Rescue Diver

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.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).




PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 8-12 hours

Note: When purchasing PADI eLearning, it only includes the theoretical part of the course, in order to finish and obtain the PADI Open Water Diver certification, you need to hire the services of your diving center to carry out the practices.

Padi eLearning



After finishing your online study with PADI eLearning, you will do the practices with your Padi instructor from your nearest dive center who will teach you everything related to your PADI specialty course.



The PADI Rescue Diver course will expand your knowledge and experience to another level: you will learn to look beyond yourself and prioritize the safety and well-being of other divers.

The Rescue Diver course training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage diving emergencies. Knowledge development sessions are followed by practical sessions in confined water and simulation of emergency situations in open water, where you will cover:

You will learn to:

Assist and help in an emergency

Fix minor problems with equipment

Using the emergency oxygen kit

Benefits of doing the course:

Be a better dive buddy

Improve diving techniques

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The duration of this course is a minimum of 5 days and includes confined water diving. Upon completion of this course, you will obtain an international PADI Rescue Diver certification that will allow you to perform emergency assistance diving to a diver anywhere in the world.


Day 1: Meet your instructor, practice confined water diving.

  • Self rescue techniques,
  • Tired diver
  • Panic diver

Day 2: Diving in confined – open water

  • Shore, ship or pier response
  • Troubled diver underwater
  • missing diver

Day 3: Open water diving

  • Bringing an unconscious diver to the surface
  • unconscious diver on the surface
  • Getting out of the water with an unconscious diver

Day 4: Practices in the Diving Center

  • First aid (optional)
  • Response to a diver not breathing at the surface
  • emergency assistance plan

The knowledge development portion consists of five theory modules, along with five dives that you will cover with your instructor, a final exam, and the creation of an emergency assistance plan for a specific dive location.

Prerequisites and minimum age


Course prerequisites: know how to swim, medically fit to dive, be comfortable in the water


Minimum age: 12


Certified Rescue Divers between the ages of 12 and 14 earn a Junior Rescue certificate. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased after the diver’s 15th birthday will automatically display a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver Certification).


Course Prerequisites: Any diver with an Open Water Diver (or Jr. Open Water Diver) certification can enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course, complete the Rescue Diver eLearning, and participate in Confined Water Rescue Drills.


To participate in the Open Water Rescue Drills and become certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, a student must complete the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and be certified as a PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver. A PADI (or other qualifying) Advanced Open Water Diver certification also meets this prerequisite.


Certification also requires training in CPR and first aid within the last 24 months. If you do not have this training, you can enroll in an Emergency course First Response (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with your PADI Instructor.




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