Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem-solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.
- PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course.
- You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
To sign up for the course you will need to:
At the orientation session, we will
- Get you sized for the rental gear you will be using for your pool and open water sessions (gear is not included)
- Get your eLearning Crew Pack (or you may pre-order it when you sign up for the eLearning portion of the course)
- Fill out all the necessary paperwork including the Medical Form
- eLearners will take their PADI Quick Quiz if they have completed the online portions.
- Bring a copy of your CPR and First Aid Card if you are not PADI EFR Certified
To Get Started Right Away….
Complete the PADI eLearning or PADI Touch available online right here. (If you would like a textbook or DVD, you may add those on later)
Course Fee Includes
• 1 Classroom/Orientation Session for eLearners or an Orientation Session & 2 Class Sessions for Book & DVD participants – 2 Hours Each
• 3 Pool Sessions – 2 – 3 Hours Each
• 4 Open Water Training Dives Over 2 Days
• PADI Certification Fees
• A Lifetime Scuba Certification
• College Credit
To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must
• Be 12 years or older
• Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
• Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years
What will you learn?
The PADI 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. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills.
• Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
• Emergency management and equipment
• Rescuing panicked divers
• Rescuing unresponsive divers
You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.
How can you start learning now?
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.
If you prefer, you can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package).
What scuba gear will you use?
You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and the pocket mask from your Rescue Diver Crew Pack to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own