The PADI Rescue Diver course is the next level to progress from PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. From this course, you will learn how to identity and prevent problems. Demonstrate the ability to perform self-rescue, learn how to handle various types of diving incidents and provide rescue aid.
PADI Rescue Diver – Training Content
The PADI Rescue Diver course consist of three segments :
- The knowledge development: Theory
- Rescue Exercise: Practice the ten rescue exercises
- Open water: Meet the performance requirements for self rescue, ten rescue exercises and two rescue scenarios in the open water
You will discover that there is not really any one right way to help to provide rescue aid to someone but just to do your best as reasonable and humanly possible right.
The PADI manual consists of five chapters. At the end of each chapter, you have to answer the knowledge review questions. With your instructor, you will check your answers and after a final exam. You must have 75% correct, otherwise you will re-take the final exam.
To complete the knowledge development segment, you will need to prepare an emergency assistance plan for a dive site.
Prepare PADI Rescue Diver with PADI eLearning
Except for emergency assistance plan, the entire theory can be done online through PADI eLearning via PADI website.
The eLearning option is offered by PADI. Therefore, registration and payment are processed through PADI website.
By choosing this option, a reduction will be made on the costs if you enter our center number, 6226, when registering your eLearning.
The rescue exercises are first practiced in the swimming pool and then in the open water. The course will begin with Self-Rescue Review which you will revise the skills that you have learned from previous certifications, they are:
- Cramp Release
- Establishing buoyancy at the surface
- Airway Control
- Use of alternate air source or octopus
- Overcoming vertigo and reestablishing sense of direction
The 10 rescue exercises that you will learn and demonstrate with confidence:
- Tired diver
- Panicked diver
- Respond from shore, boat or dock (responsive diver)
- Distressed diver underwater
- Missing Diver
- Surfacing the unresponsive diver
- Unresponsive diver at the surface
- Exiting the unresponsive diver
- First aid for pressure-related injuries and oxygen administration
- Response from shore/boat to unresponsive non breathing diver at the surface
When these exercises are mastered, you will use apply them during the two rescue scenarios in the open water.
Two rescue scenarios
Last but not least, to obtain your rescue diver certification, you have to perform two rescue scenarios in the open water:
- Scenario 1 – unresponsive diver underwater
- Scenario 2 – unresponsive diver on the surface
Pre-requisites for PADI Rescue Diver Course
To register for the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must:
- be 12 years old,
- be PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver (or holding similar certification obtained from another organization),
- completed EFR Primary and Secondart Care training and valid within 24 months.
EFR Primary and Secondary Care training may be completed with rescue diver course.