The PADI Rescue Diver program develops your knowledge and skills so you can effectively
perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first
aid. The program is an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience
as a diver. PADI Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite for all PADI leadership
What will I do?
During the Rescue Diver course you will learn about how to handle emergencies that
may occur on the surface or underwater. These emergencies range from a simple injury
to serious life-threatening situations. You will then learn and extensively practice
several skills in the pool prior to demonstrating them in open water.
What are the prerequisites?
You can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course as a certified Open Water Diver (or have
a qualifying certification from another training organization) and participate in
the Rescue Diver knowledge development and rescue training sessions, in confined
water only, while working on your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
To participate in the rescue training sessions in open water, and to participate
in the open water rescue scenarios, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open
Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months. The
Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses
meet these requirements.
What materials will I need?
-A swimsuit and the desire to learn something new and adventurous!