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PADI Rescue Diver Course
- Rescue Course
Get Rescue Certified with Low Key Watersports!
About the Course
Most scuba divers say this is the most rewarding course they have ever taken. The PADI Rescue Diver course builds upon your current scuba training and expands your knowledge on how to manage and prevent problems if they occur; the training is both challenging and rewarding!
During the PADI Rescue Diver course, your will master several areas, including Self Rescue, Managing Stress in Other Scuba Divers, Rescuing Panicked Scuba Divers, and Rescuing Unresponsive Scuba Divers.
Become the dive buddy others want to dive with!
If you are on track to become a Dive Professional this is the first course that will really begin to prepare you for helping others.
Take This Course If You Want to Learn How to
- Be a better dive buddy
- Improve your navigation skills
- Enroll in a divemaster course
- Help other divers
- Fix minor gear issues
- Use an emergency oxygen kit
Academics & eLearning
Before your course begins in St. John you will need to complete the PADI Rescue Diver eLearning. Online learning makes it easy to fit the knowledge development portion of the course when it’s convenient for you and it allows you to focus all your time with us in the water.
Your eLearning needs to be completed prior to the course date and can be accessed through any of our links on this page. The eLearning cost is not included in the cost of this course and you will pay PADI when you sign up.
eLearning Time Commitment: 8-12 hours
Minimum age: 12
Rescue Divers certified between the ages of 12-14 earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver) certification.
Course prerequisites: any diver with an Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) Diver certification may enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course, complete Rescue Diver eLearning, and participate in Rescue Exercises in confined water.
To participate in open water Rescue Exercises and be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, the student must complete the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and hold a PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification. A PADI (or another qualifying) Advanced Open Water Diver certification also meets this prerequisite.
Certification also requires CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months. If you don’t have this training, you can enroll in an Emergency First Response® (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with your PADI Instructor.
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).
PADI eLearning: 8-12 hours
Dive Schedule: 3 – Half days of afternoon Diving
We have developed a comprehensive program that blends technology with hands-on experience beyond the traditional PADI Divemaster Course you will find in any PADI Dive Center in the world.
To get started all you need to do is sign up and pay for your course by hitting the Book Now Button or you can call one of our reservationists to get you signed up.
Once you are signed up, you will receive a link to our online classroom and your registration codes for your PADI eLearning and Dive Theory.
Our online classroom will be your direct connection to our full-time Platinum PADI Course Director and a team of mentors that will be working with you throughout your program. The classroom is going to allow you to prepare for your course before you arrive and allow you to spend more time working with our staff learning the practical skills that will allow you to be a successful Divemaster.
We provide all the equipment you need for this course including your PADI Rescue Diver crew pack with the dive accident management slate and a pocket mask, except emergency signaling devices like a signal tube and whistle.
Diving with a personal signal tube and audible signaling device is common practice now and if you do not already have one, you will need it for this course.
If you haven’t invested in a set of personal scuba gear yet, consider doing so before starting the Rescue Diver course. You’ll spend a lot of time taking your equipment on and off and learning self-rescue techniques. Having gear you’re familiar with and comfortable using is beneficial during this course. If you are going to become a dive professional in the future, you will need to have all your own gear, so we recommend you start now.
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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 496 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
The skills and confidence you’ll gain in the PADI Rescue Diver course prepare you to take the first step towards a scuba career and/or achieve the most elite rating in recreational diving.
As a certified Rescue Diver (18 years or older), you can enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. Upon completion, you can work anywhere in the world there’s water:
- Assisting with classes
- Leading dives
- Working on a liveaboard
A PADI Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite to enrolling in the Public Safety Diver™ course. This intense and challenging program comes with great rewards.
If the programs above don’t interest you, consider becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Fewer than 2 percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating. As a certified Rescue Diver, you only need five specialty certifications and 50 logged dives to become a Master Scuba Diver.