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Rescue Diver

Rescue Divers are well-rounded divers capable of dealing with emergencies, and preventing them from happening.


The 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.

What happens?

The PADI Rescue Diver course takes 3-4 days and you will you learn to prevent, or deal with emergency situations through study and practice. We ensure the practice is realistic and of benefit to you, whilst also guaranteeing it is probably one of the most fun courses you will take. The PADI Rescue Diver program develops your knowledge and skills so you can effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage scuba diving accident situations and apply first aid. The program is an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as a scuba diver.


If you have already started the course, elsewhere, you can still finish it with us. We would reduce the price depending on how much you have done. If you start with us and have to stop we can give you a form to show what you have completed and you can either return within 12 months or continue elsewhere. If you come to us having already started the course then you will already have a manual.

First Aid

You must have a First Aid and CPR certificate that was issued within the last 2 years to take this course. If you do not have a certificate you will need to do the EFR course first.

PADI eLearning

Complete the Rescue Theory through PADI E-Learning and spend more time diving on your holiday! Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course. This means more time diving and less time studying so you can really enjoy your holiday! The fee you pay to PADI for this service includes the cost of the manual and the certification.

Typical Day

Rescue Diver shares air with another diver

Day One Introduction

We meet at the dive centre at 9am. We'll go through some paperwork and a medical form before showing you around the dive centre and introducing your instructor. You'll start with a chat and then a video so you can see what is to come. The video and the manual contain the same material. This is part of the teaching method to help you understand and retain the information. You get two different ways of taking in the information, as well as talking it through with your instructor. You'll go to the water to do some self rescue skills. Later you'll start to do some of the 10 skill sessions.

Rescue Diver checking for breathing

Day Two More skills

You'll do more of the skills, as well as cover the knowledge reviews and watch the remainder of the video. In the water you will learn a few more practical skills and start to bring them together.

Rescue Divers helps a diver from the water

Day Three Scenarios

Once you've finished the theory and have been well drilled with the skills, you will start the scenarios. Here you pretend the challenges presented to you are real and you use what you have learnt to do your best to handle all that is thrown at you.

At the end of the Rescue Diver course you will certainly have more confidence in your abilities. The next step is to either do the Divemaster course or the Master Scuba Diver challenge.

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