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Accidents happen anywhere and anytime. What are you going to do to prevent and manage? The PADI Rescue Diver course is the answer. It will enable you to perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid effectively and also an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as a diver. PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) certification is also a pre-requisite for all PADI leadership program such as the Divemaster and Instructor courses.

What You Will Learn

The PADI Rescue Diver Course covers:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress

  • Diving first aid

  • Emergency management and equipment considerations

  • Swimming and non-swimming assists

  • 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

All of these topics are covered in the PADI Rescue Diver Manual and Rescue Diver video and also have 1 pool session. After successfully completing the program, you’ll receive the internationally recognised PADI Rescue Diver certification card.

Course Requirements

Participants must be a minimum of 12 years old, be Advanced Open Water diver certified or equivalent, have 20 logged dives, and have been emergency first response trained in the last 24 months.

Course Details

The Rescue Diver course is typically conducted over one weekend to Pulau Hantu or Malaysia, with the theory classroom session being completed one evening or by eLearning in advance. There will also be an exam after the class. Participants will also have to complete an 800m continuous snorkel swim in open sea without stopping or using flotation aids or your arms to swim.

Course Includes
  • Rescue diver manual

  • 1 classroom session

  • 1 pool session

  • 5 training dives + 1 leisure dive

  • Land & boat transportation to be arranged FOC by the resort

  • Air-conditioned accommodation (Malaysia) to be arranged FOC by the resort

  • Food & drinks to be arranged FOC by the resort

  • Instructor & certification fees

  • Basic scuba gear (Mask, Fins, Wetsuit)

Course Excludes

Equipment rental (BCD and Reg) – $40 per set


I see that the Emergency First Response certification is a requirement, where can I take the EFR course?

DiveDegree conducts the EFR course right here. We actually offer a special discount if you take both EFR and Rescue with us. Check with us for more details.


Do I need to take the EFR course before the Rescue Diver course if I have a first aid certification from another agency?


There is no need to take an EFR course provided you have been first aid certified in the past 24 months by a qualifying agency.

Why is dive gear rental not included in the course price?

Many rescue students would have owned some of the basic dive gears by the time they take the course, hence gear rental is not included.


What if my first aid certification has expired?


If you have not been emergency first response trained in the last 24 months, you can either take the Emergency First Response (EFR) course with us or choose to take from outside agencies such as Red Cross. Should you decide to take both the Rescue Diver and EFR courses with DiveDegree, there will be a discount on the total course fees. Enquire to find out more!


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