PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty Course

PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty Course

The PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty program 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.

In many ways, the PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty program 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.

padi self reliant diver specialty

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.


Equipment Requirements: Aside from your regular equipment, Self Reliant Divers require the following gear for redundancy. Your instructor will discuss the efficient ways of rigging and using this equipment throughout your training.

  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and Spool
  • Additional Surface Signaling Devices
  • Two Dive Computers (One Primary / One Redundant)
  • Two Masks (One Primary / One Redundant)
  • Two Lights
  • Two Cutting Devices
  • 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.


Available for Rent: Redundant Masks, Computers and 40 cuft cylinders.



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


Tuition: $449.95 + GST