Rescue Diver Course

The Experience

Have you ever thought about challenging yourself and putting your skills to the test? Become a certified rescue diver and learn how to engage your skills in different emergency situations. You will learn how to self rescue, rescuing both panic and unresponsive divers, equipment management, and medical management. This is a three day course including one classroom session, pool sessions and open water dives.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain knowledge of skills needed to dive under the the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Learn about the scuba equipment you will be using underwater.
  • How to approach both responsive and unresponsive divers.
  • How to approach panicked divers.
  • Have fun exploring the underwater world and learning about marine life and coral species.
  • Learn about how you can become a certified PADI Master Scuba Diver or PADI Divemaster.

Start Your Course

There are several ways you can start your PADI Rescue Diver course!

PADI Standard Rescue Diver
For this course, you will need to complete all knowledge reviews prior to the start of your course in the required Rescue Diver manual.

PADI E-Learning Rescue Diver
This course is the online based version on the Rescue Diver course. This allows you to log into your course whenever convenient to your schedule. You will need to complete all of the knowledge reviews prior to the start of your course. Log into the PADI E-Learning site and start your course today!

Emergency First Responder
This is a one day course that you will learn primary care, secondary care, basic first aid, CPR, and medical assessment. This is required to complete the Rescue Diver course.


In order to participate in a PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be a minimum of 12 years old. You also must have your PADI Advanced Open Water certification. You will have to complete the Emergency First Responder course prior to the completion of the Rescue Diver course. You will also need to fill out a PADI Medical Statement. The PADI Medical Statement ensures that you are in good physical and mental health to scuba dive. You may need your family physician to sign off on your medical statement before the start of your course.