Independant Diver
Independant Diver

Independant Diver

Interested in going solo?

Although most scuba dives are enjoyed with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to complete dives without a partner.

This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.

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)
  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team



  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Hold at least Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent) 
  • Have logged at least 100 dives 

The SSI Independant Diver course is an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers develop the skills, knowledge 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 philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner 
  • Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks 
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed 
  • Dive planning and gas management 


  • SSI Online Learning Materials
  • Classroom session 
  • 3 x Ocean Shore Dives 
  • Tanks & Weights 
  • Pony Bottle 

Not Included/Required: 

  • Transport 
  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, Regulators, Computer, Wetsuit) – can be hired at an additional cost 
  • Personal Snorkelling Equipment (Mask, Snorkel, Open-Heeled Fins & Boots) 
  • Swimwear & Towel 
  • Lunch 
  • Water & Snacks 
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB)* 
  • 30m Finger Spool* 
  • Redundant Depth Gauge + Bottom Timer (or 2nd Computer)* 
  • Redundant Surface Signalling Devices (both visual & audible – e.g. Safety Sausage & Whistle)* - included with our hire BCDs 
  • Knife/Cutting Tool* 
  • Slate & Pencil* 
  • Back-Up Mask* 

*Items can be purchased in advance in-store