PADI Self-Reliant Diver

PADI Self-Reliant Diver

Although diving with a buddy is the norm, there are reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving. Learning to carry out dives without a partner can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations.

To Start


How do I get started?


As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Self-Reliant Specialty manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.




What will I do?


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 practise:

  • 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


You will have one and a half days of intense self-reliant training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn how to look after yourself when alone underwater.


You will then put into practice what you have learnt in a combination of skills in three open water training dives.




How long will it take?


The PADI Self Reliant Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Friday evening, you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Self Reliant Specialty manual.  You will also complete a skills assessment with your instructor in our onsite training pool.


The Saturday will cover all the practical sessions during your three open water training dives.


You can arrange with your instructor to continue to gain experience on the Sunday by using the equipment from the programme to do some more diving before handing it back in on the Sunday afternoon. The extra days of equipment is included in the cost of your programme.




What will I need?


The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty.  you must also have a minimum of 100 logged dives.


All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price.


The minimum age for enrolment on this programme is 18 years.


You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.



PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty £175.


A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.



Starting on Friday evening at 6.30pm throughout the year.


Courses starting monthly. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email


Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty you may want to consider doing some more technical diver training, starting with Tec 40.


Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.


Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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The Dive Centre,

Lincoln Road,

Solihull, B27 6PA

0121 706 6628

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