Provided I meet the other PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor requirements, does my public safety diver certification qualify to meet the PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver certification requirement?
A. Yes. In this case, the 20 logged self-reliant dive requirement (see below) could be public safety dives. These dives can be either actual call outs or simulated training exercises with your public safety diver team. Because public safety divers are trained using redundant systems, such as pony bottles, and dive in hazardous situations without a buddy in the water, this meets the intent of having a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or a PADI TecRec diver-level certification.