Rescue Diver – PADI


Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

• Self rescue
• Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
• Emergency management and equipment
• Rescuing panicked divers
• Rescuing unresponsive divers

The PADI Rescue Diver course is one of the most popular and enjoyable courses we offer. The aim of the PADI Rescue Diver course is to make you a better and safer, diver and buddy. The emphasis is on avoiding problems, but we also practise the correct response to a variety of possible scuba diving emergencies.

• Personal PADI Rescue Diver manual and dive slate
• 5 theory sessions
• 4 or 5 pool sessions where you complete 10 scuba diving rescue exercises followed by 1 day completing 4 PADI Open Water Rescue scenarios. Alternatively the course can take place over one weekend.
• Complete standard PADI paperwork and medical statement
• Read the PADI Rescue Diver manual
• Watch the PADI Rescue Diver DVD
• Complete Knowledge Reviews
• Certification as a PADI Rescue Diver
• This is valid for life but regular practise sessions are highly recommended to maintain your skills. You are welcome to join us on future PADI Rescue Diver courses as a way of maintaining your skills at no extra cost.
• The next level is the first professional level of the PADI system of diver education, PADI Divemaster. Alternatively you can go down the non professional route and become a PADI Master Scuba Diver.
• Proof of PADI Junior or full PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification
• Successful completion of a CPR and first aid course within the past two years. We offer the Emergency First Response course which fulfils this requirement
3 – 4 days or alternatively one weekend.

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