Rescue Diver

How do you take a subject like accident prevention and management and turn it into fun? Call it the PADI Rescue Diver program!

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 (or equivalent) certification is also a prerequisite for all PADI leadership programs.

Who should take this course?

To get into the PADI Rescue Diver program, you’ll need to be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) 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.

You’ll also need to have successfully completed the Emergency First Responder course (First Aid) program or a sanctioned program in CPR within the past three years.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver program covers:

Self-rescue and diver stress
Diving first aid
Emergency management and equipment consideration
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


All of these topics are covered in the PADI Rescue Diver Manual and Rescue Diver video.

After successfully completing the program, you’ll receive the internationally recognized PADI Rescue Diver certification card

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