PADI Self-Reliant Diver

The above picture shows two sidemount divers.  Sidemount specialty is an excellent pairing with Self-Reliant Diver but the course may be taken in backmount or sidemount.

Who should take this course?

Dive professionals, photographers, models, underwater hunters, divers who don't always have a buddy, divers in limited visibility, and anyone who wants to feel more confident in the water can benefit from Self-Reliant Diver.

What will you learn?

Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three scuba dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.



  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver*
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives

* or hold a qualifying certification from another agency

Dutch Springs September 8, 2018
Lake Phoenix  Upon Request

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