Rescue Diver

Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. It's challenging, yet very rewarding.

The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches you techniques to avoid and manage problems and improve your confidence as a diver. During the course you’ll become a better buddy by enhancing your ability to identify potential problems and by practicing dive emergency protocol. The subject is serious but the training is fun – many divers tell us the PADI Rescue Diver course was their favorite!

What do I need to start?

• PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation)

• Proof of 20 logged dives

• Successful completion of the Emergency First Response course (or a sanctioned CPR program) within the past 24 months

• Be certified as an Emergency Oxygen Provider 


What will I do?

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you’ll cover:

  • Self-Rescue Review

  • Tired Diver

  • Panicked Diver

  • Response from Shore, Boat or Dock (Responsive Diver)

  • Distressed Diver Underwater

  • Missing Diver

  • Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver

  • Unresponsive Diver at the Surface

  • Exiting the Unresponsive Diver

  • First Aid for Pressure-related Injuries and Oxygen Administration

  • Response from Shore/Boat to Unresponsive (non-breathing) Diver at the Surface

  • Dive accident scenarios:

       1. Unresponsive Diver Underwater

       2. Unresponsive Diver at the Surface


What will I need?

The following is provided as part of your course:

• PADI Rescue Diver Manual

• PADI Rescue Diver DVD

• Dive equipment

Minimum Age: 15 (12 for Junior Rescue Diver)


Equipment: Full dive equipment included


Duration: 2 half days


Where can I go from here?

As a Rescue diver, you can reach a higher recreational level with just five specialty certifications. With this achievement you will receive the credential of PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Rescue Diver qualification is also a prerequisite for Divemaster, the first step on the road to a professional status, within the PADI family. The PADI Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite for the PADI Public Safety Diver and the Underwater Criminal Investigator courses.