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 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.
1 Evening Class session
3 Open Water Dives
1. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
2. Have a minimum 100 logged dives.
3. Be 18 years of age or older.
4. Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.
1. Standard dive equipment
2. Surface marker buoy
3. Redundant gas source – pony cylinder
4. Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
5. Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
6. Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
7. Slate and pencil
8. Back-up mask
$30 : Personal Gear
$130: Pony Bottle, 2nd Computer, 2nd Mask, 2nd Light ( 25% OFF if you buy 1-3 items, 30% OFF if you buy all items)
2nd Signaling Device
2 Cutting Tools
Diving is a social activity, so the buddy system is more than a safety rule. Diving with someone you know, and are comfortable with, adds to the fun. Most divers actually enjoy companionship in and out of the water. It is fun to share exciting adventures and experiences with others.
Fundamentally, the buddy system is about dive companionship, something that may not appeal to all personality types. Diving without a partner requires mental discipline as well as the right attitude and equipment. However, no amount of redundant equipment can effectively back up a diver’s brain better than another individual.
Self-rescue is an action that most individuals consider when participating in almost all sporting endeavors. While problem prevention is the key, the ability to rescue oneself from a situation is an important skill. Self-rescue or self-sufficiency (independence) is also necessary for the diver who may be diving alone or who gets separated from a buddy.
There are three areas of preparation which increase your self-rescue abilities:
Physical preparation involves proper health, fitness and diet. Being in good shape prepares you to deal with increased physical demands should the need arise.
Mental preparation involves confidence and a feeling of well-being about the dive. This includes diving within the limits of your training and experience.
Equipment preparation involves familiarity with the use, inspection and general recommended service for dive equipment and emergency equipment.
Redundancy means carrying a backup for any equipment that is either critical for survival or critical to the dive objective’s success.
This allows any individual diver the opportunity to initiate an emergency exit from a life-threatening situation without undue stress and with a minimum of confusion in the event of a major equipment malfunction Think of dive planning in four steps: advance planning, preparation, last-minute preparation and predive planning.
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