PADI Self Reliant Diver Course - Sunreef

PADI Self Reliant Diver Course


Courses can be scheduled on any day boats are running
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Duration: Runs over 1 full day, excluding independent study

Meeting point: Sunreef at The Wharf, Mooloolaba

Price: $699 including four dives on the Local Reefs (charter fees plus tanks and weights) and full academics,  PADI Self Reliant Diver certification, and credit towards your Master Scuba Diver rating.

If you need to hire gear, or would like to combine this with a Nitrox (Enriched Air) Course,  please see our booking form for more information.

This is a highly specialized course, so it is important that you read the below prerequisites before signing up.

Prerequisite: You will need to hold a PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent. You must also have at least 100 logged dives. Self Reliant divers must be adequate swimmers, feel comfortable in the water, and in good physical health. You must be 18 years or older. You may be required to get a medical clearance before starting the course, please see below to see if this applies to you.

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    What you can expect

    Sunreef’s Self Reliant Diver Course has been designed to teach divers how to develop skills of self-reliance and independence while diving in conjunction with recognition of accepting the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety.

    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.

    Two main reasons why an experience diver should take the PADI Self Reliant Course:

    1 )To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary

    2) To sharpen skills of diving self reliant, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.


    Check in at Sunreef starts at the time outlined on your confirmation email or text. When you arrive, we will see you at our check in desk and ensure that your gear is organized. If you bring your own gear, our crew can carry it down to the dock and set it up for you, or if you prefer you will be free to do it yourself. If we know you are hiring gear, everything will be organized for you prior to check in.

    On departure to the Local Reefs, our trained crew will provide a thorough briefing for all our divers about the sites we will visit and will answer any questions you may have about it. Once the boat exits the calm waters of the Mooloolaba River system, it is around a 15 minute ride to the site. The vessel will be anchored and our crew will help you set up to get in the water.

    Each dive is planned to last for either 50 minutes or will end to have you on the surface with 50 bar (whichever one comes first), while also taking into consideration the skills that need to be completed by all student divers.

    Every dive is different depending on the conditions that day and time.

    Between dives, we will come up for a surface interval where you are provided snacks and water. Feel free to bring along your own snacks if you have allergies or would like more substantial food.

    The divers then return to the shop, where we will have refreshments and hot wedges or chips ready for you while we debrief. While this is happening we will unload the vessel and wash all your gear for you if you so wish.

    Read more about the Sunshine Coast dive sites we may visit.

    Course content

    When diving alone may be applicable, how to plan a dive in that situation, readiness of using a life support system, adaptive training, self reliant diver specific equipment, and responsibilities of a safe self reliant diver. 

    Scuba diving equipment

    Air tanks and weights are included in the course, however please see the below list of the equipment required to complete the course:

    • Mask, snorkel and fins
    • Spare mask
    • BCD* (with whistle and SMB)
    • Redundant surface signaling devices**
    • Regulators
    • Breathing gas monitoring device (SPG)
    • Dive slate and pencil
    • Knife or cutting tool
    • Dive computer or RDP*** (Depth gauge / Bottom timer)
    • Redundant dive computer (Depth gauge / Bottom timer)
    • Wetsuit
    • Redundant gas source / Pony cylinder

    *BCD must have tank mount / separate backpack, and low pressure inflator.

    **Surface signaling devices must be both audible and visual, for either your primary and/or secondary You must use a surface marker buoy (SMB / DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres of line.

    ***If dives are planned using the RDP, the student diver must have a timing device.

    Students please read the following

    To enroll Sunreef’s PADI Self Reliant Diver Course you must be 18 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. 

    Prerequisites: Minimum Advanced Open Water with 100 logged dives

    Required forms: Each diver must complete some paperwork at Sunreef before starting this course with us. 

    Course confirmations: The course dive will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, we will let you know as soon as we can. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the status of the trip and its departure time.

    Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inability to equalize or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. 

    Parking: The Wharf complex has all day parking available, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can sometimes get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. We recommend that you park your vehicle in the Sea Life (Underwater World) car park at The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade.