PADI Rescue Diver Course

You’re now a qualified Advanced Open water Diver. You know your way around equipment, and chances are you might even own your own personal set. You look forward to finding strange and wondrous things underwater every time you step off the boat, and you are comfortable with the underwater world. But, will you be able to take control during an emergency, or look out for dangers and prevent your buddies from making fatal mistakes?

Rewarding and fun – best describes the PADI Rescue diver program. Where you’ll expand your knowledge and experience. This takes you to the next level and teaches you – hands on, during life-like simulations – how to anticipate, prevent and manage potential dive accidents. These are the skills that can make all the difference in the unlikely event of an underwater emergency

The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding a diver’s knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. Rescue divers learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. This is why the PADI Rescue Diver rating is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Scuba Instructor).

Course Prerequisites

Be certified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have an equivalent rating.

Be 12 years of age or older

Within the past two years(24months) successfully completed CPR-Primary Care and basic first aid-Secondary Care

Course Content

Perform diver assists and rescues

Manage dive accident situations and render first aid

Conducted together with the Emergency First Response program

CPR and First Aid skills


Diver stress management

Emergency management

Emergency equipment handling

Panicked diver response

In-water rescue breathing protocols, egress (exits), dive accident scenarios and more.

Qualifying Criteria

Knowledge Reviews from PADI Rescue Diver Manual

Successful performance on the Rescue Diver Exam

Successfully demonstrating open water Rescue Exercises 1 – 10

Demonstrate mastery of all Rescue Scenarios 1 – 4

Prepare an emergency assistant plan for the location where the rescue scenario’s conducted

Course Goal

Increase awareness of diver safety.

Develop divers’ abilities to anticipate and prevent problems as well as to manage them.

Teach effective rescue techniques and first aid skills specific to diving.

Prepare divers to manage diver emergency situations.

Expand diver knowledge in preparation for PADI leadership-level training.

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