RESCUE DIVER

The PADI Rescue Diver course will change the way you dive – in the best possible way. Learn to identify and fix minor issues before they become big problems, gain a lot of confidence and have serious fun along the way.

STEPS

INDEPENDENT STUDY

WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Purchase your course material from our diveshop, you may choose from having the PADI Manual or PADI eLearning. If you have a busy schedule we suggest PADI eLearning to fit easily your scuba lessons during your work or at home. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you. It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 8-12 hours

The water training sessions are serious fun. You’ll practice handling scenarios such as a leg cramp and assisting a tired diver by role-playing with other students and your instructor.

  • Prerequisites: Adventure Diver/Junior Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification) with completed Underwater Navigation Dive; EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months
  • Total time commitment: 4-7 days
  • Minimum age: 12 years or older

THINGS TO CONSIDER

More information:

Rescue Divers certified between the ages of 12-14 earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver) certification.

Course prerequisites: any diver with an Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) Diver certification may enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course, complete Rescue Diver eLearning and participate in Rescue Exercises in confined water.

To participate in open water Rescue Exercises and be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, the student must complete the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and hold a PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification. A PADI (or other qualifying) Advanced Open Water Diver certification also meets this prerequisite.

Certification also requires CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months. If you don’t have this training, you can enroll in an Emergency First Response® (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with your PADI Instructor.

OTHER COSTS AND EQUIPMENT

This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase a course material either PADI Manual or PADI eLearning, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only. There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment.

In addition to basic scuba gear, you will need a dive accident management slate and a rescue breathing mask. Ask your PADI Instructor about purchasing these materials.

If you haven’t invested in a set of personal scuba gear yet, consider doing so before starting the Rescue Diver course. You’ll spend a lot of time taking your equipment on and off and learning self-rescue techniques. Having gear you’re familiar with and comfortable using is beneficial during this course

 

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Avoid disappointment, review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).