PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty

Course Overview

The PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty course is designed to teach you the skills and knowledge to handle a variety of underwater problems independently. Although some may promote this as a “solo diving” course, the skills you learn in the PADI Self Reliant Specialty program can be applied to all of your dives with or without a buddy.

The Ocean Quest Difference…

In many ways, the PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty course is a cross over course from recreational to technical diving as there are a lot of technical diving elements in the program. Ocean Quest has tremendous experience with both styles of diving and therefore incorporate many of the technical elements following the same protocols that would be used by experienced technical divers.

The Ocean Quest Self Reliant Diver Specialty will include many additional elements beyond the basic program. We have created our own custom knowledge presentation as add specific details to the open water dives to make them more valuable.

Basic Course Objectives:

  • 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.


  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • 18 Years Old
  • 100 Logged Dives

Medical Statement

All students must complete a Medical Statement prior to any in water activities. Please consult Ocean Quest if you answer “yes” to any of the medical questions as you may need to see a physician prior to the course start date.

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Price Includes:

  • 1 x Self Reliant Theory Session including custom Ocean Quest theory
  • 3 x Ocean Dives

What’s Needed?

  • All Standard Equipment including Drysuit
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and Spool
  • Additional Surface Signaling Devices (Whistle)
  • Two Masks (One Primary / One Redundant)
  • Two Lights (One Primary / One Redundant)
  • Two Cutting Devices (Recommended configuration – One Knife and One Line Cutter)
  • Two Dive Computers (One Primary / One Redundant) – Computer Rental available for $30
  • Redundant Gas Source – Although there are many options for redundant gas sources, for single tank divers, we strongly recommend using a 40 cuft cylinder. Ocean Quest instructors are experts in the use of specialized equipment such as carrying a 40 cuft redundant cylinder. We will teach you the same protocols used by experienced technical divers. – 40 Cuft Cylinder with Regulator Rental available for $50
  • Computer and 40 Cuft Cylinder/Reg Rental can be purchased as an Add-On through our On-Line Course Registration

Price is based on minimum of two participants. Private training is available for an additional $300. You can upgrade to private training on the course registration page.

Course Price: $499.99 + GST

On-Demand Course

This program is available on an individual basis. Register for your training online and pick "I would like to schedule my own class start date". Weekend and weekday schedules available. Once we receive your registration, Ocean Quest will be in touch to confirm that we can accommodate your training request and officially book your course.

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