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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.

PADI Rescue Diver is one of the most rewarding and challenging continuing education scuba courses you can sign-up for. This scuba course teaches you to recognize and respond to dive emergencies, accident management, how to administer emergency oxygen and even fix common equipment problems — all while putting your physical strength to the test. Don’t let the name of the course deter you, PADI Rescue Diver training is fun! You will learn to recognize the signs of diver stress and to always be prepared to help a fellow dive buddy in need — whether it be at the surface or underwater.

At first glance, the coursework may seem intimidating but upon completion of this specialty dive course, you will have the tools to become a more confident scuba diver and dive buddy. You do not need to be seeking a professional certification to take the Rescue Diver course. In fact, many divers sign-up to learn to become more self-aware while diving. However, if you plan to go pro, this course will be a requirement on your journey to PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor level.  

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 digital manual

• PADI Rescue Diver video

• 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.

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