PADI Self Reliant Diver

The Course

All divers would benefit from this PADI course, whether you want to dive on your own or not. In reality on most dives, at some point, divers unwittingly find themselves some distance away from their buddy so are effectively on their own. Other divers (including photographers) sometimes actively seek to be on their own. The purpose of the Self Reliant Diver specialty 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 during dives.

Course Outline

This 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 (e.g. Air or Nitrox) management

During the course many skills will be learnt including: detailed dive planning, gas management calculations, independent air source management and DSMB deployment.

Course Duration & Schedules

You will need to complete a theory session at New Horizons Dive Centre with your instructor followed by one day of open water training  at Capernwray (near Lancaster).  Open Water dives for this course are currently scheduled on the following dates:

  • September: Saturday 15th

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule. Please contact us to book on to one of the scheduled dates or to arrange an alternative to suit you (small supplements may apply for midweek sessions).



£40 supplement payable if drysuit pool training is required


  • Instruction
  • Redundant/specialised equipment as required
  • Air Fills
  • PADI Certification fees

Not Included

  • Own personal standard Scuba equipment
  • Travel and entry fees (about £17 per day) to the open water site


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent).

Minimum age: 18 years old.

Dives: Minimum 100 logged dives.

Medical: You need to be in good health and reasonably fit, all students will need to fill in a PADI Medical Statement.

In addition, you will need to successfully complete a skills assessment with your instructor.

To Book

Contact us to answer any questions and to confirm availability. Please complete a Course Booking Form (which may be downloaded and returned as an email attachment) and Medical Statement (which must be printed and completed by hand), returning the statement to us by post, in person or as a scanned copy. We will confirm your place on the course once we have received the completed forms.

Please return both forms to us no later than 2 weeks before your preferred course start date.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us or call in to the dive centre.