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The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches you techniques to avoid and manage problems and improve your confidence as a diver. During the course you’ll become a better buddy by enhancing your ability to identify potential problems and by practicing dive emergency protocol. The subject is serious but the training is fun – many divers tell us the PADI Rescue Diver course was their favorite!

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.

The Training

The PADI Rescue Diver course includes three parts:

  • Knowledge Development – covering the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment
    • E-learning – Start your scuba adventure at home by enrolling in the PADI online interactive learning and start right now! You will cover topics such as:
      • Recognising and managing stress in divers
      • Emergency management equipment
      • Creating and emergency assistance plan
  • Confined Water Training – Here you will praise the various rescue techniques, starting with the simple and progressing to the more complex. Covering skills such as the following plus many others:
    • Rescuing panicked divers
    • Rescuing unresponsive divers
    • Conducting search and recovery techniques for missing divers
    • Supervising the scene of a dive emergency
  • Open Water Scenarios– Once you have practised the various rescue techniques, your instructor will set up various open water scenarios for you and the other students to respond to. Here you will take on the various roles of supervisor, rescuer and simulate an injured diver.


  • 12 years and above
  • Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent from an alternative agency
  • Completed an EFR course or CPR equivalent with the past 24 months
  • Good physical health – You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us




  • E-Learning + certification
  • Confined water training
  • Open water scenarios
  • Transport to and from dive sites
  • Equipment rental
  • 20% off Aqualung + APEKS dive equipment
  • Lifetime membership of the Wreckheads Club

Time commitment 

2 days

Combo Deal!

Complete PADI Emergency First Responder Course alongside the PADI Rescue Diver Course for a total of €550, saving you €60! (includes all PADI materials, certification, equipment and transport)

Contact us for further details