The PADI Rescue Diver Course

The PADI Rescue Diver course is designed to challenge you whilst building your scuba diving confidence and proficiency. This dive course shows you how to prevent scuba diving problems, and how to manage them if they occur. On completion of this diving course you will be a diver that all others will aspire to buddy with.


The Fun Part

The fun part about this scuba diving course is rising to diving challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this dive course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best dive course they’ve ever taken. Remember your first learn to dive course, you’ve come a long way!

What You Learn•Self rescue

  • Recognizing and managing stress in other scuba divers
  • Emergency management and equipment used in diving incidents
  • Rescuing panicked scuba divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive scuba divers

The Scuba Diving Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba diving gear including a dive computer and accessories. You will receive training in the use of a Diving Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) during the open water dives of the rescue diver course.


The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all the materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview diving skills you’ll practice with your PADI scuba diving Instructor. Once your PADI Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.


  • To enrol in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be 15 years or older
  • Have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another scuba training organisation)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your PADI scuba diving instructor about PADI Emergency First Response CPR and specific diving first aid courses).

After completing CPR and first aid and the PADI Rescue Diver course, you should take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course together, these three scuba diving courses round off your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies and prevent diving incidents from occurring.



GO PRO with the PADI Dive Master Course and assist students as they learn to dive or complete 5 specialty dive courses to earn the top PADI non-professional Scuba Diver rating of Master Scuba Diver. You have now come a long way since your open water diver course. You will be surprised at how much diving knowledge you have to give to open water students and those wanting to learn to scuba dive.