Self-Reliant Diver Course

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Why train with us?

  • Our retail centre is located on Queen Street in Leslieville, Toronto.

  • Our training pool is only 1km from our retail centre in Leslieville.

  • Our Caledon training pool is located at Southfields Community Centre Pool, 225 Dougall Avenue, Caledon, L7C 3M7

  • We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, offering the full PADI range of courses.

  • Classroom and eLearning options.

  • We have our own in-house TICO certified travel agency, ScubaGetaway.

  • We teach children 10 years and older.

  • Diving courses available year-round.

  • Private courses available.

  • Passionate team of Instructors and Divemasters who love to teach.

Course Description

The PADI Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is possibly the most challenging (but rewarding) specialty course that PADI offers. While diving with a buddy is always recommended, learning to dive in a self-reliant manner is guaranteed to make you a more skilled and responsible diver. In the Self-Reliant course, divers learn about air consumption and planning, carrying and using a redundant air supply, swimming without a mask, navigation, and using a DSMB.

This specialty counts towards the Master Scuba Diver rating.

What You Will Learn

The PADI Self-Reliant Diver specialty course includes an in-class knowledge development component, and three open water training dives. Knowledge development discusses the value of buddy diving, the risks of diving independently, and the considerations for safely diving alone. We’ll also review the planning and equipment before putting this into practice in open water, including formulas for calculating and planning air consumption.

During the training dives, students will practice carrying redundant equipment and it into use during mock emergency scenarios, including breathing from the redundant air source and deploying a DSMB from the bottom. Students will calculate their air consumption rate to plan gas requirements.

Redundant Equipment

To dive in a self-reliant manner, there are special equipment considerations. In addition to the standard diver equipment, students and their instructor will each be diving with:

  • a DSMB and spool with at least 30 meters of line
  • a redundant air source (pony bottle)
  • redundant surface signalling devices
  • redundant dive computer
  • a cutting tool
  • slate and pencil
  • back-up mask (recommended)


By the start of the course, divers must:

  • be a certified Advanced Open Water diver,
  • have a minimum of 100 logged dives,
  • be 18 years of age or older, and
  • successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor


The TSC Self-Reliant Diver course fee includes the academic and dive instruction, and the PADI Self-Reliant Diver specialty certification card upon successful completion.

Rental of the primary air cylinder, pony bottle and weights is also included in the course fee. Rental of a back-up dive computer,  cutting tool and slate is also included.

Equipment Requirements and Rental

Students are required to have their own mask, snorkel and fins. It is also required that students have their own DSMB and spool with at least 30 meters of line.

Rental of a BCD, regulator, primary dive computer and wetsuit are not included in the course fee.