Rescue diving course

learn to prevent and manage accidents

Advance open water diver course

    The Rescue Diver course is designed to expand your knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. This course trains you to prevent and manage diving emergencies, enhancing your confidence and preparedness in the water. It is often described as the most challenging yet rewarding course for recreational divers.

                                        Course Structure

The Rescue Diver course typically involves three main components: knowledge development, rescue exercises in confined water, and rescue scenarios in open water.

                                Knowledge Development

The theoretical portion of the course covers a range of topics essential for understanding and managing diving emergencies. This includes:

  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked and unresponsive divers

Students usually complete the knowledge development through a combination of classroom sessions, independent study, and eLearning modules. The theoretical knowledge is crucial as it forms the foundation for the practical skills.

                              Confined Water Sessions

In confined water sessions, usually conducted in a pool or a controlled water environment, you will practice various rescue exercises. These exercises might include:

  • Assisting tired divers
  • Panicked diver response
  • In-water rescue breathing
  • Exits with unconscious divers
  • First aid procedures for pressure-related accidents

These sessions allow you to build your skills in a controlled setting before applying them in more realistic open-water scenarios.

                             Open Water Scenarios

The open water portion of the course is where you put your skills to the test in real-life scenarios. These scenarios are designed to simulate actual diving emergencies and include:

  • Rescuing divers from the water
  • Conducting search patterns to locate missing divers
  • Managing emergency situations both in and out of the water

Instructors evaluate your ability to perform rescues and manage emergencies effectively, ensuring you are prepared for real-world situations.

                                       Course Benefits

Completing the Rescue Diver course enhances your ability to prevent and respond to diving emergencies, making you a safer and more responsible diver. It also increases your confidence, leadership skills, and awareness in the water. This certification is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver rating and Dive Master training.


The Rescue Diver course is a vital step for any diver looking to improve their skills and take on more responsibility. It is an invaluable experience that prepares you to handle emergencies and ensures a safer diving environment for everyone.