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PADI Rescue Diver


“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. As a Rescue Diver you will be prepared to deal with any problems or incidents that occur while you are diving and is a must for every serious diver.

The PADI Rescue Diver program makes the subject of accident prevention and management

not only fun, but extremely rewarding! Until now the emphasis of your training has been on

basic accident prevention and safe diving. The PADI Rescue Diver program takes you to the

next level, expanding this to include accident management and rescue techniques. During the

PADI Rescue Diver program you’ll learn how to anticipate, prevent and manage potential dive

accidents. From assisting a tired diver to handling emergency scenarios, you’ll practice applying

the knowledge and skills that can make the difference in the unlikely event problems do arise.

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PADI Rescue Diver

  • Age 12+

  • eLearning theory

  • Confined water dive sessions

  • Open water dive scenarios

  • Full kit hire


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PADI Rescue Diver + First Aid Training

  • Age 12+

  • eLearning theory

  • Confined water dive sessions

  • Open water dive scenarios

  • Full kit hire

  • Emergency First Response Course over 1 day


Who can take part?

You will need to have your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification or equivalent qualification from another organisation. Students between 12 and 14 will receive the Junior Rescue Diver qualification. A current first aid qualification is required and the PADI Emergency First Response course is run in conjunction with the Rescue Diver course.

You will also be required to complete a Medical Statement – Please ensure you are fit to dive by checking this form. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, you'll need to take the form to your GP to get signed off as fit for diving before you can hit the water. Download the Dive Medical Form Here

What does the course involve?

  • Knowledge Development, develops the principles and information you will need for preventing and handling dive emergencies on the surface and underwater.

  • 5 Confined water dive sessions, as you master rescue techniques you will learn to adapt what you practice to suit the situation, your physical attributes, those of the victim and the nature of the diving environment.

  • You will review all the skills that you have learned in the pool and practice them in open water training scenarios. Students will act as a team to manage and conduct the rescue with little or no assistance from your instructor.

How long will it take?

The rescue diver knowledge development is done online at home and confined water training are run over five weeks on Sunday in York. You will then complete your open water skills practice and scenarios over a single day at a local open water dive site. The Emergency First Response Course is scheduled to suit all course participants and is completed towards the start of the Rescue Diver course.

How do I book a course?

We have courses running regularly throughout the year. To book your place on the next course all we need is a £100 deposit to secure your place on the PADI Rescue Diver Course and £50 deposit to secure your place on the Emergency First Response course and we will enrol you for your eLearning codes. You can email us on or call us if you have any further questions.

What next?

Gain the highest non professional PADI qualification with the Master Scuba Diver rating. As a Master Scuba Diver you will be recognised as an experienced diver with a significant amount of training in different dive environments. Whatever you current level of training the Master Scuba Diver rating should be your ultimate goal.  

Thinking of going down the professional route? Contact us for more information o our Divemaster and Instructor courses.

*The course fees include provision of any equipment required, all tuition fees and certification fees to PADI. Entry fees and transport to dive sites are not included.

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