Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver Course helps you stay safe in the underwater world.

With the PADI Rescue Diver Certification you will be better equipped to keep yourself and your buddy safe. PADI is the most widely-recognised scuba certification and will be welcomed in resorts worldwide.

The Course.

The PADI Rescue Diver and Junior Rescue Diver courses expand what you already know about diving and how to prevent problems. More importantly, it develops your abilities to make it easier to manage problems if they do occur. This is a challenging and rewarding course – probably the most enjoyable course you’ll undertake as a recreational diver!!

The course consists of some knowledge development, pool work and open water scenarios to apply the skills developed in the pool:

  • Knowledge Development: On booking the course you receive the Rescue Diver Crewpack which contains the materials you need to study, Accident Management Workslate and a pocket mask.

    This part of the course is completed as self-study using the Rescue Diver Manual. The manual has a number of chapters introducing different aspects of planning and managing dive emergencies such as recognizing and managing stress in other divers and emergency management and equipment.

    Each chapter includes a short knowledge review which must be completed prior to diving attendance on the course. These will be reviewed as a group in the classroom – this session takes around half a day and concludes with the Rescue Diver Exam.  The exam consists of 35 multi-choice questions, pass mark 75%.

    In addition, you will complete an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site.


·       Pool Work: We have a series of skills to run through covering self rescue, rescuing responsive and unresponsive divers, dealing with panicking divers and locating/rescuing missing divers. As part of this you will learn the techniques for administering rescue breaths in the water and exiting an unresponsive diver.

·       Open Water Training: Now we move to open water where we run through a series of exercises to put our skills into action. This part of the course is made as realistic as possible (stopping short of the use of helicopters!!) and covers a range of possible circumstances.

When you have completed your dives – Congratulations, you have made it as PADI Rescue Diver!!


What are the prerequisites for the course?

To enrol in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must:

·       Complete a medical questionnaire - Click Here

·       Be qualified as a PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver –OR- equivalent with another certification agency with a minimum of twenty open water training dives including documented experience in deep diving and underwater navigation.

·       Be a minimum of 12 years old for the Junior Rescue Diver qualification.

·       Be a minimum of 15 years old for the Rescue Diver qualification.

·       Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the past 24 months. Qualifications in First Aid (including CPR) and Secondary Care from other organisations will also be recognised.

·       We also recommend that students enrolling on the Rescue Diver course also have a qualification as an Emergency Oxygen Provider. This can be completed in conjunction with either the EFR Primary and Secondary Care or Rescue courses (at a reduced rate) or it can be taken as a stand-alone course.

What happens if I answer “Yes” to any of the medical questions?

The medical questionnaire is used to ensure that you are generally fit to dive and must be answered truthfully. If there are any positive answers then this does not necessarily rule you out from diving but you must receive approval from your GP. The medical questionnaire contains a form for your GP to sign as well as some notes for their consideration.

Can I start the course and get medical approval prior to final sign-off?

No. We are required to ensure students are fit to dive before they are accepted on to the course and we must have a GPs approval if any conditions have been noted.

Can I persuade you to overlook this answer or give me a fresh form to fill out?

No. None of our staff are medically trained and as such are not in a position to make judgement calls on whether a particular individual is medically fit to dive. As the forms are a self-certification they should be completed honestly – if any of our staff become aware of medical conditions subsequently then they will require a GPs sign-off before allowing the student to continue with the course.

Please, please, please, can I persuade you to overlook this answer or give me a fresh form to fill out? Pretty please?


You mentioned the Junior Advanced Rescue Diver Course – what is this exactly?

To qualify as a Rescue Diver you must be a minimum of 15 years old. Below this age a diver is classified as a Junior Rescue Diver and has some restrictions as follows:

·       12 – 14 year-olds must dive with a certified diver of legal age i.e. over the age of 18 years in the UK or as defined by local laws.

In addition, they are limited to a maximum depth of 21 metres.

Does a Junior Rescue Diver have to do the full Rescue Diver Course when they reach their 15th Birthday?

No, they simply apply for an upgrade to their certification. The Junior Rescue Card has the diving restrictions they are subject to printed on it and they will be issued with a new card to reflect their full Rescue Diver status. There is an administration fee for processing the revised certification and issuing the card.

When do the courses run?

At present we run the classroom and pool sessions on one weekend a month and then we visit an open water site on a different weekend. The calendar of course dates can be found here. If necessary we can schedule different dates for the classroom/pool sessions to suit.

How long does the training take?

After you complete the self-study there will be a total of one day on-site for the pool and classroom work plus one day minimum at an open water site.

Where does the training take place?

We have a pool on-site and we visit various inland dive sites around the country to complete the open water dives.

What gear do I need?

It is generally expected that people will have most of their own equipment at this level of qualification. If there are any items you need to hire then we can accommodate this.

The course price includes the course materials and including a pocket mask. It does not cover travel costs, accommodation or site entry fees for the open water dive sites.

For pool work you will need to bring along a swimming costume and towel plus any of your own equipment.

Is there a subscription to pay to keep my Rescue Diver qualification?

Happily, no. Once you have successfully completed the course, you maintain your qualification either by diving regularly or by completing a Scuba Review if you have a gap of six months or more without diving. You will also need to keep your First Aid and Secondary Care skills current by taking a refresher every couple of years. Our courses for this can be found here.

I’ve had my Rescue Diver Certification for a while now but I feel a bit rusty. Can you help me refresh my skills?

Certainly. We will be running a Rescue Diver Workshop periodically throughout the year. This will coincide with other Rescue Diver training and will give you the chance to freshen up your skills.

I have my Rescue Diver certification – what next?

Well done. Well, you still have the range of PADI Specialty courses to choose from but now you are closing in on the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – our highest recreational qualification. If you fancy going even further then you have the option of enrolling on the PADI Divemaster course - the first step to making diving into a career!!