PADI Rescue Diver Course

Why should I take the Rescue Diver course? What exactly is a Rescue Diver? I am already trained in First Aid, what more would I need to know? Can anyone take the Rescue Course?

The PADI Rescue Diver course is undoubtedly the most challenging and yet most rewarding course you could embark on. Why? Because you learn to recognise, prevent and manage problems that can occur in the water, gaining much more confidence in your skills as a diver. You will finish the course knowing that if required, you could be counted on to help assist or even save someone else’s life in an emergency. During the course, you learn to become a better diving buddy by practicing scenarios and developing your problem solving skills until they become second nature. The PADI Rescue Diver course is a serious course but you will still have a lot of fun, and your confidence and experience level will increase too.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Rescue Diver course is that your new-found knowledge and abilities to prevent and manage problems will give you an amazing sense of confidence and capability to handle almost anything that could go wrong in a diving emergency.

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 confined water rescue scenarios, you will put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue skills
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • How to respond from shore, boat or dock
  • Dealing with distressed divers underwater
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Missing diver procedures and implementing a search
  • Rescuing & surfacing unresponsive divers
  • Unresponsive diver rescue & exit procedures
  • Oxygen administration

What will you do?

You will undertake at least two Open Water dive rescue scenarios under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor. These might be conducted from the shore, or from a dive boat.

  • The scenarios  may vary, but you should expect at least one rescue involving an unresponsive diver underwater, and also one involving an unresponsive diver on the surface.
  • You should be prepared for the unexpected to occur during the Open Water segment of the course – other scenarios may be thrown in to test your response during an emergency situation


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. This training can be taken during the Rescue Diver course.

What will you get?

Apart from buzzing with confidence in your new rescue skills, you will also receive:

  • The PADI Rescue Diver Certification
  • This is a prerequisite course towards your  PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Another five PADI specialty Diver qualifications & 50 logged dives gains you your MSD status
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Rescue Diver certification

Your Next Adventure

A favourite companion course to the  PADI Rescue Diver course is the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. If you wish you can take these two courses concurrently. Many divers go on to attain the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest non-professional qualification that demonstrates an exceptional level of scuba diving experience.