PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course
Red Hook Dive Center is the first and only dive center in St. Thomas that offers PADI's new "Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course".
The PADI Self Reliant Diver Course has been developed to focus on the need for divers to be more self sufficient for those occasions when a buddy may not be around. It is not a course for everyone and certainly not one to be taken lightly so the pre-requisites have been set accordingly. It is intended for experienced divers who wish to develop their skills generally - perhaps in preparation for further advanced training.
The course would be ideally suited to
- Marine biologists
- Divers considering Divemaster training
- Potential technical divers
It requires experienced scuba divers willing to make the necessary commitment to train and equip themselves to accept the added risks involved. That is to say, it requires someone with the attitude and aptitude to do it responsibly. This is true in other adventure sport activities such as rock climbing.
- To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
- To sahrpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.
This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.
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 riskis
- The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
- Dive planning and gas management
- Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another traning organization
- Have a minimum 100 logged dives
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor
For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire (pdf file) that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you're ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you're fit to dive.
- Standard dive equipment ( BCD, Regulator, weights, mask, fins )
- Redundant gas source
- Surface marker buoy with at least 100ft of line
- Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer
- Redundant surface signaling devices ( both visual and audible)
- Knife/cutting tool
- Slate and pencil
1) For single dives within the no decompression limits, a minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
2) For repetitive dives and/or multi-day dives within the no decompression limits, a minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.