PADI Rescue Diver Course

Course Description

The PADI Rescue Diver course is designed to expand your diving skills by teaching you how to manage and prevent diving emergencies. It is often described as the most challenging yet rewarding course, as it builds your confidence and ability to handle stressful situations both above and underwater. This course is essential for divers who want to improve their safety skills and become better dive buddies.

What to Expect

  • Knowledge Development: Start with PADI Rescue Diver course manual and video theory, to understand the fundamentals of rescue diving. This includes emergency management, recognizing diver stress, and handling emergency situations. The eLearning portion typically takes 8-12 hours to complete.

  • Rescue Training Exercises: Practice handling various emergency scenarios in open water. These exercises include self-rescue, assisting tired and panicked divers, dealing with unresponsive divers, and managing equipment problems.

  • Open Water Rescue Scenarios: Engage in realistic rescue scenarios to apply the skills you’ve learned. These scenarios are designed to simulate real-life situations, helping you become a more capable and confident diver.


  • Age: Must be at least 12 years old. Divers aged 12-14 will receive a Junior Rescue Diver certification.

  • Prerequisites: Must have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or equivalent) with the Underwater Navigation dive completed, and Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care training completed within the last 24 months.

  • Health: Participants should be in good health and fit for diving. A medical questionnaire must be completed, and a physician’s approval may be required.


  • Duration: The course typically takes 4-7 days to complete, including eLearning or on side learning and in-water training.

  • Equipment: Basic scuba gear is provided, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive computer, and tank. Please bring personal items like swimwear, sunscreen, and a towel with you.

  • Certification: Upon successful completion, you will earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification, a prerequisite for many advanced courses, including PADI Divemaster.

Who It’s For

The PADI Rescue Diver course is perfect for:

  • Certified Divers: Those who have completed the Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses and want to enhance their skills.

  • Adventure Seekers: Individuals looking to gain confidence and proficiency in handling diving emergencies.

  • Professional Aspirants: Divers aiming to pursue professional-level training, such as PADI Divemaster or Instructor courses.

Next Steps

After earning your Rescue Diver certification, you can continue your diving education with courses like PADI Divemaster, Emergency First Response Instructor, and various specialty courses. These courses will further enhance your diving skills and prepare you for professional-level diving.

Ready to take your diving skills to the next level? Contact us to book your PADI Rescue Diver course and become a more confident and capable diver today!




The PADI Rescue Diver course is perfect for certified divers aged 12+. Learn to handle emergencies and become a better dive buddy.


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