course prerequisites

Training Prerequisites

PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver, PADI Jr Advance Open Water Scuba Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization equivalent.

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. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. We also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time we conduct the PADI rescue diver course.

Age Requirements

The PADI Rescue Driver Course is for ages 15 Years and Older.

The PADI Junior Rescue Diver Course ages 12 to 14 years old.

Depth Restrictions After Certification

PADI Rescue Divers are certified to dive to a maximum depth of 30m/100 feet.

PADI Junior Rescue Divers from the age of 12 to 14 will be restricted to a maximum depth of 21m/70 feet.

Waivers and Liability Releases

all participants will need to have a completed set of liability releases signed and dated prior to any in water training. Note: Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian signatures as well. No exceptions.

For the PADI Rescue Diver Course you will need the following releases:

1 PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document 10038

2 PADI Equipment rental release form

3 PADI Boat dive release form

For the PADI Rescue Diver Course you will need the following releases:

1 PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document 10038

2 PADI Equipment rental release form

3 PADI Boat dive release form

4 PADI Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk Acknowledgment

Course Duration

The duration of the PADI Rescue Diver Course is between 3½ to 4½ days depending on the style of academics you choose.

The course is performance-based so we do not like to rush we want to make sure everyone is safe and fully understands the skills of the day. So there is a start time but never a set finish time.

Required PADI Course Materials

You have a choice of academic materials for your course

The PADI Rescue Diver Crewpak.

The Rescue Diver crewpak includes the PADI Rescue Dive manual, Diving managment workslate and a pocket mask. This package includes all the required materials for your course

Or the

PADI Rescue Diver Online (Digital Certification Pak)

You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

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Who should take this course?

The majority of Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? That’s easy you learn to prevent problems and manage situations before they become a problem. As a PADI rescue diver you will become more confident in your own personal skills knowing that you can help others divers if needed. During the PADI rescue diver 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 definitely serious business, in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

What will I learn?

• EFR Emergency First Response First Aid

• CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

• Emergency Oxygen Provider

• Self Rescue Techniques

• Recognizing and Managing Stress in Other Divers

• Emergency Management and Equipment

• Rescuing Panicked Divers

• Rescuing Unresponsive Divers

The Fun Part is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

Course Outline

Student divers must meet all course performance requirements by: Complete all knowledge development segments and exam. Demonstrate skills from the Self-Rescue Review either in confined or open water. Demonstrate skills from Rescue Exercises 1-10 in open water. Participate in Rescue Scenarios 1 and 2. Prepare an emergency assistance plan for a dive site.

Traditional Academics included with your course

You will begin the academic portion of your PADI Rescue Diver course with home study. You will be given access to the PADI Rescue Diver videos. You will watch these videos in the comfort of your own home in preparation for your first academic session with your instructor.

You will be given access to the PADI Rescue Diver manual in order to complete your knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter. You will read through the PADI Rescue Diver manual and complete all knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter.

In addition if you are also taking the EFR Emergency First Response and first-aid CPR course along with the Oxygen Provider course you will need to complete the knowledge reviews in those books as well, In order to prepare your academic session with your instructor.

Optional PADI Online Academics

The PADI online academics program is great for students who are short on time. Bypass the classroom with the PADI online academics system. You will complete all of your academics in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

Step one: Log onto the PADI online system and complete your online academics.

Step two: During the classes scheduled classroom academic session. You will come into the shop and under the direct supervision of your PADI instructor and take a quiz that will verify you have completed your online academics.

There are additional costs associated with the PADI online academic program. The cost is $179 per person and is not included in our standard or group courses. Note: online academics is not available for ages 12 and under.

Rescue Diver Training Dives

Confined Water Rescue Training Dives Rescue Exercises Performance Requirements


EXERCISE 1 – TIRED DIVER Assist a tired (rational) responsive diver at the surface

EXERCISE 2 – PANICKED DIVER Rescue a panicked (irrational) diver

EXERCISE 3 – RESPONSE FROM SHORE, BOAT OR DOCK Assist a (responsive diver) in distress

EXERCISE 4 – DISTRESSED DIVER UNDERWATER Correctly identify and respond to a diver simulating overexertion, panicked or out-of-air Emergencies.

EXERCISE 5 – MISSING DIVER Quickly and efficiently search for and locate a missing diver using an underwater search pattern.

EXERCISE 6 – SURFACING THE UNRESPONSIVE DIVER Use controlled positive buoyancy as an aid to ascent.

EXERCISE 7 – UNRESPONSIVE DIVER AT THE SURFACE Make contact with and check for breathing on an (unresponsive diver) at the surface.

EXERCISE 8 – EXITING THE UNRESPONSIVE DIVER Remove a breathing, (unresponsive diver) from the water both with and without assistance.

EXERCISE 9 – FIRST AID FOR PRESSURE-RELATED INJURIES AND OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION Demonstrate steps and procedures for administering oxygen to a breathing, unresponsive diver with suspected decompression illness. Administer oxygen to a non breathing diver while using a pocket mask for rescue breathing.

EXERCISE 10 – RESPONSE FROM SHORE/BOAT TO UNRESPONSIVE DIVER AT THE SURFACE Respond to a diver emergency that requires attending to a non breathing, (unresponsive diver) on the surface, demonstrating in water rescue breathing, exiting the water and then providing CPR.

SCENARIO 1 – UNRESPONSIVE DIVER UNDERWATER Search for and locate a missing diver during an accident simulation.

SCENARIO 2 – UNRESPONSIVE DIVER AT THE SURFACE Effectively responding to an unresponsive, non breathing diver during an accident simulation. Evaluation, tow, in water rescue breathing, removing equipment, exiting and providing CPR.

Required SCUBA Gear

At this level divers should have a complete set of personal SCUBA gear.

Don't panic if you need rental equipment we have it available for your class.

You will need the following equipment for this class Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulators, Dive computer, Thermal protection, Tanks and Weights. (We do not rent Thermal protection)

If you would like to purchase your own equipment, we guarantee the best price in town and extended warranties on everything purchased from us. If you’re going to be a diver it is best to have your own personal gear for fit and comfort.

You should always purchase your SCUBA diving equipment from the dive center where you do your training. Your SCUBA instructor is definitely more qualified to make sure you select the proper equipment for your needs. Your instructor will also make sure your equipment is properly adjusted and ready for your class. Nobody beats our prices or customer service guaranteed.

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Note: new scuba diving equipment always requires minor adjustments and a safety inspection before it is used. If you purchased your scuba equipment online or from a third-party to use in our class and it has a malfunction or requires adjustments during your training you will have to pay an additional cost for those adjustments. Our minimum service charge is $45

We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs. If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class for a free equipment evaluation. We service and repair Scuba equipment. Safety First!

Extend your bottom time with Enriched Air (Nitrox).

The PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) diver course will certify you to use Enriched Air (Nitrox) to stay down longer during your shallow water dives.  Also by breathing a higher concentration of oxygen during your dive, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready for more diving.

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