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Padi Self Reliant Diver Course

The Padi Self Reliant course is the only course that gives you the skills and the mindset to dive without a buddy.
It is great course for any diver who has a need or wish to dive without a buddy.
Photographers will find this useful, as will divers who travel without a regular buddy.
This is also a great course if you are considering becoming a dive professional.

  • Study manual.
  • 2 day course.
  • Study session, shallow beach dive plus 2 boat dives.
  • Padi distinctive specialty course, counts towards MSD.
  • Places are always limited. Please plan ahead and book your course well in advance.

Course Content

  • Why we use the buddy system and why Solo Diving is very special and requires a defined skillset.
  • The mental discipline, attitudes and aptitudes to engage in solo diving.
  • Safety equipment including DSMB's, redundant air sources and signalling equipment.
  • The importance of specific dive planning.
  • Management of independent diving problems and emergencies.
  • SAC rate, gas planning and management.
  • We have an information sheet available. Please ask us.

More Detail

Study manual - This covers the risk factors of solo diving, why we solo dive, when we should not solo dive and the extra equipment and dive planning required when going solo.

Theory Session -We look at risk management, equipment requirements, dive planning, gas planning and lots more.

Shallow water dive - Completed from the beach. This starts with a basic assessment of your current skill level and then an introduction to some new skills.

2 boat dives - On dive one we will plan and practise together for a solo dive. On dive two you will plan for and execute an actual solo dive.

What you need to know

  • Mimimum of Advanced Open Water certification required. (Does not need to be "Padi").
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives.
  • You need to have excellent basic dive skills and be willing to follow strict safety protocols.
  • You will need a full set of personal dive gear plus safety equipment for this course.
  • The loan of extra gear, spare gear, plus a Pony bottle with regs is included but you need to own and bring all the gear you normally dive with plus the required safety equipment for this course.

Performance Based Learning

Timing- The course moves at your pace. We spend plenty of time in shallow water to develop new skills.

Standards - This course is as much about developing a safety conscious mindset as it is about new skills.
This course is not just about "passing the skills test", you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct "mindset" for solo diving.
This course takes 2 days to complete. This timing and the costing presumes that you have excellent basic skills. If additional training time is required it can be provided at extra cost.

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