to 4 days – we will discuss the schedule when we contact you

Getting Started

Contact us to arrange your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Course here at Coral Bay Divers and we’ll sign you up