PADI Rescue Diver

What is it?

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.

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.

What does the course involve?

Knowledge Development

This part of the course develops the principles and information you will need for preventing and handling dive emergencies, with topics including self rescue, diver stress, diving first-aid, emergency management, equipment problems and rescue assistance procedures for both conscious and unconscious victims on the surface and underwater. Knowledge development is completed through independent study of the Rescue Diver manual and review sessions with your instructor.

Confined Water Training

During confined water training you will learn the techniques for handling various emergency


  • Tired diver

  • Panicked diver

  • Response from shore/boat (conscious victim)

  • Distressed diver underwater

  • Missing diver

  • Surfacing the unconscious diver

  • Unconscious diver at the surface

  • Egress with an unconscious diver

  • First aid for pressure-related accidents

  • Response from shore/boat (unconscious victim)

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.

 Open Water Training

You will review all the skills that you have learned in the pool and practice them in open water, after which you will take part in two open water training scenarios. These are completed at the end of the course and are an opportunity for you to bring together all that you have learned and apply your new techniques and skills in a realistic simulated rescue situation. Students will act as a team to manage and conduct the rescue with little or no assistance from your instructor.

 Emergency First Response

This course is required for people who do not hold a current first aid qualification .EFR is a general first aid

course and covers all aspects of CPR and first aid. It is not dive specific so is ideal for divers and non-divers alike.

There are no prerequisites to this course so divers can bring family and friends to gain a first aid certification that

could prove invaluable in all aspects of daily life.  An EFR course will be scheduled to run alongside each Rescue

Diver Course.


How long will it take?

The rescue diver knowledge development and confined water training are run over five weeks on a Thursday

evening in Harrogate or a Friday evening 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. Take a look at the course calendar for the next course dates. To book your place on the next course all we need is a £75 deposit. You will also need to get the course materials prior to commencing the course. You can either call in the shop to pay your deposit and collect the course materials, download the course booking forma and send it to us or simply ring us quoting your credit card number and we can post out the course materials to you (postage charged at cost).


Course Price

Rescue Course:                                            £325

Emergency First Response Course:           £75

Rescue Diver Crewpack*:                           £69.99

Emergency First Response Workbook:     £14.99

* includes Rescue Diver Manual, Emergency Assistance Slate,  Rescue Diver DVD and pocket mask

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.