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PADI Rescue Diver Course

Why PADI Rescue Diver?

Rewarding and fun – that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level: Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.


What do I need to start?

  • You can enroll in the Rescue Diver Course as a certified Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization) and participate in the Rescue Diver knowledge development and rescue training sessions, in confined water only, while working on your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
  • To participate in the rescue training sessions in open water, and to participate in the open water rescue scenarios, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
  • Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months. The Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses meet these requirements.

What will I do?

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the confined and open water sessions, you will cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • dive first aid
  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
  • emergency management and equipment
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water rescue breathing protocols
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

Prior to the course you will receive a training manual and DVD, of which you need to read and complete all knowledge reviews and view DVD before the start of the course.

The course then begins with a review of knowledge, and an exam. Followed by confined water training to master most of the key skills and techniques in a controlled environment. And then it is all put into practice in Open Water and at the end assessed over 4 scenarios.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 25
  • Minimum Training: 1 day class and pool training, 1 day open water diving

How much will it cost?

Scheduled Course £299 pp

First Aid & Rescue Diver Course combined £399 pp

Includes Crewpak & PADI Certification

Where can I go from here?

The PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all Professional level PADI courses, beginning with the PADI Divemaster certification. Contact West Wales Dive Company to enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course and prepare yourself to Go Pro.