Rescue Diver Course

Why Become a PADI Rescue Diver?

Rewarding and fun – that best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well-being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:


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

PADI Rescue Diver Requirements

To enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be 12 years old or older (12-14 year old divers may earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification if they have completed the PADI Junior Adventure Diver certification and the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive). You must have completed the EFR® Primary and Secondary Care course training within 24 months (or equivalent training from a recognized certification organization). Training may be completed along with this Rescue Diver course. You need adequate swimming skills and be in good physical health.

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Class Organization

Dive Oahu has a monthly Rescue Diver course. Course length is typically one or two evening sessions during the week and two morning sessions at a local beach for the ocean dives on the weekend. Class size and student to instructor ratio is 6:1.

PADI Rescue Diver Course Pricing

Regular course price of $375 includes compressed air tanks and weights, pool access and use of the facilities, tuition, books, and fees. Included in the price is the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course.

As part of this course, the EFR® Primary and Secondary Care course training is only $125 which includes tuition, books, and fees (purchase the EFR class separately on this website with SQUARE). Sign up now for Rescue Diver online with SQUARE, then call Dive Oahu at (808) 922-3483 to schedule your class!

Students are responsible to provide their own dive gear, but you may rent gear. Dive Oahu offers a full range of dive equipment from the most popular manufacturers at one of our convenient locations!

We offer private classes for those who prefer a more personal experience in learning to dive. Call Dive Oahu at (808) 922-3483 to schedule a private lesson.

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