PADI Rescue Diver

rescue_diverAre you ready for a diving emergency?  Would you be able to manage a problem or would you have to try and find someone else?  Central Coast Dive Center’s Rescue course will teach you not only to recognize and handle a diving emergency when it occurs, but also to prevent potential diving accidents.

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

In the class, you will perform diver rescues and assist as well as administer first aid.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

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What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers


To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must

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How Long Does It Take?

This course typically consists of 3 weeknight classroom/pool sessions and ~2 OW dives (can be completed in a single day or over a weekend).

The Scuba Gear You Use

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  • Students are required to own their own mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Full sets of equipment (BCD, regulator set, SPG, compass, dive computer, wetsuit) are available for FREE to students for pool sessions.
  • Divers must provide their own equipment for all OW dives.  Central Coast Dive Center offers complete sets of rental equipment (BCD, regulator set, SPG, compass, dive computer, wetsuit, tanks, weights).  Click here for rental information.

The Learning Materials You Need

  • Rescue Diver Crew Pak for scuba diving training coursePADI Rescue Diver Crew Pak

The PADI Rescue Diver crew pak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.

What Should I Do Next?

Want To Start Right Now?

eLrn_Bnr_RscDvr_10-440x80The PADI Rescue Diver course is the newest addition to the PADI eLearning family. Rescue Diver Online gets you started right away and let’s you learn at your own pace and in your own time.  Start now!

Your Next Adventure

After completing Emergency First Response and the PADI Rescue Diver course, ask you instructor about taking the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. Together, these three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies!

Also, consider taking the next step to become a PADI Professional with the PADI Divemaster course.