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PADI Specialty Courses

Self-Reliant Diver


Learning how to compensate for situations you would normally handle with a buddy is the focus of the Self-Reliant Diver course. This includes proper dive planning using air consumption rate calculations, life support system redundancy, and independent management of dive emergencies. During three self-reliant training dives, you will practice: 

  • Performing an air consumption rate swim to gather information for later calculation

  • Switching to a redundant air supply system during simulated emergency situations 

  • Swimming without a mask 

  • Navigating to various points, including your exit 

  • Using a DSMB (Delayed Surface Marker Buoy)

Required Equipment:

  • DSMB (Delayed Surface Marker Buoy)

  • Redundant Gas Source,

  • Redundant Dive Computer

  • Redundant Surface Signaling Device*

**Rental of any scuba equipment is not included in any MSD Continuing Education course


  • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification

  • Students must be 18 years old or older at the start of the course

  • Minimum of 100 logged dives

  • Skills assessment (by your PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor)


How Do I Start: 

Contact MSD Brainerd - we will reach out to our instructor to schedule the course.

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