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The Rescue Diver course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” are the terms that best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course expands your vision on how to prevent problems and how to manage them if they arise based on what you already know.

Learn how to prevent and manage problems in the water and gain more confidence in your skills as a diver. It is a demanding course, but very rewarding.


Be prepared with the PADI Rescue Diver course!



Divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the greatest challenge, but the most rewarding they have ever experienced. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and gain more confidence in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others when needed. During the course, you learn to become a better match by practicing problem-solving exercises until it becomes a reflex. Also, the class is really fun - it's serious, but you laugh a lot while learning. PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers divers 12 years of age or older who have completed the Adventure Dive Underwater Orientation dive may register for the Rescue Diver course.

You must also have completed Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can take this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also suggest that you take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course at the same time.


The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with minor or severe emergencies while diving, using a variety of techniques. As you develop knowledge and rescue drills, you learn to spot a problem and respond to it. During rescue scenarios, you practice your knowledge and skills. Topics covered include:

  • Self-rescue

  • Recognize and manage stress in other divers

  • Emergency management and equipment

  • Rescue of panicked divers

  • Rescue of unconscious divers


You will use your basic scuba gear and will need a pocket mask to perform resuscitation in the water. During the exercises, you will be working with an oxygen cylinder, floats, marker buoys, and maybe dummies. Your PADI instructor will explain the equipment you need and can suggest additional parts, such as your own first aid kit, which will come in handy throughout your diving career.


Register for the Rescue Diver Online eLearning course to get started right away. The web-based system covers five sections of knowledge development and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive, easy-to-use program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

Age Requirement-FR
12 years and over

Course prerequisites
Adventure Diver / Junior Adventure Diver (or qualification certificate) with full dive for underwater navigation; EFR primary and secondary care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months

Time commitment
About 10-12 hours

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