Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a continuing education level scuba diving course which offers an international diving certification on completion. Rescue Divers are trained in self-rescue techniques, dive accident prevention and how to assist other divers in emergency situations.


In order to enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you need to be at least 15 years old and a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent), or a PADI Adventure Diver who has completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive.

Course Structure

The PADI Rescue Diver course is made up of three sections – knowledge development, confined water training and open water training.

During the knowledge development section of the course, you will work through all the chapters in the PADI Rescue Diver manual. Once you have completed the knowledge reviews, you will participate in a review session for each chapter with your instructor and discuss any questions you may have. Upon completing the manual, you will write a final exam, which will test your knowledge on important concepts you have learned through the course. This exam is multiple choice. You will also create an emergency assistance plan for the location for your open water training.

The confined water training will take part in a swimming pool environment. You will be required to have your own mask, fins, snorkel and CPR pocket mask for this. During the confined water training, you will be introduced to various skills that you will use throughout the course and possibly later during your diving adventures, if the situation requires it.

When you undergo the open water training, you will complete the same skills you learned during your confined water training, however this time, they will be combined into rescue scenarios. Although the Rescue Diver course is a bit of a challenge, it is also one of the most enriching and enjoyable PADI courses available!

Once you have you completed all three sections of the Rescue Diver course, you will receive a temporary Rescue Diver certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified. 

Required Equipment

You will be required to have your own mask, fins, snorkel, dive knife/tool, compass, CPR pocket mask and dive computer (or timing device and eRDPML/RDP Table) for the duration of the course. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skin suit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.

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