The PADI rescue diver course introduces you to various diving-related emergencies and encourages you to apply solution thinking to these situations in order to handle them. The training covers basic life support; first aid; how to recognize potentially hazardous situations; ways to prevent or control them and how to respond effectively to diver emergencies. You’ll learn a variety of new skills and techniques and practice using emergency rescue equipment and protocols to manage a diving accident situation. It is an intense and exciting course and is a lot of fun, especially if you’re part of a group going through the training together. Most people who have been through this experience have cited the PADI rescue diver course as being one of the most worthwhile pursuits in scuba diving.
The PADI Rescue Diver course is a 4 day program during which we build systematically on the skills you already know and prepare you for a final scenario day during which it’s up to you to demonstrate how well you can apply your training to simulated emergency situations.
- Day 1 – The rescue Diver course goes hand in surgical glove with basic life support training such as CPR and shock management. You also practice secondary care skills such as bandaging and splinting. On your first day you’ll learn all of these fundamental skills by participating in an Emergency First Response course (EFR) which in itself is a certifiable program. The program follows the same emergency first aid protocols used by emergency medical services so you’ll get to know how to asses a victims lifeline and provide them with the essential care that they need. For more detailed information about the EFR course visit the “First Aid Course” section of our website.
- Day 2 – Today we watch the Rescue diver video in the classroom and to go over the knowledge reviews from your participant manual. We’ll also be discussing diving accident management and how to respond to specific diving related emergencies. You and your classmates will be working together to come up with an emergency action plan, specific to the local area environment, which you’ll be needing as a reference in the latter stages of the course. You’ll also get to grips with industry standard emergency equipment such as oxygen units, first aid kits, in water rescue breathing aids and emergency flotation aids.
- Day 3 – Armed with this excellent knowledge, we head outdoors to put it into practice. The session begins with a self-help review covering some of the basic skills that you learned during your open water course such as cramp release and how to react to an out-of-air situation. Thereafter we get into the meaty bit of the training, simulating tired and panicked diver rescues, dealing with aquatic life injuries and how to respond to a situation from a various vantage points. One of the toughest skills you learn is how to deal with an unresponsive or unconscious diver; transporting them to safety whilst providing them with rescue breaths. Although this is challenging, take heed that we are not looking for perfection, just your best effort. We’ll be there to guide you through it and it helps to remember that there’s never only one way to perform a rescue correctly.
- Day 4 – From here on, it’s up to you to apply your training to some simulated emergency scenarios. What happens exactly is a closely guarded secret, so for now, let’s say you’ll need to keep your wits about you and work closely as a team. The scenarios are meant to prompt you to take action according to the accident management skills that you’ve learned and practiced. It’s a day of fun and excitement but also an opportunity to reflect on how you might really react if the need should arise. By the end of it you’ll have the deep satisfaction of knowing that you’ve achieved something extraordinary!
Who can participate?
- The minimum age for participants is 12 years. Participants under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian who should be with the underage participant to sign the various course forms. Participants between 12 and 15 years of age will receive a PADI Junior Rescue Diver certification after satisfactorily completing the course. There is no maximum age limit.
- Participants must either be PADI Adventure Diver certified or Advanced Open Water Diver certified or carry an equivalent certification from another accredited diving organization or agency. Adventure Divers who wish to do the course must also have participated in the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive to be eligible to join.
- Participants should be in good health. A part of the program paperwork includes a medical statement by which you self asses your fitness for diving. Individuals who are suffering from allergies or colds might experience difficulty in participating on the dive portion of the experience. If in doubt, please refer to a copy of the medical statement which can be found here and/or consult your physician.
- Please be advised that there is a 24 Hour no diving before flying policy in effect in the Maldives. It’s better to schedule any diving related activities early on in your travel plans to avoid conflict with this local law. We would hate to turn you away simply because you are flying the next day.
Get a head start!
- We highly recommend that participants complete the theory portion of the Rescue Diver Course online through the PADI eLearning portal. You can complete all of the knowledge development related to day 2 of the course outline description above. All you need is a laptop or PC, a comfortable chair and an endless supply of coffee. For more information on eLearning, you can read our eLearning page.
How to book?
- You can book via email or you can call us on 00960 911116 at Maafushi Dive. We would appreciate it if you can let us know at least 24 hours in advance of starting your course.