The PADI Rescue Diver course is a crucial step in expanding a diver’s skills and experience. Rescue Divers learn to consider the safety and well-being of other divers, not just their own.
Rescue Diver training extends the accident prevention and management skills divers have already learned during their previous courses. During the Rescue Diver training, divers learn to manage diver related emergencies, and to apply the correct techniques to assist others in an emergency. The Rescue Diver course is: demanding, realistic in its conduct, content and approach, but also a very enjoyable challenge that builds diver confidence.
Many divers have described the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most fun and rewarding course they've ever taken.
PADI Advanced Open Water Divers
You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.
Minimum Age: 15 Years*
*If you are between 12 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a Padi (Junior) Rescue Diver program available. PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course.
The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. The course is divided in to five parts:
1. Knowledge Development: 5 sections and the Final Exam (Pass = 75% or higher)
2. Self Rescue Review:
Cramp Release, Establishing Buoyancy at the surface, Airway Control - swapping from regulator to snorkel, Use of an alternate air source, and Overcoming Vertigo
3. Rescue Exercise Training Sessions:
Exercise 1 – Tired Diver
Exercise 2 – Panicked Diver
Exercise 3 – Response from Shore, Boat or Dock (responsive diver)
Exercise 4 – Distressed Diver Underwater
Exercise 5 – Missing Diver
Exercise 6 – Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
Exercise 7 – Unresponsive Diver at the Surface
Exercise 8 – Exiting the Unresponsive Diver
Exercise 9 – First Aid for Pressure-related Injuries and Oxygen Administration
Exercise 10 – Response from Shore/Boat to Unresponsive (nonbreathing) Diver at the Surface
4. Create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a divesite
5. Complete two Open Water Rescue Scenarios:
Scenario 1 – Unresponsive Diver Underwater
Unresponsive Diver at the Surface
Normally 5 days*
*PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Scuba Training Philippines has a variety of schedules to meet most individuals needs. We offer private courses for those who want a more personal experience in learning to dive.
12 months from date of commencement, however we strongly encourage students to complete their course within 2 months.
You can complete your course in one go or spread out your dives over a few months. Please speak to an Instructor to create a basic schedule.
Rescue Diver Manual (Own)
Basic Scuba Equipment (Provided)
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