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PADI Rescue Diver

Minimum Age



2 Days

About the Course

The PADI Rescue Diver course will change the way you dive – in the best possible way. Learn to identify and fix minor issues before they become big problems, gain a lot of confidence and have serious fun along the way.

Learn how to think like a rescue diver through home study using an incredible e-learning package and in water skill practice with an instructor. All PADI courses are flexible and performance-based. You'll practice basic rescue skills and then show you can effectively apply them in open water.

Discover why countless divers say Rescue Diver is their favourite scuba course.

In fact we still love this course so much; even as an Instructor I remember this course! We'll aim to make it fun, informative but critically ensure you leave prepared to deal confidently with potential dive related incidents.

Our instructor is also current RNLI Boat Crew on the local lifeboat so you can be sure that the skills you learn are current and practical for UK waters.

Why take this course

Be a better dive buddy

Improve your navigation skills

Enrol in a divemaster course

Help other divers in an emergency

Recognise small issues before they become a serious problem

What you'll learn

Help other divers

Fix minor gear issues

Use an emergency oxygen kit

Prepare emergency action plans for dive sites

Identify and respond to dive related incidents

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old.

You must hold PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Adventure Diver (having completed Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive) or other qualifying Advanced Open Water Diver certification equivalent from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking).

Certification also requires CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months. If you don't have this training, you can enrol in an Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with us before or alongside this course.

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you'll learn to use specialized gear in rescue situations.

All participants need their own CPR pocket resuscitator mask - this is included in the course cost.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

The skills and confidence you'll gain in the PADI Rescue Diver course prepare you to take the first step towards a scuba career and/or achieve the most elite rating in recreational diving.

As a certified Rescue Diver (18 years or older), you can enrol in the PADI Divemaster (DM) course. Upon completion, you can work anywhere in the world there's water:

Assisting with classes
Leading dives
Working on a liveaboard

If being a DM don't interest you, consider becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Fewer than 2 percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating. As a certified Rescue Diver, you only need five specialty certifications and 50 logged dives to become a Master Scuba Diver.

Rescue Divers with HSE Medical Clearance may also have the opportunity to gain experience with us during training dives acting as support divers.

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

If you are looking to support your local dive club/school or thinking of moving on to become a Dive Master we recommend you now seek out HSE Diver Medical Clearance. This can only be done with an AMED and can take some time. Speak to us today for help with this process.

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