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RESCUE DIVER Prevent problems, and manage them if they occur.

The PADI Rescue Diver Course

"Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you've already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.


To enrol in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be:

  • Participants must be at least be 15 years old (or 12 years old for Junior Scuba Diver certification).
  • Have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organisation)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses if you have not done them).
  • Recommended that participant have their own equipment.

What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Search patterns
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Problem-solving to think on your feet

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it's the best course they've ever taken.
You have so much fun while learning practical skills doing a variety of scenarios.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You'll use all the basic scuba gear including a buoyancy compensating jacket that also holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that you will be breathing from, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. Including a few extras, such as using a compass, pocket mask and throw ropes.

Already have your own equipment? Maybe you have a mask or fins? GREAT! feel free to bring it along. Anything you don't have, or might need, we have here at Galaxsea.

As you will be getting very familiar with your equipment we recommended that you have your own dive gear for this course, such as BCD and Regulators. This is due to the fact that you want to be comfortable and familiar with your own equipment for both taking part in the course and afterwards. 

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crew pack includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You'll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you'll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.

Your Next Adventure

After completing CPR and first aid and the PADI Rescue Diver course, you should take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course Together, these three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.

 Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!