What is a PADI Rescue Diver?

Last Updated on May 13, 2021 by Dan

A PADI rescue diver is someone who has the knowledge and skills to help people in difficult situations. This article will go over what it takes to become a PADI rescue diver!

What training do they receive?

A PADI rescue diver is someone who has the knowledge and skills to help people in difficult situations. They are trained in emergency procedures, first aid, oxygen administration, and other advanced lifesaving techniques.

This article will go over what it takes to become a PADI rescue diver!

A PADI rescue diver course involves four sections:

  • Rescue Diver Introduction;
  • Emergency First Response – CPR/First Aid;
  • Intermediate Oxygen Administration;
  • Final Exam Review.

The training for each section can take up to two days depending on the availability of time with your instructor.

In addition, you must be able to swim 300 meters non-stop using any stroke (other than breaststroke) without stopping or grabbing hold of the pool wall.

Overview:

The PADI Rescue Diver course is for scuba divers who want to learn basic emergency and rescue skills. After the completion of this training, you will be able to help out in an emergency situation without being a trained first responder or lifeguard!

A rescue diver must know how to administer CPR/First Aid, use oxygen equipment, perform mask-to-face resuscitation on adults and children under water; handle all types of diving emergencies such as getting someone untangled from line or netting, treating safety related medical issues like hypothermia and decompression sickness (if they are qualified), manage environmental factors that could affect your ability to make it safely back home after rescuing another person (i.e., currents, tides, wind), and be the one who is in charge of a dive team.

Becoming a rescue diver can mean being more confident when your friends are having trouble underwater or rescuing someone else from an emergency situation- it’s also just plain cool! To become certified as an entry level PADI Rescue Diver you must complete four dives with at least three different instructors to certify that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to take care of yourself and lead others out if they need help on their next dive trip. The additional fee for this certification ranges between $200-$320 dollars depending upon the region.”

The PADI Rescue Diver course is the next step for divers who have already achieved at least an Open Water Diver certification. This additional deep-dive training, with a minimum of four dives and three different instructors, helps you gain confidence in your skills to take care of yourself underwater as well as lead others out if they need help during their next diving trip. The additional fee for this certification ranges between $200-$320 dollars depending upon the region.

Prerequisites

To become a PADI Rescue Diver, you must complete the following prerequisites:

– Complete an Open Water referral (or equivalent) within the past 24 months.

– Be 18 years of age or older when starting training

– Successfully passing Emergency First Response Primary Care and CPR/AED courses (within two years prior to beginning class) with no less than 90% on each course. This is not mandatory for those who live in regions where this knowledge does not apply, such as Hawaii.

– Have at least 25 logged dives since certification as a diver. These can be from any dive discipline except Dry Suit diving.”