The Rescue Diver course is both a challenging and rewarding course which will change the way you look at diving forever. You will learn not only how to spot and deal with problems both underwater and on the surface calmly and with confidence, you will learn valuable self-rescue skills and develop a new sense of awareness of any potential problems with other divers around you.
You will learn how to deal with leg cramps, tired divers, stress, uncontrolled panic in others, how to deal with unconscious and non-breathing divers, how to deliver emergency care, administer emergency oxygen, search for missing divers, recover casualties, and how to deal with marine life injuries and other accidents and problems which may occur on a boat such as a bad fall, severe bleeding, spinal injuries, broken bones, shock and many others.
An integral part of this course is being able to deliver emergency first aid, and this is taught in the Emergency First Response (EFR) course which must be completed before beginning your Rescue Diver course, unless you already hold a similar qualification in emergency first aid from another orginisation.
The training you will receive will enable you to respond correctly to a life-threatening emergency and help to keep a victim alive and manage an incident until professional medical help arrives.
Before you start the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) and we recommend that you have at least 20 dives and are reasonably comfortable in the water, with good buoyancy.
Whilst scuba diving is a very safe activity, it is important to know that you are fit to dive and that you do not have any medical conditions that could increase your risk of an accident underwater.
Download and read the PADI Open Water Diver Course Medical Statement
Download and read the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Medical Statement
Download and read the PADI Bubblemaker Medical Statement
If you answer 'yes' to any of the medical questions, please print the entire form and take to your family doctor who will assess your fitness to dive and issue a medical statement which we must see before you start diving.