PADI Self Reliant Diver Speciality

  • PADI Self Reliant Diver Speciality
  • PADI Self Reliant Diver Speciality

PADI Self Reliant Diver Speciality



This can be used to becoming a PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER

With proper training, equipment, and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experienced diver can responsibly engage in dives without a buddy. Self-reliant diving is an adventure activity that is not for everyone but does have its place. If you have the mental discipline and commitment to learn and follow self-reliant driving techniques, you'll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair, or as part of a team.


PADI Advanced Openwater Diver or equivalent
Minimum 18 years or older
Must have 100 logged dives to enroll
Current Dive Medical (conducted within the previous 12 months)

Course overview:

Learning how to compensate for situations you would normally handle with a buddy is the focus of the Self-Reliant Diver course. This includes proper dive planning using air consumption rate calculations, life support system redundancy, and independent management of dive emergencies. During three self-reliant training dives, you'll practice:

  • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation.
  • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations.
  • Swimming without a mask.
  • Navigating to various points, including your exit.
  • Using a DSMB.

The course is divided into 3 segments:

1. Read and complete Self Reliant information given by the instructor
2. Instructor will go over your answers and talk more about your self-reliant setup and equipment
3. 3x Open Water dives going over skills and techniques and gas management skills during the open water dives.

What do I need?

Personal dive gear (Full Kit) plus 3x tanks plus self-reliant setup/sidemount for the three open water dives. Don't worry if you don't have this yet as you can hire it for $100, but for comfort, we recommend you have your own. Speak to us first before purchasing to be sure the equipment is appropriate. Extra tank charge and hire of any other equipment. Please speak to staff about the self-reliant setups or doing your PADI Sidemount course first.

Course cost 

Cost includes all training and reference materials, 3x open water dives with an Auckland Scuba Instructor.

Why should I dive with Auckland Scuba?

  • We want you to enjoy your diving experience so you’ll come to love diving as we do.
  • Our instructors are passionate about diving.
  • We have regular dive trips throughout the year from our own boat (not charters). We believe that once you've learned to dive, you'll want to carry on so why not learn with a centre that actually gets out diving?!
  • We have the best price guarantee. If you find a better price for the same equipment, we'll match it.

How do I book?

To book on a course you can pay through We will then contact you via email or call to confirm your details and process your course. We will confirm the dates for this course with you once we have confirmation.

  • Cancellation / Rescheduling – We do not accept cancellations and no refunds will be issued if you decide to pull out prior to commencement of the course or after the course has started, for any reason.

    However, your course can be rescheduled if you give us at least two weeks’ notice before the start date. Within two weeks of the course start date, a $200 rebooking fee applies. 

  • Additional Terms & Conditions – Additional terms and conditions will be sent to you to sign and return via email. If you have any questions or would like a printout of these please feel free to contact us.

  • Course Student Numbers - Course will be run once there are enough divers to facilitate the training. All material can be done before diving is required. We will communicate with you regarding dates and times. If you need to know more please contact us at
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