Self-Reliant Diver

Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course

The Self-Reliant Diver course is aimed at people with sufficient experience (>100 dives), who wish to expand their comfort level and acquire skills which would enable them to be self-sufficient withing a dive team, as well as perform dives on their own if circumstances require it. The course includes a theory module and three open water dives. Emphasis is places on the physical and psychological aspects of self-reliant diving, proper dive planning and gas management, as well as use of back-up equipment and emergency handling.

Duration: 1 day

Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water certification and at least 100 logged dives


  • ¥ 28000 - 3 shore dives
  • ¥ 33000 - 3 boat dives (Manza, Keramas, or Minna)
  • ¥ 35000 - 3 boat dives (Itoman or Hedo)
Scope of the course

The self-reliant diver course is not trying to promote solo diving. Instead, it is aimed at people who wish to develop skills that would enable them to become self-sufficient within a dive team. This course is a lot of fun and will open up your eyes to see the challenges and safety aspects of scuba diving from a completely new angle.

Where we will dive

The exact diving locations for the Self-Reliant Diver scuba diving course are subject to the weather conditions and your preference.

We usually do the shore dives at Cape Maeda (Blue Cave), Cape Manza (Onna Village), or Sunabe (Chatan).

If you prefer to do some of the dives from a boat, we can take you to Cape Manza (Onna Village), Kerama Islands, Minna Island, Itoman, or Cape Hedo.

Getting to the dive sites

We offer free pick-up service from hotels in Onna, Yomitan and Chatan. Pick-ups from other locations are also possible upon request. Please inquire.

Please note that the Self-Reliant Diver course can be tiring. In order to minimize travel and give you more time to rest, we would recommend that you find accommodation in Onna Village or Chatan for the duration of the course.

† Gear rental is not included in the price. You can rent a full set for ¥ 4000 for the duration of the course and a partial set at a reduced rate.
‡ It is possible to select a different number of boat dives during a course than the ones indicated above. In that case the price will be adjusted accordingly.
§ When combining dives from a course with fun dives on a single day, every fun dive is charged as follows - ¥ 4000 per boat dive and ¥ 3000 per beach dive.

Why stop here?

Check out our Enriched Air (Nitrox) course. Diving on nitrox (a gas mixture containing a higher percentage of oxygen than regular air) does require special training, yet it is a simple and valuable skill that is worth having for divers of all levels.

You can also choose among several other specialty courses. We highly recommend Deep Diving as it teaches you skills that you cannot pick up informally.