The PADI Rescue Diver course develops the knowledge and skills for individuals to effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid. The course is an important step in expanding a diver’s knowledge and experience. PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) certification is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training.
The PADI Rescue Diver course consists of five academic modules and twelve open water exercises.
The academic topics include:
- Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
- Emergency management and equipment
- Rescuing panicked divers
- Rescuing unresponsive divers
The open water exercises include:
- Tired Diver
- Panicked Diver
- Response from shore, boat or dock(responsive diver)
- Distress Diver Underwater
- Missing Diver
- Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
- Unresponsive Diver at the surface
- Exiting the Unresponsive Diver
- First Aid for Pressure-Related Injuries and Oxygen Administration
- Response from Shore/Boat to Unresponsive(nonbreathing) Diver at the Surface
The Rescue Diver Course is conducted over two to three days and includes 10 Rescue exercises and 2 scenarios.
|Prerequisite Certification||PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification – must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive or qualifying certification|
|Minimum Age||10 years old*|
|Medical Considerations||Must complete medical form. Some conditions require a doctor’s approval before diving.|
- Rescue Diver Manual
- Emergency Management Slate
Rescue Diver Video
Course Preparation – Independent Study
Complete all Knowledge Reviews in the Rescue Diver Manual before class begins.
Complete Rescue Diver eLearning
eLearning Rescue Diver
Rescue Diver for eLearner
Advanced Open Water
DAN DEMP or EFR
PADI O2 Instructor