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.
Advanced Open Water Divers, or Adventure Divers who have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive, who are at least 12 years old may enroll in the Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course, or show proof of equivalent training from American Red Cross or American Heart Association. We highly recommend that you take the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course at the same time.
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:
Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
Emergency management and equipment
Rescuing panicked divers
Rescuing unresponsive divers
You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course.
Important Medical Information
All student divers are required to complete the PADI/RSTC Medical Statement Participant Record form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the questions in the Divers Medical Questionnaire section of this form, then you are required to obtain a physician's release, without restrictions or conditions, before participating in any in-water component of the course. Please read the complete details and download the form here.
If you have a copy of this form signed by a physician within 12 months prior to the expected completion date of your course, and your medical history has not changed, then you may provide a copy of it to your instructor. Otherwise, you will need to complete a new form.
$349 when you use your own Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer
$399 with use of rental Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer
Course tuition includes:
PADI Rescue Diver Slate
Resuscitation pocket mask
Training in the pool with our professional instructors and divemasters
Open Water training dives with our professional instructors and divemasters*
Rental tank and weights
PADI Certification card
*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included.
Register for PADI eLearning - 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.
Stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning.
Student Agreement: By registering for the Rescue Diver Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.
Rescue Diver Course Schedule
In addition to your basic scuba gear, you’ll need a pocket mask with oxygen inlet to practice in-water resuscitation. This is included in your course tuition.
During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.
Check with Scuba Frisco to get advice about everything you need for your diving adventures.
The Next Step
With your PADI Rescue Diver certification, you're just steps from the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving horizons even more by going pro as a PADI Divemaster. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.