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Rescue Diver

Rescue Diver

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Who is this course for?

Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skillset.

Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training.

Anyone interested in advancing their diving responsibility.

Course prerequisites

Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.

Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*.

Provide proof of Advanced Adventure Diver certification, Junior Advanced Adventure certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 15 logged open water dives.

* Note:CPR, first aid and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the rescue program by qualified instructors.

What you can expect to learn

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.

You will cover all of the following and more!

Prevention and causes of diving accidents

Stress and psychological factors

Physical conditioning


Surface drowning syndrome

Diving lifesaving

Self rescue

Diver assists

Surface and underwater rescues

Types of transports

In-water artificial respiration

Boat and shore exit techniques

Diver first aid

Review of oxygen administration

Hyperbaric injuries and management

Information collection

Access to a hyperbaric chamber

Accident Management

Access to emergency transport/assistance

Accident reporting

Liability and related legal considerations

Some of the in-water skills include:

On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:

Breathing difficulties


Leg cramp

Early panic symptoms

Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet

Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing

Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water

What's in it for you?

Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress.

Become qualified to enroll in:

The Master Diver program

The Divemaster course

Rescue Diver minimum requirements

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution.

Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently.

Satisfactorily complete the Rescue Diver written examination located in the Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.

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The Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency.

You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes.

After the Rescue Diver Course you can enroll in the Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the Divemaster Course.