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Who should take this course?

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) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You will require at least 20 logged dives and the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months to be able to enrol in this course. 

The Rescue Diver course is limited to 2 student divers per course.

This course is a prerequisite for the Dive Master qualification.

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. Topics include:

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

How long is the course?

You work on the knowledge development at your own pace to complete it prior to the in water sessions.

The dives are typically conducted over two full days. However, we can schedule the dives to a time that suits you.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. For hygiene reasons, you will be required to purchase your own pocket mask. During exercises, you work with an oxygen unit, floats, and marker buoys. Your PADI 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.

If you are considering this course, then it is likely you have already invested in your own gear. But don't worry if you haven't, we will provide all the specialist equipment for the course and can even fit you out in a full set of gear. You will need to purchase your own pocket mask, but we can help you with that too.

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