Scuba Center has been selling quality scuba diving and snorkeling equipment since 1973. You will find a wide selection of scuba and snorkeling equipment at both our Eagan, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota locations. Scuba Center Eagan
1571 Century Point
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
(651) 681-8434
Scuba Center Minneapolis
5015 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
(612) 925-4818

PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty
The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self Reliant diver course:
  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.

  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty Course | Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota

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. The course is an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on them-selves 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.

Course Fee: $259.00
(Fee and cancellation policy)
Includes: Training fees and certification processing.

Scuba equipment is not included, but may be rented (advanced reservations recommended).

Certification: PADI Self Reliant Diver

Equipment requirements:
  • Standard Dive Equipment (Regulator, BCD, mask, fins, appropriate exposure suit,...)

  • Surface Marker Buoy with at least 100 ft. of line

  • Redundant gas source: Pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access it with one hand.

  • Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.

  • Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible).

  • Knife/cutting tool

  • Slate & pencil

  • Back-up mask (recommended)

What do I need to do before class?:
You need to complete a PADI Student Record File (which includes a Medical Statement). If you answer yes to any of the medical history questions, we must require a signed physicians approval before you participate. You can download and review the Diver Medical | Participant Questionnaire. Please print a copy to take to your physician for their approval and signature if required.
Scuba Diving certification classes offered at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota Schedule: Class session Wed. evening 7 - 10pm in Eagan, Dives and briefing / planning, Sat. & Sun. at Lake Wazee


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Contact our Eagan facility to schedule.

We highly recommend the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course.