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PADI Self-Reliant Diver

Who should take the course?

Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. This course is ideal for dive professionals who may be diving with less experienced buddies or divers in training who don’t yet have the skills needed to help in an emergency. Even divers with no plans for diving alone can learn skills about self-reliance, and ensure they have the skills to deal with an emergency alone, even when diving with a buddy.


Due to the advanced nature of the Self-Reliant Diver course, you must have a minimum of 100 logged dives, be aged at least 18 and hold an Advanced Open Water certification before you can sign up.


“Absolutely chuffed with how this weekend has gone, I’m filled with absolute gratitude towards you and Robin for sharing your knowledge with me and giving me such first-class tuition. Thank you so much!” 


Open Water & Dry Suit Diver Student

What will you learn?

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 open water dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team by being prepared to handle possible emergencies whilst diving.

What scuba kit will you use?

As well as your standard scuba diving kit, being a Self-Reliant diver involves carrying redundant equipment for use in an emergency. You will need a redundant gas supply (pony cylinder, H/Y valve, twinset with isolation valve, side-mount system) as well as a redundant dive computer or back up depth and timing device, a back-up mask, redundant audible and visual signalling devices, a dive knife or cutting tool and a slate or notebook for recording dive information.

If you have any questions about the kit requirements for the Self-Reliant Diver course or would like to discuss if your gear is suitable then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Hidden Depths Scuba School run two weekly pool dives around Bristol, primarily for scuba training, but also open to club members

Want to Join The dive Club?

How to join

Our dive club membership runs annually and is renewed every January.

To sign up for the dive club all you need to do is submit a Club Membership form along with your club membership fee of £45.

Updates are sent out through email, and you will have access to our members-only Facebook group which is ideal for arranging dives with other club members.