Self-Reliant Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to

• be at least 18 years old
• hold the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have a minimum of 100 logged dives
• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)
• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty

from €267

Course Description

The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognise and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course; to develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary, or to sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

Self-Reliant diving introduces additional and/or new equipment that may not be used in normal recreational diving, with redundant gas supply being a key requirement. We offer the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty in two versions; using a normal recreational BCD and bail-out cylinder (with the redundant air source carried/clipped into the BCD rings), or with a technical diving set-up of twin cylinders, manifold, wing & harness. To use the technical diving set-up, you should have previous experience using this equipment, or if you have no experience then you can opt to take the PADI Tec Basics Distinctive Specialty prior to starting this course.

The course requires four dives over two days.

Course Content

The PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Option of ‘Twin Set’, regulators, harness and wing
• Additional redundant/emergency equipment of DMSB, knife, computer and wetnotes
• PADI Self-Reliant course notes
• Certification upon successful completion
And remember that on this course there will never be more than three students per course!

You can book this course from €267 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €353 (2 people sharing)

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Self-Reliant Diver Specialty

There is no manual with the PADI Self -Reliant Diver Specialty, but we will introduce and discuss these topics before undertaking the dives -

Self-Reliant Diver Specialty• Self-Reliant Diving: PADI world wide’s position
• Self-Rescue
• Self-Reliant Diving
• Equipment for Self-Reliant Diving
• Dive Planning

We’ll also look at how you calculate your average gas consumption, which requires the use of some basic mathematical formulas.

With the knowledge development sessions completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are four dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 6-15 mtrs

Self-Reliant Diver SpecialtyOur first dive will be used as a check dive; a chance for you to become familiar with the equipment, and for practicing some of the skills required in the course. In particular, we will look at your skills and comfort level in-water and generally assess dive knowledge. We want to ensure that you are comfortable with your buoyancy control, familiar with the dive equipment and are able to easily access and understand instrument readings (the SPG, dive computer, depth gauge, timing device), and have the ability to perform self-rescue skills. We’ll have time to remediate any small issues that occur during this dive. -

Dive Two – depth 12-18 mtrs

A chance to revisit some skills from your previous courses, and to introduce some new ones. We want to ensure that you have good control of buoyancy, and of course proper trim in the water. We’ll look at switching to our chosen redundant air source, followed by our first SAC rate swim, finishing with a DSMB deployment.

Self-Reliant Diver SpecialtySo after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

 • Conduct a buoyancy check at the surface to determine the correct amount of weight needed for a dive with all standard and specialized equipment
• Perform a relaxed, nonstop 200 metre/yard surface swim with all standard and specialized equipment
• Demonstrate neutral buoyancy while wearing all standard and specialized equipment underwater by hovering for one minute without sculling or kicking
• Demonstrate the ability to switch to a redundant air supply system simulating a regulator free flow, and breathe from the redundant air source for at least two minutes
• Perform a SAC rate swim by swimming for approximately five minutes at a level depth, recording the appropriate information for later calculation
• Deploy a lift bag or DSMB from the bottom.

Dive Three – depth 10-18 mtrs

Self-Reliant Diver SpecialtyWe’re going to bring in a few navigation exercises on this dive, along with additional out-of-air and emergency skills. We’ll also develop our awareness of gas, depth and time by regularly recording this information on a slate/wetnotes. All of these skills are key to diving Self-Reliant.

With our equipment on we will complete our safety pre-dive check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water. We´ll complete these skills

• Demonstrate time, depth and gas supply awareness by writing the depth and cylinder pressure on a slate at 10-minute intervals
• Swim for at least two minutes and cover a distance of at least 18 metres/60 feet without a mask while underwater
• While continuously swimming, simulate an out-of-air emergency and change from your primary air supply to your redundant air supply system within 30 seconds, then breathe from the redundant air supply system for at least two minutes
• Navigate without surfacing to a predetermined location and return to within 6 metres/20 feet of the starting point using a compass and estimated distance measurement
• Navigate to a predetermined location and return to within 15 metres/50 feet of the starting point using natural references and estimated distance measurement
• Perform a SAC rate swim by swimming for approximately five minutes at a level depth, recording the appropriate information for later calculation
• Deploy a lift bag or DSMB from the bottom.

Dive Four – depth 6-14 mtrs

Self-Reliant Diver SpecialtyThe last dive of the course, and chance for you to plan and execute your own Self-Reliant dive. Within this dive you will be shadowed by an instructor, but this is your chance to experience diving solo. You’ll place more emphasis on monitoring and recording your time, depth and gas, and ensure that you stay within your pre-planned limits. At the end of the dive you’ll simulate another out-of-air exercise, and while breathing from your redundant air you’ll deploy a DSMB whist in mid-water.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Demonstrate time, depth and gas supply awareness by writing the depth and time on a slate for each 20 bar of gas consumed
• Demonstrate turn around pressure and time limit awareness when either the pressure or time limit established during the briefing is reached by writing the time (if pressure limit reached first) or the pressure (if time limit reached first) on a slate
• Demonstrate navigational control and return to the exit with no assistance from the instructor
• While continuously swimming, simulate an out-of-air emergency and change from your primary air supply to your redundant air supply system within 30 seconds, then deploy a lift bag or DSMB and ascend to the surface, stopping at 5 metres/15 feet for a three-minute safety stop
• Surface from the dive within the established time frame and with no less than the planned pressure remaining in the cylinder.


Course
Links

What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? The Self-Reliant course draws upon skills from different areas of diving; in particular, underwater navigation, use of ‘Deployed Surface Marker Buoy’ and of course good buoyancy. We feel that valuable and relevant skills, that can greatly enhance you Self-Reliant diving, can be found in our PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty and PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty. Although not necessary for Self-Reliant diving, the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty will allow you to use oxygen enriched breathing gas to extend your dive times. 

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