Who is this course for?

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.
PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old so 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. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

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. Topics include:
        •Self rescue
        •Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
        •Emergency management and equipment
        •Rescuing panicked divers
        •Rescuing unresponsive divers

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.

Next Step

Become a safer better buddy, increase your confidence and learn to be able to help in an emergency on land and underwater.


As one of the foremost international CPR and first-aid training companies, Emergency First Response courses give lay responders the confidence to handle medical emergencies – not just diving-related, but in everyday life. Similar to PADI programs, Emergency First Response courses, training materials and educational curricula were developed by experienced instructional designers. Course content is based on patient care standards as published in the consensus view of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). ILCOR is an international standards group representing most of the world's major resuscitation organizations.


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