The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the
Self-Reliant diver course:
• To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
• To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support
system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility. This course is an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers
develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not they are diving with a partner, including:
• The value and application of the buddy system.
• The philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner.
• Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks.
• The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
• Dive planning and gas management.
Prerequisite – to qualify for the Self-Reliant Diver course, an individual must:
1. Be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver.
2. Have a minimum 100 logged dives.
3. Be 18 years of age or older.
1. Standard dive equipment.
2. Surface marker buoy, such as a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres/100 feet of line.
3. Redundant gas source – pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas
supply must be configured so that the diver can access it with one hand.
4. Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
5. Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
6. Knife/cutting tool.
7. Slate and pencil.
8. Back-up mask (recommended)
This class requires a few hours classroom time and three open water dives. This class is conducted over two days minimum. Maximum depth is 100 feet.