Are you independent? Photographers, videographers and dive guides usually rely on themselves during a dive. This course teaches you all the techniques you can use to be a more efficient diver to rely on yourself first, and therefore to become a stronger and better diver in a buddy team.

This very interesting and useful course consists of a knowledge development session and 3 open water dives.

During these dives, you’ll learn:

– The potential risks of diving alone
– The value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear
– To develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team

Besides your regular scuba gear you’ll need to have or rent:

– Surface marker buoy or lift bag, with at least 30m/100ft of a line (reel or finger spool).
– Redundant gas source – pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or side mount configuration. The redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access it with one hand. You can rent a 30cf pony bottles at VIP Diving for this.
– Two dive computers or a depth gauge & timer plus 1 dive computer OR 2 depth gauges & 2 timers
– Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible). This means an audible signal (whistles, air horns, etc) and a visual signal (safety sausage, lift bag, signal mirror, etc).
– Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
– Slate & pencil
– Recommend: spare / second mask

If you’re at least 18 years old, have earned a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification and at least 100 dives, you can enroll in the PADI self-reliant course.

Count on 1.5 days to complete this course.

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Self-Reliant Diver Specialty – Including 3 dives $279
Stage/Pony bottle $10
Dive computer $15

Prices per person per course. Including PADI certification and training material, not including dive gear and air.

Prices per rental item per day.

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