Becoming a PADI Rescue Diver

PADI Rescue Diver courses can expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and wellbeing of other divers. Although this type of course is generally serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification)
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
  • Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months

What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you’ll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • dive first aid
  • emergency management and equipment
  • swimming and non-swimming assists
  • panicked diver response
  • Underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water artificial respiration
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 25
  • Minimum Open Water Training: five sessions over two days

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