Scuba divers often describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging yet rewarding course to take. Why? Becoming a PADI Rescue Diver means you have committed to becoming a capable diver who can identify problems both in and out of the water, developing the skills necessary to preventing and/or managing dive emergencies.
You will become a better dive buddy by practicing your problem-solving skills in a safe and controlled setting until they become second nature to you. Your role with your instructor shifts from that of a standard student-instructor relationship to a mentorship that enables you to develop critical thinking and dive management skills. PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers of at least 12 years of age and who have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have your Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.
What Will You Learn?
The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with both minor and major dive emergencies. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn how to identify possible dive emergencies and appropriate response methods. Instructor-guided rescue scenarios allow you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. Topics include:
Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
Emergency management and equipment
Rescuing panicked divers
Rescuing unresponsive divers
Register for the Rescue Diver Onlineto start now. You will complete five knowledge development sections using a self-paced and web-based interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course. You can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package).
You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.