Self Reliant Diver

Why not try one of PADI's newest specialty courses - Self-Reliant Diver. The purpose of this program is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course:

  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary
  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team
Self Reliant Diver

Dates

This course is offered on request. Just call us to book your session.

We will offer this course with a minimum of two students.

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Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Before the Program Begins

When you sign up for the course, we'll make arrangements for you to come into the store to pick up your student package which includes your learning material. At that time, we will also review the Required Forms and get you fitted for gear. We encourage you to pick up your student package at least 14 days before your course begins as you will want to complete the learning material prior to your first classroom session.

Class Session

We host the classroom session(s) at the store, prior to your ocean dives. You must have completed your knowledge reviews along with any other required course forms prior to your first classroom session. This is also a good opportunity to purchase any required gear for the course that you may not already own. Finally, if you haven't been fitted for gear or made your rental booking for your dives, we can take care of this during the classroom session. Classroom sessions typically run from 7pm to 9pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Rental Gear Pick Up

While most rental gear is included in our programs, you will still need to make a gear booking to ensure that you get the specific gear and sizes you require for your course. The earlier you make this booking, the easier it is to accommodate your needs. In addition, you will need to pick up your gear, the day prior to your ocean dives. We do not transport gear to the site. We are open on Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Ocean Dives

Finally, you are ready to head to the ocean! You will complete your dives at one of our local training sites. Meet time is typically 8am at the dive site, however, you should confirm this with your instructor at the classroom session.

At the site, you will be assembling and disassembling your own equipment before, after and between dives. Each dive is briefed and debriefed and logged and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. The day is usually wrapping up by late afternoon and we return to the shop each day to complete our log books and change tanks or put away gear.

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Gear

What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • There is no required learning material for this course
You Provide:

Having your own gear is a key component to being an independant diver. Divers are expected to provide their own gear including:

  • mask, snorkel, fins, gloves and boots
  • exposure suit and hood, BCD, regulator set, 2 tank and weights
  • surface marker buoy with a minimum of 100' of line
  • redundant gas supply (pony bottle or sling bottle)
  • dive computer and back up depth gauge/bottom timer (or redundant computer)
  • primary and redundant audible and visual signalling device
  • cutting tool and redundant cutting tool
  • back up mask
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Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites

  • To enrol in the course, you must be 18 years old
  • You will need to have your Advanced Open Water and Drysuit certifications (or have your own wetsuit suitable for conditions) to enroll in this program.

  • and successfully pass a skills assessment to determine your level of comfort and competence.
  • Minimum 100 dives
  • PADI courses are progressive and build on your previous dive experience. For all of our PADI courses, we require that you have recent cold water diving experience to enroll. To determine if you need additonal experience, select the option below which best describes your dive history:

    I have been cold water diving in the last six months.

    Great. You are ready to join us on this course.

    I have been cold water diving but it was between six and twelve months ago.

    No problem! Come out for a Local Fun Dive to brush up on your cold water technique.

    I have been diving in the last year - but it wasn't cold water.

    We can help. Join us for a Discover Local Dive experience to learn about the differences between diving in the warm water and local conditions.

    It's been more than a year since I have been in the water.

    We understand! Come out and get Reactivated!

    I'd like to speak to someone about the best way to get ready for this course.

    That's why we are here. Just call and we will help you choose the right first steps.

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    Forms

    The Fun Part

    Nothing beats the feeling of diving in a unified team, where each diver is not only competent in the their own diving skills but also takes a shared responsibility for the whole team.

    This course will help you feel much more comfortable in the water and give you the confidence to extend your diving to ensure that you get the most out of every dive.

    Your Next Adventure

    If the challenge of diving on your own and being independant excites you, then Technical Diving may be something you want to explore.

    Course Fee: $350