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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver course will change the way you dive – in the best possible way. You will learn how to identify and fix minor issues before they become big problems, and gain a great deal of confidence, whilst having some serious fun along the way.

Discover why countless divers say Rescue Diver is their favorite, and most rewarding, scuba diving course.

How Much Will It Cost?

Club Membership is £30 per annum.

The Rescue Diver Course will cost club members approximately £250. Travel and dive site entry fees are extra.

How Long Will It Take?

The Rescue Diver Course is usually run over several weeks, typically throughout winter, as it takes several hours in the swimming pool to master all of the necessary skills. Then a weekend open water.

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Rescue Diver Course in action.
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Rescue Diver Course.
Rescue Diver Emergency Radio.
Orange Smoke Flare.
Rescue Diver Scenarios.


Rescue Diver Course

The Rescue Diver Course will plunge you into some serious scenarios, likely take you out of your comfort zone, whilst teaching you how to recognise divers in distress and how to help them, as well as help yourself!

During your PADI Rescue Diver course you will undertake:


The Rescue Diver Manual will immerse you in some real world incidents and teach you how to avoid them! You will learn self-rescue techniques as well as how to deal with tired divers, panicking divers, unconscious divers and more...


The Rescue Diver course involves extensive training in the swimming pool prior to going open water. There are a number of skills to learn, over multiple pool sessions, that build on each other. It is therefore extremely important that club members / students commit to turning up for each session and then practice these life-saving skills!

At InDepth we typically run this course at the start of each year, making the most of the colder months to complete the basic training in the swimming pool during January, February & March. You can also complete your EFR and O2 courses during this period.

Once candidates reach an acceptable standard they then progress to the 'Rescue Weekend'.


The skills practice day allows students to take what they've learnt in the swimming pool and put it into practice in open water with all that that entails. It can result in students feeling a little overwhelmed as it suddenly gets a lot harder, wearing full dive kit and having to de-kit yourself and your casualty, and then having to exit the water over hard ground... it all starts to sink in and get real!


The scenario day is exhilarating, exhausting and ultimately extremely rewarding. Your instructors will put together multiple scenarios for you to deal with throughout the day and you will be assessed on each.

By the end of the weekend you will almost certainly feel absolutely exhausted. We recommend that students working full-time book the Monday off of work!

The video clip below is from an actual Rescue Dive course scenario.

You will not that the instructor helps the students to recognise their mistakes so that they may correct them.

PREREQUISITES: Advanced Open Water and EFR Provider or similar qualifications from a recognised issuing body.

RECOMMENDED: At InDepth Dive Club we recommend to all of our members that they also have the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course prior to enrolling on the Rescue Diver course.

The Rescue Diver course is typically run at Tewkesbury School Swimming Pool and Cromhall Quarry.


The PADI Rescue Diver Course is available through the InDepth Dive Club. To enrol on a course you will need to Join the club. Click HERE to Join.


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