Self Reliant Diver Specialty

This course teaches you the skills and knowledge needed to be a self reliant diver. This will make you a better diver and dive buddy. It covers the benefits of diving with a buddy but gives you the skills and knowledge to plan and manage dives independently when preferred or necessary.

  • This course is intended for experienced divers who want to take their diving to the next level.
  • Great for photographers or videographers who’s cameras tend to be their buddies.
PADI self reliant diver

What You’ll Learn

  • The value and application of the buddy system and the philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a buddy.
  • The potential risks, risk management techniques and the need for equipment redundancy in self-reliant diving.
  • Self-reliant dive skills, dive planning and gas management calculations.

What You’ll Do

  • 1 classroom session
  • 3 open water dives (can be done in 1 day)


Course fee: $300 (taxes, boat charter, and equipment extra)

What You’ll Need


To start your PADI Self Reliant Diver course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an Advanced Open Water Diver certification from PADI or equivalent from another recognized scuba diver training organization
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Minimum 100 logged dives
  • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment
  • Completed Self Reliant Diver Training form & Con-ed Paperwork


In addition to your standard scuba equipment, you will also need

  • Surface marker buoy
  • Reel with minimum 100ft of line
  • Redundant gas source – pony bottle, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration
  • Redundant dive computer
  • Redundant surface signalling devices (audible & visual)
  • Cutting tool
  • Slate and pencil
  • Back up mask

Upcoming Speciaties


Call AquaSub at 905-883-3483 to schedule the dives with your instructor.