The PADI Rescue Diver course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for you to effectively perform rescues and assists, manage diving-accident situations and render proper medic first aid. You'll find the course enjoyable and highly interesting, although the nature and context in which such training may be used is quite serious. The primary objective of this course is to prevent the need for use of rescue skills. A good diver does not only solve problems, he prevents them in the first place! You will do five Academic Sessions and ten Open Water Training Exercises over a minimum of three days. You will see the PADI Rescue Diver DVD. The PADI Rescue Diver rating is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership programs.

The program requires that the candidates be advanced open water divers or equivalent and have prior first aid primary and secondary care training. This requirement may be met by the Emergency First Response course or any other sanctioned first aid course.


'Rewarding and fun' - that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level: Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

Course philosophy
The Rescue Diver courses' philosophy is based upon the fact that there are several possibilities to achieve a goal. The structure of the course reflects this with a situational curriculum i.e. size and strength of the rescuer in comparison to the victim and environmental conditions will affect the preferred rescue technique.
During your training you will be encouraged to try several options to learn how to make best use of your personal strengths and to discover your own limits.

PADI Rescue Divers are qualified to:

Course structure