Who should take this course?

Take the challenge! The PADI Rescue Diver course trains you to anticipate and respond to a variety of diving-related emergency scenarios. By shifting the focus from your own personal safety to the general well-being of other people in the water, you will gain greater confidence in your own diving abilities whilst developing the mindset necessary to take your first steps towards becoming a PADI master scuba diving. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

You must be at least 12 years old, in good physical health, certified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization), and have successfully completed the Emergency First Response Course (or another sanctioned CPR/First Aid program) within the last 24 months.

PADI Junior Open Water divers aged 12 to 14 with current CPR/First Aid training can enrol in a PADI Junior 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. Topics include:

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

You will also apply these skills in two open water scenarios. The extensive skills practise will have you well prepared to deal with any problems that may come your way during these scenarios!

How can you start learning now?

Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. Easy Dive recommends you enrol on the Rescue Diver eLearning for the theory section, to give more time to the practical elements. 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). Contact Easy Dive to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your rescue exercises and scenarios.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. 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.

Check with Easy Dive to get advice about everything you need for your diving adventures.