- Duration: 4-6 days
- Course Price: $1.100.000 COP
- Prerequisites: Age 12
PADI Advanced Open Water (or other qualifying certification)
Current Emergency First Response (or other current CPR certification)
Take the challenge! The PADI Rescue Diver course will expand your knowledge and experience to another level, because you’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well-being of other divers. Although this course is serious in nature, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.
Why PADI Rescue Diver?
While uncommon, emergencies in scuba diving do occasionally occur. The PADI Rescue Diver course trains you to anticipate and respond to a variety of diving-related emergency scenarios. By shifting the focus from your own personal safety to the general well-being of other people in the water, you will gain greater confidence in your own diving abilities whilst developing the mindset necessary to take your first steps towards becoming a PADI Divemaster.
What do I need to start?
You must be at least 12 years old, in good physical health, certified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization), and have successfully completed the Emergency First Response course (or another sanctioned CPR/First Aid program) within the last 24 months. PADI Jr Advanced Open Water divers aged 12 to 14 with current CPR/First Aid training can enroll in a PADI Jr Rescue Diver course.
What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. Knowledge development sessions are followed by confined and skills training and open water scenarios, where you will cover:
- Self Rescue Review
- Tired diver
- Panicked diver
- Response from shore, dock or boat (responsive diver)
- Distressed diver underwater
- Missing diver
- Surfacing the unresponsive diver
- Unresponsive diver at the surface
- Exiting the unresponsive diver
- First aid for pressure related injuries and oxygen administration
- Response from shore or boat, unresponsive diver
You will also apply these skills in two open water scenarios. The extensive skills practice will have you well prepared to deal with any problems that may come your way during these scenarios! The knowledge development portion consists of five knowledge reviews that you will cover with your instructor, a final exam, and the creation of an emergency assistance plan for a specific dive site.
How long does it take?
Courses which require confined and open water dives are all weather dependent. Allow a total of around 4 days for EFR and PADI Rescue Diver training.
Can I do the theory portion online?
Yes. PADI now offers the Rescue Diver course online. Follow the PADI eLearning link to get started.
Where can I go from here?
You are now well prepared to start your PADI Divemaster Internship, where your consideration of other divers will be extended to a professional level.