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Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner.


During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear.


During three scuba dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

PADI Self Reliant Diver

    • You must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation similar to that of a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver)

    • Be 18 years of age or older

    • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives. Current certified PADI Divemasters require a minimum of 60 dives to enrol, but must have a minimum of 100 dives in order to qualify as a PADI Self Reliant Diver.

    • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment

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