Most Scuba Divers who have finished the PADI Rescue Diver Course frequently describe it as the hardest yet most gratifying PADI course they have ever taken.

This, in some sense, might be correct. The PADI Rescue Diver Course will truly push you and is more physically difficult than other PADI courses, but it will ultimately improve your diving.

Requirements to do the Rescue Diver Course


15 years of age

Advanced Open Water Diver PADI

CPR and First Aid (both current over the past 24 months)

Additionally, during the last 24 months, you must have completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training in order to enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver Course. This training can be finished while taking the Rescue Diver course.

Normally, three days are alloted for teaching the PADI Rescue Diver course. You’ll finish the Knowledge Component of the course on the first day in the classroom. The morning of day two will be spent practicing your restricted water techniques. You’ll finish your first two open water dives in the afternoon. You’ll complete your final two open water dives on day three. (Check with your diving shop to confirm this timetable.)

Taking the course

There are three or four phases to the rescue diver course. Sessions in the classroom, the pool, and the open water must be completed. Additionally, you must have passed the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care exams. The rescue course is frequently taken in conjunction with this. A passing score on the final exam is required for this course.

In the Classroom

The rescue diver classroom training focuses on methods you will employ underwater to support divers who require various kinds of assistance. You will also acquire situational awareness so that you can spot an issue before it happens in addition to these strategies. Divers are instructed to put their partner and themselves first until the rescue training. You will start learning how to broaden that emphasis in the rescue course. An essential quality for a proficient scuba diver is awareness.

The lessons in the classroom go more in-depth on the dangers that could come with scuba diving. You will discover more about what will really occur if one of these threats materializes. Most significantly, you will discover what you can perform to lessen the issue once it arises. It’s wise to be aware of the dangers of decompression sickness. But recognizing a circumstance that might lead to DCS and possibly preventing it is preferable.

Pool Session

You will put the abilities you have read about into practice once you are in the water. These abilities include how to handle a terrified or unconscious diver as well as how to start giving first aid. You can run into circumstances like a diver who is panicked on the surface or underwater, as well as a diver who is unconscious on the surface or underwater. 

As a rescue diver, your own protection should come first. If you let yourself fall victim, you can’t help anyone. It takes very significant abilities that must be mastered to safely assist a diver who is approaching them in a panic or taking them to the surface while they are unconscious. 

Open Water Rescue Dives

This is where you’ll face the greatest difficulty on the course. You will put the skills you gained in the pool to use once more in an open water setting. In a rescue emergency, other abilities like search and recovery, setting up lifesaving gear, and knowing what to look for aboard a boat could be helpful. Following this, you will come across actual, simulated rescue situations. There will be a victim, just like at the pool session. 

You’ll finish both surface- and underwater-level rescues. You’ll get some experience dealing with terrified and unconscious divers. You’ll be put to the test in terms of your managerial abilities and overall understanding of why you’re acting the way you are. You’ll have to do a full-circle rescue.

Rescue Diver Written Exam

There will need to be some preparation for the rescue diver exam. Many people can, up until this point, pass their knowledge exams with little preparation. The rescue examination is in-depth. You must study and comprehend the complete rescue manual. The Emergency First Responder Primary Secondary Care is the same. 

The information you study in these lectures will probably be completely new to you if you have no prior knowledge. For the majority of people, reading and comprehending the entire book and spending 2-4 hours studying should be sufficient.

The next level of course you can take is Divemaster course.

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