PADI Rescue Diver Course Pre-Requisites and Schedule
You must be at least 15 years old and certified as an Adventure Open Water diver (or equivalent) including UW navigation in order to enrol for this course.
It is a requirement for PADI Rescue Diver to have a current certificate in first aid which includes CPR.
Therefore, most students start with our Emergency First Response (EFR) course. The EFR theory is completed online in the student’s own time and the practical session takes half a day from 09.00 to around 12.30. Of course, if the student has a recognised first aid qualification, this can be omitted.
The practical part of the Rescue Diver course takes 2 days with scenarios both from the beach and from our boat. The days start at 09.00 and typically finish around 15.00. The theory is completed online in the student’s own time.
The PADI Rescue diver course takes you through a wide range of different problems which can arise in the water ranging from the minor to the extreme. You’ll begin with learning how to recognise diver stress – before and during the dive. You will learn about some basic self-rescue skills which will help you to avoid being the centre of a rescue operation yourself, before going on to learn about handling diver emergencies.
How do you react when your buddy starts panicking? What do you do if you see someone struggling to stay afloat in the water? What should you do if you come across an unresponsive diver underwater? The Rescue Diver course will train recognise the early warning signs of a potential emergency situation, and how to handle those which you are not able to prevent.
What will I learn?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the four open water sessions, you’ll cover:
- Self-rescue and diver stress
- AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
- Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
- Emergency management and equipment
- Panicked diver response
- Underwater problems
- Missing diver procedures
- Surfacing the unconscious diver
- In-water rescue breathing protocols
- Egress (exits)
- First aid procedures for pressure related accidents
- Dive accident scenarios
Are you fit to dive?
There are certain pre-existing medical conditions which can increase the health risks associated with diving. Before commencing any PADI programmes if is necessary to first review and complete PADI’s Medical Statement. If you answer ‘No’ to every question listed here then you are ready to begin. If you answer ‘Yes’ to any questions on this questionnaire then you must first visit your doctor and receive a certificate stating that you are fit to dive.
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