PADI Rescue Diver Course

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

Next Rescue Course Dates

Academics and Pool:  Monday Jan 22nd, 2018 6pm-10pm

Open Water Scenarios, Monterey:  Sunday Jan 28th, 2018  8am-12n

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Academics and Pool:  Tuesday Feb 6th, 2018 6pm-10pm

Open Water Scenarios, Monterey:  Sunday Feb 17th, 2018  1230pm - 4:30pm

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Academics and Pool: Thursday Mar 8th 2018 6pm - 10pm

Open Water Scenarios, Monterey: Sunday Mar. 17th 1pm-5pm


Sign Up for Rescue Diver

PADI Rescue Dive Prerequisite: Divers must have completed a basic CPR/1st Aid course within the previous 24 months.

PADI Emergency First Response Primary and Secondry Care (CPR/First Aid) Dates

Friday Feb. 9th, 2018 6pm - 10pm


Monday Mar. 19th 2018 6pm - 10pm

Fee: $125

Sign Up for CPR/1st aid

What Are Rescue Diver Prerequisites?

  • PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course.
  • You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. ou 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 Do I Need?

Study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package).  Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your rescue exercises and scenarios.

Additional Equipment includes:

  • Basic Scuba Equipment
  • Pocket mask
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

Sign Up for Rescue Diver

What's next?

Once you've become a Rescue Diver, you are better equipped to take on more challenges.  Why not try one of these Scuba Specialty Certifications?