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:

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

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.

Prerequisites & Requirements 

Age Requirement: 18 years or older
Course Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Diver with minimum 100 logged dives
Time Commitment: Approximately 2 days


Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a DSMB, redundant gas source, redundant dive computer and redundant surface signaling device. Your PADI Instructor or local dive center staff will suggest other gear as appropriate.

Getting Started

Contact Aquaventure, PADI 5Star Dive Center to enroll in the course, and schedule the first class session with your PADI Instructor.

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical Form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).