PADI

Rescue Diver

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About Your Course

Discover the mindset of a PADI Rescue Diver by engaging in home study and then complete hands-on skill development with the team at UK Diving Academy.

Our PADI courses are designed to adapt to your schedule and are centered around your performance. You'll first hone fundamental rescue skills and subsequently demonstrate your proficiency in applying them in real open water scenarios.

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What Your Learn

The PADI® Rescue Diver course will change the way you dive – in the best possible way. Learn to identify and fix minor issues before they become big problems, gain a lot of confidence and have serious fun along the way.

Discover why countless divers say Rescue Diver is their favorite scuba course.

Take This Course If You Want to

  • Be a better dive buddy
  • Improve your navigation skills
  • Enroll in a divemaster course

Learn How to

  • Help other divers
  • Fix minor gear issues
  • Use an emergency oxygen kit

How Do You Become A Qualified PADI Rescue Diver?

Step 1. Independent Study

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.

Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question. 

  • Step 1 Time Commitment: 2-3 hours

Step 2. At The Dive Centre

During your orientation session at the UK Diving Academy Dive Centre you will get to meet your instructor and be fitted with the very latest dive gear to use during your course.

The Team at UK Diving Academy will also complete your Emergency First Response Training if required.

  • Step 2 Time Commitment: 2-6 hours

Step 3. In Water Training In The Pool

In a pool, you’ll practice rescue diving skills

  • Step 3 Time Commitment: 2-3 hours

Step 4. In Water Training In Open Water

You will spend two days at an open water dive site, putting into practice the skills you have mastered in the swimming pool.

  • Step 4 Time Commitment: 2 days

More Information

The PADI Rescue Diver Course prerequisites:

The Minimum age is 12 years old.

The Course prerequisites are any diver with an Open Water (or Jr. Open Water) Diver certification may enroll in a PAID Rescue Diver course, complete Rescue Diver eLearning and participate in Rescue Exercises in confined water.

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

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

PADI Rescue Divers certified between the ages of 12-14 earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased after the diver's 15th birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Jr. Rescue Diver) certification.

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).

We will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:

During your course, we will include rental of all of the above core dive gear items only. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us.

  • Dive site entry £15 - £25 per day.
  • Transport to and from the dive sites.
  • Subsequent air fills for open water dives these are payable directly to the site.

How To Book

Enrol onto the course by making your purchase online through our website. You will then receive an email asking for some more details to get you registered and also offering some help to get you started with your online materials.

After that, we will send you more details on logistics of your course, such where to be and when. If you already know which of our upcoming course dates suits you best, please book this date if you are unsure or can’t find a date that works for you simply give us a call to discuss this further.

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