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Self-Reliant Diver Specialty


Self-Reliant Diver Specialty

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CAD$ 449.99

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.

With proper training, equipment and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experience 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'll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair or as part of a team.

You need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old and has 100 logged dives to enroll in the Self-Reliant Diver course. You'll also complete a skills assessment with your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor before diving into the course.


Learning how to compensate for situations you would normally handle with a buddy is the focus of the Self-Reliant Diver course. This includes proper dive planning using air consumption rate calculations, life support system redundancy, and independent management of dive emergencies. During three self-reliant training dives, you'll practice:

  1. Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation
  2. Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations
  3. Swimming without a mask
  4. Navigating to various points, including your exit
  5. Using a DSMB

Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a:

  1. DSMB
  2. redundant gas source
  3. redundant dive computer
  4. redundant surface signaling device.

Your PADI Instructor or the Ocean Quest Diveshop staff will suggest other gear as appropriate.

Full payment due at time of booking. No refunds on training courses cancelled or rescheduled by students. If there is a cancellation due to weather conditions, we will try to reschedule the best we can onto another course of the same type, any change in course type may require additional fees.

Sorry, we don't have any dates available at the moment for this course. Contact us and we'll try to accommodate you.

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