Rescue Diver

Minimum Age: 15 (12 for Junior Rescue Diver)


Equipment: Full dive equipment included


Duration: 2 Days


Why PADI Rescue Diver?

The PADI Rescue Diver Course, will expand your knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level because you’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and wellbeing of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

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


How long will it take?

The course can be completed in 2 half days.


What will I need?

The following is all provided as part of your course:

• PADI Rescue Diver Manual

• PADI Rescue Diver DVD

• Dive equipment


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.