The most challenging, yet most rewarding course
Scuba divers nearly always describe their 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 so much more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.
During the 2 day 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 Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive, or Advanced Open Water Divers may enroll in a Rescue Diver course.
Before completing the 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.
What will you learn?
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.
- Self rescue
- Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
- Emergency management and equipment
- Rescuing panicked divers
- Rescuing unresponsive divers
How can you start learning now?
Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.
If you prefer, you can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package).
Simply let us know on booking which method you’d prefer.
What scuba gear will you use?
You’ll use your normal scuba equipment but you will need your own pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation – we have these for sale; if you would like one please let us know on booking so we can reserve one for you.
During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and CPR mannequins. Your Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.