PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty 

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course in Thailand allows you to experience a completely different philosophy of planning and diving. The PADI System of diver education trains divers to use the buddy system based on its proven benefit to diving, divers and dive safety. Photographers, videographers, dive leaders and others will find the principles of self-reliant diving useful when diving as a group, or otherwise when choosing to dive without a partner. Experienced divers who typically dive with a partner will find the self-reliant diver course bolsters their skill and confidence when diving with unknown partners or those less experienced. Diving without a partner requires mental discipline as well as the right attitude and equipment. 

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 risks.
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed.
  • Dive planning and gas management

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course general information

Number of dives: 3 dives
Duration: 2 days
Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water Diver certificate or equivalent with minimum 100 logged dives
Minimum age: 18 years

The cost of PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty course in Thailand:

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course on Koh Tao ฿9,800 ฿8,800
PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course on Koh Samui ฿11,900 ฿10,550
PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course on Koh Phangan ฿11,500 ฿10,200

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No prepayment or deposit is needed for booking! Just specify the arrival date, the number of participants and save up to 10%. Additional discounts for two or more students.

The cost of PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty course includes:

  • Transfer to Koh Tao and back (for Koh Phangan and Koh Samui islands)
  • Accommodation on Koh Tao for the duration of the course (for Koh Phangan and Koh Samui islands)
  • Training materials on your language
  • International PADI Specialty diver eCard™
  • Equipment rental
  • Tea, coffee, fruits and snacks on the boat
  • Insurance


The practical part of the course will be conducted on Koh Tao as there are no dive sites around Samui and Koh Phangan. For your convenience and to save your time, transfer by high-speed catamaran to Koh Tao island and back, and the cost of your accommodation on Koh Tao for the duration of PADi Specialty course (1 night) is included in the course price.


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PADI Self-Reliant Diver course combined with other courses

PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course is the next logical step of continuing education because you can carry two (or more) cylinders along your sides that greatly enhance diving safety. 
This specialty course will be useful for underwater photographers, who may spend a lot of time hovering in place to get a great composition, so, you might be interested in combination with PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course.