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. The perfect course for dive professionals at every level, photographers or even keen cave/wreck divers, develop your independent skills whilst also becoming a stronger dive partner.

The Training

The PADI Self-Reliant Diver course includes two parts: 

  • Knowledge Development – You will start in the classroom with an experienced instructor who will go through the concepts of redundant equipment along with setting up and rigging a redundant gas supply, gas planning and dealing with an emergency when going solo.
  • Open Water Dives – Over the course of 2 days you will conduct 3 open water dives with an instructor practising the following and more whilst you discover a whole new diving experience:
    • Calculating gas consumption to effectively plan redundant gas supply
    • Responding to simulated emergencies without the assistance of a buddy
    • Dive pre-planning involving your surface support to ensure contingencies are in place
    • Performing basics such as pre-dive checks, streamlining and navigation without the assistance of a buddy


    • Age: 18 years old and above
    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and above, or equivalent, from an alternative agency
    • Minimum of 100 logged dives
    • Good physical health – 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




  • 3 open water dives
  • Transport to and from dive sites
  • 20% offer on Aqualung or APEKS regulators
  • Lifetime membership of the Wreckheads Club

Time commitment

2 days

Combo Deal!

Complete PADI Night Diver Specialty alongside the PADI Self-Reliant Speciality for a total of €595 saving you €65! (Includes all PADI materials, certification, equipment and transport)

Contact us for further details