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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.

What will you learn?

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems before they happen and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. You will be trained in self-rescue and diver stress, AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems, diving first aid, swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques, emergency management and equipment, panicked diver response, underwater problems, missing diver procedures, surfacing an unconscious diver, in-water rescue breathing protocols, exits, and first aid procedures for pressure related accidents.

How long does it take?

The course spends two evenings in the classroom; one for introduction and orientation and one for review and final exam (unless taking the class through E-Learning); before heading to open water for one weekend to complete the open water exercises. Detailed explanations of the exercises will be provided before and after each dive.

Course Info


  • Minimum age: 12
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or other internationally recognized training agency)
  • CPR and First Aid training (like Emergency First Response or DAN Basic Life Support: CPR & First Aid) within the past 24 months


  • $450 (includes class materials and entry fee to Lake Phoenix)

Equipment Needs

  • Standard dive equipment (available for purchase or rent from Aquatic Adventures)
  • Pocket mask
  • Log Book

Class Materials

  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver DVD
  • Diving Accident Management Work Slate
    • All materials are included in cost of class


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