Self-Reliant Diver

The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver Speciality Course is to recognise 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 to reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant Diver Speciality course:

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

Course Structure

This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.

This course is an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not the are diving with a partner, including:

  • The value and application of the buddy system
  • The philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner.
  • Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks.
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
  • Diving planning and gas management.

Included in the Course

  • Instructor Tuition
  • Full equipment hire
  • PADI Manual* & Certification on completion
  • Breakfast & Lunch on boat dives
  • Discounted accommodation (if required)

*Please note that the course manual is required by PADI standards for participation in the course.

Prerequisites & Duration

  • PADI Advance Open Water Dive, or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives.
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Duration: 2-3 days


Self-Reliant Speciality THB 11,000

Medical Statement

All students are required to sign a PADI Medical and Liability form prior to starting the course. If the student has any of the medical conditions listed then signed clearance from a doctor, valid for 12 months from date of signature will be required.