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The PADI Rescue Diver program develops your knowledge and skills so you can effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid. The program is an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as a diver. PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) certification is also a prerequisite for all PADI leadership programs.

Why PADI Rescue Diver?
Rewarding and fun – that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level: Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence. 

What do I need to start?
You can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course as a certified Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and participate in the Rescue Diver knowledge development and rescue training sessions, in confined water only, while working on your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

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To participate in the rescue training sessions in open water, and to participate in the open water rescue scenarios, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.

Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)


Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months.  The Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses  and DAN Courses both meet these requirements.

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What will I do?

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies.  During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress

  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems

  • dive first aid

  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques

  • emergency management and equipment

  • panicked diver response

  • underwater problems

  • missing diver procedures

  • surfacing the unconscious diver

  • in-water rescue breathing protocols

  • egress (exits)

  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents

  • dive accident scenarios

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 25

  • Minimum Open Water Training: five sessions over two days

Materials you will need:

  • PADI Rescue Diver Crew-Pak

  • PADI Rescue Diver Video on DVD

Equipment Needed:
You will need the following equipment for the course:

  • Mask, fins and snorkel

  • Wetsuit

  • BCD with low-pressure inflator system

  • Single-hose regulator with alternate-air-source device

  • Submersible pressure gauge

  • Depth gauge

  • Compass

  • Bottom timing device (dive computers preferred)

  • Dive knife or other cutting tool

  • Surface signaling device (whistle)

  • Pencil and underwater slate

  • Pocket mask

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Where can I go from here?
The PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all Professional level PADI courses, beginning with the PADI Divemaster certification. Contact us to enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course and prepare yourself to Go Pro.

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