Sharpen your skills and become a better diver with this PADI specialty course! While diving with a buddy is the norm, there are plenty of reasons for an experienced diver to develop self-reliance and independence while diving. Learning how to dive without a partner and compensate for situations you’d normally handle with a buddy can make you a stronger diver in most dive situations.
With proper training, equipment and the right attitude to accept the risks involved in independent diving, an experience 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 diving techniques, you’ll bolster your skills and confidence when diving alone, in a dive pair or as part of a team.
To take this course you’ll need to be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver who is at least 18 years old, with 100 logged dives. You will also complete a skills assessment with your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor before getting started.
Ready to become a self-reliant diver? Contact our Course Directors for more information and to book your place. Minimum numbers apply.
All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.
Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.
Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive by 2pm.