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RESCUE DIVER Prevent problems, and manage them if they occur.

The PADI Rescue Diver Course

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

What You Learn

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The PADI Rescue Diver course may count for college credit. Ask your instructor for details!

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You'll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you'll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.

You can also begin learning online with Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be:

  • 12 years or older
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Contact us about Emergency First Response Course).

Course details

  • Duration: as little as 2 days
  • Course contents: Knowledge development, Confined Water Training, Open Water Training
  • Equipment required: Mask, fins, snorkel
  • Recommended Text: PADI Rescue Diver manual, Accident Management Slate
  • Medical Statement (pdf)
  • Student Transcript Request

What's next?

 

   

Knowledge Development 2
Sat 21 May 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 3
Sat 21 May 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 4
Sat 21 May 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Open Water Day 1
Sat 21 May 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Orientation + Lecture 1
Sat 21 May 2022
06:30 PM
60 minutes
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Open Water Day 2
Sun 22 May 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Orientation + Lecture 1
Fri 10 Jun 2022
06:30 PM
60 minutes
Occoquan
Knowledge Development 2
Sat 11 Jun 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 3
Sun 12 Jun 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 4
Mon 13 Jun 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Open Water Day 1
Sat 18 Jun 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Open Water Day 2
Sun 19 Jun 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Knowledge Development 2
Fri 15 Jul 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Orientation + Lecture 1
Fri 15 Jul 2022
06:30 PM
60 minutes
Occoquan
Knowledge Development 3
Sat 16 Jul 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 4
Sun 17 Jul 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Open Water Day 1
Sat 23 Jul 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Open Water Day 2
Sun 24 Jul 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Knowledge Development 2
Fri 19 Aug 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Orientation + Lecture 1
Fri 19 Aug 2022
06:30 PM
60 minutes
Occoquan
Knowledge Development 3
Sat 20 Aug 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Knowledge Development 4
Sun 21 Aug 2022
08:00 AM
60 minutes
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Pool Session 1 (Optional)
Sun 21 Aug 2022
09:30 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
George Washington ReCenter
Open Water Day 1
Sat 27 Aug 2022
08:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
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Open Water Day 2
Sun 28 Aug 2022
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02 hours 00 minutes
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