Self-Reliant Diver

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Anyone interested in developing the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary, or anyone wanting to sharpen their skills of self-reliance, thereby becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team should consider taking this course. A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, 18 years of age or older, with a minimum of 100 logged dives may enroll in this course. PADI Divemasters may enroll in this course with a minimum of 60 logged dives. Participants must also complete a dive skills assessment.

During three open water dives usually conducted over the course of two days, participants will develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not they are diving with a partner, including the value and application of the buddy system, the potential risks of diving alone and how to manage those risks, the value of equipment redundancy, and dive planning and gas management.

You may want to prepare for this course by familiarizing yourself with relevant information contained in the following PADI materials: Adventures in Diving manual, Rescue Diver manual, Divemaster manual, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, and Manufacturer Instructions for use of Dive Computers, RDP Tables, and the eRDP.

knifemaskYou will need to have or obtain your standard dive equipment, surface marker buoy or lift bag with at least 30 meters/100 feet of line, redundant gas source (pony cylinder, twin cylinder with isolation valve or sidemount configuration – all accessible with one hand), redundant depth gauge and bottom timer (or dive computer), redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible), knife/cutting tool, slate & pencil, and a back-up mask.


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