The PADI Rescue Diver course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems and how to manage them if they occur. This was indeed a very challenging course when I completed my PADI Rescue diver course but also lots of fun with having to 'rescue' divers falling left and right off the boat, during the course. This is also the last step before you can 'Go Pro'.

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The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.





What You Learn

• Self rescue

• Recognizing and managing stress in other divers

• Emergency management and equipment

• Rescuing panicked divers

• Rescuing unresponsive divers


The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

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The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.



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 (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

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Your Next Adventure

After completing CPR and first aid and the PADI Rescue Diver course, you should take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course Together, these three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.