Experience the freedom and independence that all divers can now enjoy after completing the Self Reliant Diver program.
When the buddy system works, it works well, but many divers are often left in challenging situations when diving with buddies either taking photographs or just with a bad diving partner. The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver programme is to provide exposure to the skills needed to look after oneself in such a situation, with emphasis on the importance of proper dive planning as a means to avoid these situations in the first instance. The course will also benefit divers wishing to get exposure to technical diving without wanting to commit to a decompression based course.
What do I need to start?
It is not a course for everyone and certainly not one to be taken lightly so the prerequisites have been set accordingly.
18 years or over
PADI Advanced OW or equivalent
a minimum of 100 logged dives
pass a skills assessment.
What will I do?
Once you have met the prerequisites you will then complete a classroom based knowledge development session/equipment workshop, followed by pool drills culminating in a series of three open water training dives. You will develop your knowledge in areas including dive planning, risk management and equipment considerations for self reliant diving. Within the open water phases of your PADI Self Reliant Diver Course at Stoney Cove you will practice and perfect your abilities in areas including gas management, solo out of gas drills, pony bottle deployment, buoyancy control and trim, SMB usage and backup mask exchange mid-water.
As this is aimed at the already experienced diver it is taken as read that you will already be in possession of appropriate active-diver equipment, including full kit, pony cylinder set or stage cylinder, DSMB and reel, spare mask, line cutter or knife, 2 x dive computers and an audible signaling device.
Planning, preparation, redundant equipment and regular skills practice (during this course and beyond it when you are qualified and out there on your own) - all become routine for self reliant divers.
You will learn to dive with back-up (redundant) gas systems, and practice bail-out drills for out of gas emergencies.
You will build depth-time-gas awareness through repeated monitoring, and you will constantly be committed to self reliance and safety.