Do you often find yourself alone when you dive? Most divers enjoy diving with a buddy as they can share their experiences together and can rely on each other in case of an emergency. The SSI Independent Diving program teaches the practice of self-reliant scuba diving rather than relying on the traditional buddy diving safety system.

What you will learn on your SSI Independent Diving course?

  • Gain knowledge and skills to safely dive independently
  • Learn what additional equipment you need to complete the dives safely (redundancy) 
  • Gain experience in diving with a secondary cylinder (pony bottle)
  • Complete self rescue scenarios and emergency procedures
  • Learn how to safely plan solo dives
  • DSMB deployment

Whilst the SSI Independent Diver course does certify you to dive independently this is not always possible, each and every dive school will have different policies for independent diving and in some countries, local laws may prohibit independent diving regardless of certification.


  • Must have completed the Advanced Adventurer program (or higher) or hold an equivalent rating from a recognised agency
  • Be medically fit and healthy to dive
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Logged no less than 75 open water dives totalling 50 hours or more .
  • Have completed the following Specialty Courses or provide proof of experience by showing a minimum 5 logged dives in the following Specialty areas: Navigation, Night/Limited Visibility Diving and Deep Diving . 
  • Be certified in Diver Stress and Rescue or equivalent

Cost $600

  • All standard dive gear including pony bottle
  • Online training 
  • Academic/dive planning session
  • Practical application
  • Use of multi gas dive computers
  • E-card
  • Light refreshments during your course
  • Dive club membership 
  • Student rates on new equipment purchases from us

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