PADI Rescue Diver

Become a PADI Rescue Diver. Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively rescue both yourself and others when emergency situations arise.

The PADI Rescue Diver program is divided into two separate courses, the PADI Rescue Diver course and the Emergency First Response course or EFR. The instruction includes both above and below water training and will make the diver more confident in their own rescue skills. Through a series of in water exercises and diving scenarios the rescue diver program will teach divers how to react appropriately to emergency situations and deliver potentially lifesaving assistance.

EFR - Primary and Secondary Care

The EFR course is a one day course, conducted in the classroom and divided into primary and secondary care. Using a variety of teaching aids, first aid kits and oxygen systems students will practice responding to different emergency scenarios during the course. Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. Through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice participants will learn the skills necessary to provide care when emergency situations arise.

Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course:

    Scene Assessment, Barrier Use, Primary Assessment, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Serious Bleeding Management, Shock Management, Spinal Injury Management, Conscious and Unconscious Choking Management.
    Additional Skills
    – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use
    – Emergency Oxygen Use.

Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. Participants focus on secondary assessment and first aid during knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice.

Secondary Skills taught in this course:

    Injury Assessment
    Illness Assessment
    Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures

PADI Rescue Diver

After completion of the EFR course students may begin the Rescue Diver course. Over four days we will learn and practice skills such as

    Tired Diver
    Panicked diver
    Response from shore, boat or dock
    Distressed Diver Underwater
    Missing Diver
    Surfacing and exiting an unresponsive diver
    First Aid for Pressure-Related Injuries and Oxygen Administration

These exercises begin in confined water allowing the student ample time for skill mastery. After the confined water skills are completed students will complete more advanced rescue scenarios on the dive boat and at the dive sites. These will include a missing diver scenario, pressure related injury and an unconscious diver at the surface. At this point the students will combine the individual skills learned and respond to each emergency as the primary rescuer. The rescue diver course will not only teach divers to deal with emergencies safely but also to notice potential problems and accidents before they occur.

Course Structure

PADI Rescue Diver is a combination of courses; students will first complete the Emergency First Response course before beginning the rescue diver course. EFR is a primary and secondary care first aid course and takes one day to complete. The rescue course is a mix of academics, confined water and open water dives.
Confined Water

There are a number of skills for the student divers to complete before the open water section, including self-rescue, panicked/tired diver response, response from shore/boat, unresponsive diver underwater/surface, missing diver, exiting unresponsive divers and first aid for pressure-related injuries and
oxygen administration.
Open Water

After completing the skills in confined water student divers need to complete two scenarios in the open water, the first being a missing diver scenario and the second an unresponsive diver at the surface. In the scenarios student divers will work as a team to complete the scenarios.

Certification Details

Rescue Divers are trained to react to emergencies both on land and while diving. Those divers who complete their divemaster certification have the option to complete their EFR Instructor rating and conduct EFR courses independently.

Course Requirements

Minimum Age - 12 yrs. old

Prerequisite - PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent from another training organization.

Time - Min 4 days

Price - $400 (plus materials)

*includes rental equipment, taxes and transportation.