PADI Rescue Diver

Having built up your diving skills and experience, are you now looking to take your diving to a higher level? A PADI Rescue Diver is trained to start looking after not just himself in the water, but fellow divers as well… a pre-requisite to leadership training.

Why PADI Rescue Diver?

The Rescue Diver course in an exciting and involving course that is designed to teach you the basics of dealing with distress situations in the diving environment. It teaches you how to deal with the serious nature of accident prevention and management. You are not taught how to deal with accident situations ‘text book’ style, as real life situations are rarely develop in this way. Instead you are taught a comprehensive and diverse range of skills that that can be applied to manage any emergency scenario. The course is demanding, but serious fun!!

Upcoming Courses (back to top)

The above list is limited to the next 5 courses. Please visit the upcoming courses page for more. There may be additional courses to those listed here please contact us to discuss your requirements.

How do I book myself on a course?

To book yourself on a course please select one of the courses above, send us a message, and we will get back to you to discuss further details.

Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"This is a tough course - it really is. I thought I was reasonably fit - and was left utterly exhasuted by the practical.

The course will challenge you intellectually, physically and, at times, emotionally -but that's because it's taught properly by people who want you to be the best that you can be but also want to be certain that you can respond to an emergency situation.

The thing I love about Cardiff Scuba is that they're not an organisation which just takes your cash and issues your certification. If you get your certification you can be absolutely certain you've earned it.

The team will help you every step of the way because they want you to succeed."

From Sarah Thomas-britton, course taken December 2017

"The course itself was challenging and demanding whilst at the same time being very eye opening as to the realities of rescuing an injured or distressed diver.

Rob's delivery of the course drew on a vast experience gained in both the medical and diving worlds, and coupled with his enthusiasm and passion for the subject really made it a worthwhile course with a real sense of achievement being felt after it's completion.

Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to take their diving skills up a notch. Many thanks."

From Owen Balash, course taken June 2017

"Would like to say thank you to Rob for a challenging course. Difficult but enjoyable."

From Jamie , course taken June 2017

"To improve my own skills and help others was just two of the reasons I chose to enroll in the rescue course with Rob.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, my course was delayed, but Rob promised it would be delivered before my holiday, he kept his word.

The theory as always was ~value added~ due to his medical background, not just limited to the books content.

So here I am, in February (4degrees C), in my semi-dry. I thought my fitness was sufficient but I was proved wrong. After several rescue scenarios back-to-back, I was ready to be rescued myself.

The course is a big step up and a steep learning curve, changing the way you think.

So it is another big thank you to Rob and Gareth for making it a challenging and memorable weekend.

From Jason Cross, course taken October 2015

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Further information on PADI Rescue Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

Rescue Diver Crewpack Rescue Diver DVD PLEASE NOTE : The DVD is lent to you for the duration of the course. The crewpack is included in course fees To receive certification as a PADI Rescue Diver, you must also have completed a sanctioned CPR and First Aid course in the last 24 months. Please ask for more information on the Emergency First Response course that can be completed in conjunction with your Rescue Diver qualification

What will I do?

We aim as be as flexible as possible in the scheduling of this course. You will need to complete two academic sessions, one pool (or confined water) session, and two days of open water work. In this time you learn about accident prevention, diving first aid, equipment function, accident management, search & recovery, surface resuscitation. All this culminates in two full-on accident scenarios for you to assess and manage.

How long will it take?

Please take a look at the timetable for the course you are interested in. From 2018, we will be using a new format of running the course over 2 sessions (Saturday & Sunday). The first theory session is at the NDAC, starting at 8am. The openwater practice and Scenario Assessments will also be held at the NDAC and will start after each theory componant

What previous experience do I need?

Anyone wishing to enrol on the Rescue Diver Course must be at least an Advanced Open Water Diver (or an equivalent qualification from another training agency) with at least 20 logged dives.

What do the fees include?

All equipment required for course All Pool costs Course Manual / Slates Course Exams All airfills required for course All professional tuition Insurance costs while on the course Registration fees with PADI upon completion

What don't fees include?

Entry fee to dive site used for the Open Water dives Costs of transportation to and from dive sites Any personal costs (eg. food, drink, accommodation

What's next?

Upon successful completion of all segments of your Rescue Diver Course, you will have taken an important step to become a diving professional. Beyond Rescue Diver is the prestigious Divemaster qualification - the first in a series of professionally recognised certifications.


Alternatively you can proceed to Master Scuba Diver level – the highest possible non-professional qualification that PADI offers.