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PADI Rescue Diver

Broaden your diving skills and begin to look beyond yourself and help others. You will learn how to think like a rescue diver, spot potential problems before they even develop, and deal with unexpected issues in water.  

You'll practice basic rescue skills in the pool and then show you can effectively apply them in open water.


About the Course

Learn How to
  • Help other divers

  • Fix minor gear issues

  • Use an emergency oxygen kit

  • Deal with different scenarios

The PADI Rescue Diver course will change the way you think and dive – in the best possible way. You will learn to identify and fix minor issues before they become big problems, gain a lot of confidence and have serious fun along the way.

Take This Course If You Want to
  • Be a better dive buddy

  • Improve your navigation skills

  • Improve your confidence

  • Enrol in a PADI Divemaster course

How to Become a Rescue Diver



PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit your rescue lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about rescue diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.


Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.


  • eLearning time commitment: 6-8 hours




With Your Instructor

After a brief classroom session to check your knowledge, you'll head to the pool for some serious fun. First, you'll practice handling scenarios such as a controlled lift and assisting a tired diver by role-playing with other students and your instructor. 

  • Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification), EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months and you are medically fit for diving

  • Time commitment: 1 day

  • Minimum age: 12 years or older



With Your Instructor

You will spend one day at an open water dive site, putting into practice the skills you have mastered in the swimming pool, and working in a team on exciting and realistic scenarios which build on the skills you have just learnt.


  • Time commitment: 1 day

  • Time commitment for whole course: 2 days

  • Depth: expect shallow dives, the maximum allowed depth is 12m

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More info

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).


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