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. Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite for all leadership certifications.
To get into the Rescue Diver program, you’ll need to be a certified Advanced Open Water Diver and must be at least 15 years old. The PADI Junior Rescue Diver program is available if you’re between the ages of 12 and 14 and hold a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) rating.
If you don't currently have your PADI Emergency First Response certificate or equivalent Senior First Aid CPR training, you can go ahead with the course but you will not be certified as a Rescue Diver until this has been completed.
The Rescue Diver program covers:
- Self-rescue and diver stress
- Diving first aid
- Emergency management and equipment considerations
- 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.
Rescue Diver Manual, Accident Work Slate, PIC and Certificate.
*Equipment is not supplied but may be hired at a reduced
weekend rate of $50 (Normally $110).