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Self Reliant Diver

With proper training, equipment, and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experienced diver can responsibly engage in dives without a buddy. Self-reliant diving is an adventure activity that is not for everyone but does have its place. If you have the mental discipline and commitment to learn and follow self-reliant diving techniques, you'll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair, or as part of a team.

You need to have 100 LOGGED dives, and be an Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old to enroll in the Self-Reliant Diver course. You'll also complete a skills assessment with your Self-Reliant Diver Instructor before diving into the course.

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 practice:

  • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation.
  • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergencies.
  • Swimming without a mask.
  • Navigating to various points, including your exit.
  • Using a DSMB.
A recommended equipment list will be provided on the first night of the program. Besides your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a DSMB, redundant gas source, redundant dive computer, and redundant surface signaling deviceAll students enrolling in this program will be offered a 15% discount on redundant equipment purchases.  Some exclusions may apply.

A minimum of four participants must be registered for this class to be offered.

Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Details: Please be 18, have 100 LOGGED dives, and be an Advanced Open Water Diver. Each diver will have their skills pre-assessed.
Class price does not include the purchase of redundant equipment - 15% discount for participants. Additional learning materials over and above what would normally be expected will be included with this program.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.