PADI Self-Reliant Diver
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.
The PADI system is in favor of applying the buddy system, but for some divers the specialty Self Reliant Diver is a godsend. For example, Instructors and Divemasters already technically dive alone, because they do not have a full-fledged buddy who comes to help them in an emergency situation. But also for photographers who often spend a very long time in one place to shoot that perfect picture, and therefore often hard to find a buddy.
That diving alone involves additional risks, speaks for itself. In part you will simply have to accept these risks, but you can also deal with many risks. That is what you learn in the PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty. You will learn how to solve problems that you normally can contact your buddy. There is also a bit deeper into air consumption and so on. So after following this specialty you can plan and do diving on your own, but otherwise you also learn 100% to be able to take care of yourself within the normal buddy system. It is a very special experience to dive alone for the first time and for that reason alone a must!
Diving without a buddy requires experienced divers who have the necessary surrender to properly train and equip themselves, plus the added risks associated with it. These persons must have the required attitude and aptitude to pursue independent diving. These can be: dive professionals such as instructors and divemasters, underwater photographers and cameramen, TecRec divers, experienced divers participating in adventurous dives, where the safety margin becomes smaller, such as when entering wrecks and caves.