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This is a 5 dive PADI course.

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.  During three scuba dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.  This course helps student divers develop the skill, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether they are diving with or without a partner, including:

  • The values 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 values of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is need
  • Dive planning and gas management

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