PADI – Rescue Diver

Most of the time, divers are taken care of while participating in dives and rely on a guide or professional in case of a problem. For divers in a team or buddy pair, they have to count on each other. This is why a PADI – Rescue Diver certified individual makes an excellent buddy or invaluable team member.

In any case, it is good to know what to do in the event of an emergency. Divers who react quickly and correctly can make all the difference in the outcome of diving emergencies. But the best response to an emergency is to avoid it altogether. Knowing how to recognize and prevent problems before they arise is the best quality of a PADI – Rescue Diver certified diver.

Structure and components of the course

The theory behind prevention, cause, response, and treatment of diving emergencies.

The course covers topics like physiology, psychology, illnesses and symptoms, and logistics just to name a few.

A lot of the course parts relate to or are followed by First Aid and CPR protocols and procedures. This is why this prerequisite is important. It is a good thing to know what to do in the water but we also need to know what to do once are out of it.

Pool sessions with the instructor

During pool sessions, participants will learn to evaluate and react in the best way to divers and some other water-related emergencies. This is important because the water environment techniques used on land need to be applied differently.

The open water dives of the course

Over 4 to 6 open water dives, participants will have to put to use their knowledge and skills to react properly to simulated emergencies. Maximizing resources, where to find them, and putting into application the in-water rescue skills learned in the course are the main goals of the dives. Always remember there is no such thing as a good or bad rescue, only the decision to act or not is.

Course schedule and time

The PADI – Rescue Diver can be completed in 4 days however we strongly recommend 5 days to get the most out of the course. This allows you to get the most out of the course and more time with your instructor. Remember you are paying for education, not just another card. Depending on the selected options for the course the schedule may vary. Our flexibility allows us to create the best course to fit our client’s needs. On days that trips are planned participants must be present at the dive center at 7:30 in the morning if they choose to not use our free shuttle service.

Schedule of the PADI – Rescue Diver course with the bare minimum of 4 days without the PADI - Emergency First Response EFR course

 MorningAfternoon
1st
day
  • Paperwork and account setup with PADI Forms and payments Academic support presentation
  • Self-study
  • Review of the theory if it is completed online before
  • Pool sessions and workshops
  • Study time alone or with the guidance of the instructor
2nd
day
  • Pool sessions and workshops
  • Study time alone or with the guidance of the instructor
  • Pool sessions and workshops
  • Study time alone or with the guidance of the instructor
3rd
day
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • First dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of 2nd dive
  • Second dive
  • Debriefing
  • Another dive can be done if it is the day with 3 dives
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
4th
day
  • Breakfast at the dive center
  • Planning and briefing of the first dive
  • Third dive
  • Debriefing
  • Lunch on the boat
  • Predive planning of the 4th dive
  • Fourth dive
  • Debriefing
  • Logbook entries on the way back or at the dive center
  • Certification of the participant

Prerequisites of the PADI - Rescue Diver course

To take part in the PADI – Rescue Diver course you must be at least 15 years old. It is also required to have a basic diver certification such as the PADI – Open Water Diver or any other equivalent. For those less than 18 years old, they have to obtain signed permission from their parents or legal tutor.

Another requirement for the course is to have a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation CPR certification as the PADI – Emergency First Response or other equivalent certificates. It needs to be valid and completed or refreshed within the past two years.

Requirements at a glance:

  • Be certified as a PADI – Open Water Diver or an equivalent certification delivered by a recognized agency
  • Have a certificate as a CPR and First Aid provider with the PADI – Emergency First Response course or other equivalent certificates
  • Be at least 15 years old

Prerequisites of the PADI - Rescue Diver course

Sunscreen and towel must be the only thing you need to bring with you as our packages and prices include everything you will require.

  • The PADI learning material in electronic format is lifetime available
  • The instructor
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Compass, slates, dive computer, tank, and fills are included as needed
  • A minimum of 4 open water dives depending on the added options of course
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drinks, and of course drinking water.

Prices and packages offered for the course

Packages start with the basic course including 4 dives and spread over 4 days, Packages can be customized with different options from the beginning or later in the course. This flexibility provides a much more individual and personalized learning environment and can accommodate our customer’s busy holiday schedules.

Basic PADI - Rescue Diver course (4 dives in 4 days)11,000

Important things to keep in mind with the PADI - Rescue Diver course

The PADI – Rescue Diver is like no other course. Participants will not learn new techniques or procedures that can be applied to everyday diving. The course is designed to give the diver a toolset and structured thinking to be applied for in-water emergencies. A big part of the course is to provide insight into how to spot and prevent problems or dangerous situations before they occur.

For the course, dive sites are picked on a daily basis by our professionals and cannot be selected by the participant.

Courses will take place no matter the weather or sea conditions as long as it does not create greater risks and safety concerns compared to normal diving activities. It actually good practice in the case of this course as we never what the conditions will be in the event of an emergency situation.

Because of the extra risk and concerns associated with deeper water, the depths of the dives are set at the discretion of the instructor. The logistics of the course can also influence the depth of some emergency ascent exercises.

This course is not a professional public safety course for civilian emergencies. This type of rescue is better left to the experts. This course is meant for recreational diving.

What comes after the PADI - Rescue Diver course

This course is quite complete by itself but there are some good complementary ones such as the PADI – Search & Recovery Diver which teaches you the use of search patterns. There are also the PADI – Underwater Navigator courses from which you learn to navigate underwater like a pro. If you want to take it one step further you can also become a PADI – Divemaster. This course opens doors to work anywhere in the world.

  • See the other PADI – Specialty Courses
  • Start a career in diving as a PADI – Divemaster