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Self-Reliant Diver


Self-Reliant Diver

Stock No. SRD
US$ 250.00
Learning to carry out dives without a partner can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations. Although diving with a buddy is the norm, there are reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving. 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. A skills assessment with your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor at Sugar Land Dive Center before diving into the course will make it more specific to your needs.

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.

Our price includes: ·

  • Academic Material
  • One shore dive for skills assessment
  • Three Self Reliant Dives
  • Rental equipment including pony bottle. If you are a certified Sidemount diver you have the option of completing the course using a sidemount configuration.


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. Sidemont certification is highly recomended.

Required Equipment:

  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres/100 feet of line.
  • Redundant gas source – pony bottle, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount. Redundant gas supply must be configured so it can be accessed with one hand. Sidemount is highly recommended.
  • Redundant dive computer or depth gauge and bottom timer.
  • Redundant signaling devices, both visual and audible.
  • Knife/cutting tool.
  • Slate and pencil
  • Back-up mask

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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