PADI Rescue Diver
The PADI Rescue Diver course develops your knowledge and skills so you can effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid. The program is an important step in expanding your knowledge and expedition as a diver. PADI Rescue Diver ( or equivalent) certification is also a prerequisite for all PADI leadership programs.
To get into the PADI Rescue Diver program, you'll need to be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Advanced Plus (or equivalent) and must be at least 15 years old. The PADI Junior Rescue Diver program is available if you are between the ages of 12 and 14 and hold a PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver or Advanced Plus (or equivalent) rating.
You will also need to have successfully completed the PADI MEDIC FIRST AID program or a sanctioned program in CPR witin the past 3 years. The PADI Rescue Diver program covers:
- Self-Rescue and diver stress
- Diving first aid
- Emergency management and equipment considerations
- Swimming and non-swimming assits
- Panicked diver response
- Underwater problems
- Missing diver procedures
- Surfacing the unconscious diver
- In-water artificial respiration.
- Egress (exits)
- First aid procedures for pressure related accidents
- Dive accident scenarios
The PADI Rescue Diver program prepares the diver to help to prevent and if necessary, manage dive emergencies, minor & major with variety of techniques. It will improve the diver skills and confidence as a diver. Most certified Rescue Divers look back on their rescue training as one of the most challenging, sometime demanding and therefore most rewarding. The subject is serious but the training is fun.