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The PADI Rescue Diver Course

What is the PADI Rescue Diver Course?

The PADI Rescue Diver course provides the Advanced Open Water Diver with the opportunity to become a safer, more skilled and confident diver. This course prepares you to help prevent and manage minor or major dive emergencies with a variety of techniques. Rescue training is both challenging and rewarding. The program includes knowledge development, pool and open water training. In addition to fulfilling the Rescue Course requirements, to be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, the student is to have successfully completed a sanctioned course in CPR within the past 2 years. Our PADI Emergency First Response Course offers certification in CPR, basic first aid, teaches how to administer oxygen and use the AED (automatic external defibrillator). The Oxygen Provider course teaches effective use and delivery of oxygen to dive accident victims.

Course Costs:  $350.00 which includes:

Academic materials including the PADI Rescue Diver Manual and pocket mask

Use of tanks, regulators, buoyancy control devices, weights, and weightbelts

Pool instruction

Not included in the course costs:  Entry passes, camping, or air fill fees for the weekend at Dutch Springs


What do I need to start?

  • You can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course as a certified Open Water Diver and participate in the Rescue Diver knowledge development and rescue training sessions, in confined water only, while working on your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)

  • Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months. The Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses meet these requirements.


What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress

  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems

  • dive first aid

  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques

  • emergency management and equipment

  • panicked diver response

  • underwater problems

  • missing diver procedures

  • surfacing the unconscious diver

  • in-water rescue breathing protocols

  • egress (exits)

  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents

  • dive accident scenarios

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