The Self-Sufficient Diver specialty course familiarizes divers with the skills & knowledge of diving in a team while remaining self-sufficient. The intent is to allow students to manage risk by adopting a self-sufficient mentality. The course is an introduction to diving within recreational limits with a greater degree of redundancy and extended knowledge of dive planning and risk management.
- Independent redundant air supply: Recommended: Pony bottle with SPG.
- Spare mask.
- Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and spool/reel with at least 100ft of line.
- Other appropriate redundant equipment, discuss with the instructor. (Means of controlling buoyancy and means of measuring depth and time.)
Prerequisites: To qualify for the Self-Sufficient course, an individual must:
- Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization similar to that of a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver).
- It is strongly recommended that students are certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent.
- Successfully complete diving skills assessment, including but not limited to:
- Mask removal, replacement & clearing
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Hovering (not less then 30 sec)
- Alternate Air Ascent
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
- Remove and replace BCD Underwater
- Remove and replace BCD on the surface
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- 100 logged dives (Instructors discretion)
Minimum 2 days.
Students are responsible for:
- Books and certification fees
- All tanks and fills needed for training, to include the instructor’s
- Any cost associated with the dives, to include any cost for the instructor