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.
Discover why countless divers say Rescue Diver is their favorite scuba course.
Learn How to
- Help other divers
- Fix minor gear issues
- Use an emergency oxygen kit
If You Want to
- Be a better dive buddy
- Improve your navigation skills
- Enroll in a DIVEMASTER course
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Prerequisites & Minimum Age
Minimum age: 12
Rescue Divers certified between the ages of 12-14 earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification.
Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver) certification.
Course prerequisites: any diver with an Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) Diver certification may enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course, complete Rescue Diver eLearning and participate in Rescue Exercises in confined water.
Certification also requires CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months. If you don’t have this training, you can enroll in an Emergency First Response® (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with your PADI Instructor