PADI Self Reliant


When the buddy system works, it works well, but many divers are often left in precarious situations by a bad diving partner. The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver programme is to provide exposure to the skills needed to extricate oneself from such a situation and to emphasise the importance of proper dive planning as a means to avoid such situations in the first instance.

What’s Involved
This course has four components: Knowledge development, equipment workshop, skills development and open water dives. The course will cover aspects of dive planning, risk management and equipment for self-reliance. In addition, this course focuses on improving basic diving skills such as buoyancy control and trim. This is a challenging course that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop an awareness of your own limitations.

Course Skills
Out of gas drills, pony bottle deployment, buoyancy and trim, backup mask swap whilst hovering.

Why Do the Course?
This course will appeal to divers wishing to increase their safety awareness whilst diving. The course will also benefit divers wishing to get exposure to technical diving without wanting to commit to a decompression based course.

What’s Included
The course fee covers instructional time, gas fills, certification costs and 4 open water dives ( the first dive covers skills assessment to determine your level of comfort and competence).

What You Need
In addition to standard scuba equipment, students are required to have a spare mask, a delayed
surface marker buoy, a spool/reel with 30m of line and a fully redundant gas supply (e.g. pony

Pre requisites- To enrol in the course, you must be 18 years old and be certified as a PADI AOW Diver (or equivalent). Whilst not required, divers are encouraged to have completed a PADI Rescue Diver course.

    1. Have a minimum 100 logged dives
    2. Be 18 years of age or older
    3. Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Speciality Instructor.

Location - Cromhall, Stoney Cove or NDAC

Cost £250.00. This includes use of Seastyle School equipment (if required, however masks not included) and PADI certification.
The cost does not include your site entry fees

Where can I go from here?
You may also count this Specialty certification toward one of the five required Specialties for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification.