During a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Rescue Diver course, divers learn essential skills and techniques for assisting others in distress while diving. Here's an overview of what typically happens during a PADI Rescue Diver course:
Theory and Knowledge Development: Students start with self-study using the PADI Rescue Diver manual or online materials, covering topics such as dive-related injuries, rescue techniques, equipment considerations, and emergency management.
Classroom Sessions: Instructors lead classroom sessions to review the material, discuss scenarios, and clarify any questions students may have.
Confined Water Training: Students practice rescue skills in a controlled environment, typically a swimming pool. They learn techniques such as assisting tired or panicked divers, providing emergency oxygen, managing unresponsive divers, and performing rescue breaths at the surface.
Open Water Scenarios: Students apply the skills they've learned in realistic open water scenarios. Under the supervision of instructors, they simulate rescues in various scenarios, including responding to simulated emergencies, managing injured or distressed divers, and coordinating rescue efforts.
Role Playing: Role-playing exercises help students gain confidence and experience in managing real-life rescue situations. They may take turns acting as both rescuer and victim, practicing effective communication and teamwork.
Final Assessments: Students demonstrate their proficiency in rescue skills through practical assessments and knowledge reviews. Successful completion of these assessments, along with meeting other course requirements, leads to certification as a PADI Rescue Diver.
Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on safety, effective communication, teamwork, and quick, decisive action in emergency situations. PADI Rescue Diver training not only prepares divers to assist others in need but also enhances their own diving skills and situational awareness, making them more competent and responsible divers
This is a two-day course (Three days if completing EFR training).
PADI Advanced open water certification (Or equivalent).
EFR® Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months. Training may be completed along with rescue diver course.
You must be medically fit to dive. It is mandatory that all students must complete PADI's medical questionnaire prior to undertaking your dive course.