Independent (Solo/Self-Reliant) Diver
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Independent (Solo/Self-Reliant) Diver

As divers we should always have a dive buddy. That being said:
•    Buddies wander off and end up too far away to help us in an emergency.
•    Buddies leave and get lost.
•    Divers are left alone and are immediately out of their comfort zone as a result.
•    This is not an acceptable situation so self-reliance is a good alternative

Solo diving is a natural progression for many types of div­ers: including photographers, dive professionals and those who choose to travel alone rather than with a group. The skills taught during this course are naturally applicable in the event of an emergency when diving as part of a buddy team and graduates from an our course make better, more comfortable and more skillful divers.

Dive masters, instructors, public safety divers, and others often find themselves too far from their dive buddy - or out of necessity they are diving alone. The knowledge development through the course is obtained through Scuba Divers International (SDI) dive education system to build on your knowledge. Then you will complete a series of confined and open water dives with our Master Instructor/Instructor Trainer to earn this coveted certification. You will need to set up a SDI training account in addition to your SSI account and will earn this specialty certification with both agencies.


  • Logged at least 75 open water dives totaling 50 hours or more (you might be required to show at least 100 logged dives depending on your experience level).
  • Be certified in Diver Stress and Rescue or equivalent
  • Be certified or provide proof of experience in Night and Limited Visibility, Deep Diving (40m) and Navigation Specialties (hold the specialty or prove 5 logged dives in each area).
  • 18 years of age
Note: a stage bottle (40L) with regulator, redundant gas management tools, DSMB and spare mask are required for the course. Minimum of two students in each class and no more than 4.