PADI Rescue Diver Course


Most scuba divers will describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they have ever taken in diving. By doing this course you will learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and it will teach you to think and respond to situations on your feet. As a result, you will be a better buddy and become more confident in your skills as a diver by knowing that you can assist yourself and others if needed. The course is about serious issues, but it is great fun to do it!


  • At least 12 years old
  • In good physical health
  • PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver including Underwater Navigation Dive
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR & First Aid) training within the last 24 months (the EFR course can be included in the Rescue course)

Knowledge Development

The knowledge development for the PADI Rescue Diver course covers various topics including emergency management, handling of equipment, and a variety of rescue techniques. The theory section will teach you to look for a solution and how to respond in a case of a dive emergency, minor or major, and will provide you with the tools needed. This part of knowledge development can also include your CPR & First Aid (EFR) course, and you can even expand your rescue knowledge even further by taking the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course.

Pool & Ocean Scenario’s

After learning the rescue theory, it is time to put these new skills into practice, first in the pool and after that in the ocean. You will practice scenario’s involving self rescue, recognising and managing stress in yourself as well as other divers, rescuing panicked and unresponsive divers both underwater as at the surface, and complete in and out of water rescue. While doing these exercises you will make use of a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation, floats, an oxygen unit and marker buoys. After completing all the scenario’s to satisfactory of your instructor and passing your test, you will notice you have become a different diver.