PADI Rescue Diver


Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver.

The rescue diver course is a challenging one requiring physical and mental resilience. Rescue divers need to hold the EFR qualification or comparable first aid qualification. Ideally candidates commencing the rescue diver course should be suitably experienced, and confident in their own diving skills. They must be able to demonstrate excellent buoyancy skills.


The theory session includes

  • Problem identification and solving
  • Solution thinking
  • The psychology of rescues
  • Managing emergency situations

The practical sessions include:

  • Helping a panicked or distressed diver
  • Helping a diver low an air
  • Aiding an injured diver
  • Rescuing an unresponsive diver
  • Accident scene management

PADI Open Water Course FAQ's

You need to have the Advanced Open Water qualification as well as be a competent and confident scuba diver. You also need to have the right people skills to help people who are encountering difficulties. Physical fitness is important in all levels of scuba diving but becomes increasingly more important when your training takes you to Rescue Diver level and beyond.


You will learn techniques to rescue divers in difficulty both at the surface and underneath the water. For instance you will learn how to deal with a panicking diver and how to recover an unconscious diver from underneath the surface.

The course starts with a pool session before progressing onto two days in open water. There is also a theory element.

A key element of becoming a Rescue Diver is Emergency First Response (EFR). To become an active Rescue Diver you will need to gain the EFR qualification or an equivalent first aid qualification.

Course Cost: £345

Excludes dive site entrance fees or costs of boat trips

Are you ready to Scuba Dive?

Book your Scuba Diving Course with Martin and the Welsh Diving team today!

Are you ready to Scuba Dive?

Book your Scuba Diving Course with Martin and the Welsh Diving team today!

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