You are an experienced diver. You are a Rescue Diver. You probably think there is no further training you need to do to develop your recreational diving skills any further. The PADI Self Reliant Diver course is made for you.
You may say that you never dive alone but most of us do effectively dive solo at one time or another. Ever been diving with a newly qualified diver with limited rescue skills? Ever dived with an underwater photographer? Ever been buddied up with someone you have never met before? You were effectively diving solo but maybe you didn’t even realise it and didn’t plan your dive accordingly.
PADI do recognise that there are occasions when an experienced diver, with good preparation, planning and training, could dive alone. While this course will provide that training PADI are clear that it is NOT a solo diving qualification. The main premise is to ensure that a diver, even when diving with a buddy is able to prevent problems independently and resolve any issues that do arise, themselves.