PADI Rescue Diver
The PADI Rescue Diver Course will build upon what you’ve already learned up to Advanced Open Water to expand your knowledge and experience teaching you to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers.
Although this course can be intense, it is a great way to build your confidence and helps you identify potential problems and gives you the know-how on how to handle them if they do.
“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course.
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Day 1: Classroom
Morning- (8am - 12 noon) EFR Course.
You will meet your Instructor at our dive centre in Patong and complete the Emergency First Response (EFR) course as this is a pre-requisite.
You will also be shown various First Aid skills and have the opportunity to practice the techniqes with your Instructor and fellow class-mates.
There is a multiple-choice exam to pass as well- but don't worry you'll be taught everything you need to know to get through it.
Finally, your EFR Instructor will setup an example accident scenario so that you can put into practice everything that you've been taught today.
This will be conducted in one of our air-conditioned classrooms at the dive centre.
Afternoon- (1pm - 5pm) Rescue Diver Theory.
After lunch, you and your Instructor will start the Rescue Diver theory by watching a DVD and completing the Knowledge Reviews of your PADI Rescue Diver manual.
The five areas that you will cover are:
You will also learn some new rescue diving skills that you will put into practice in the swimming pool on the next day.
Day 2: Classroom and Pool
Morning- (8am - Noon).
This morning, you will finish off any of the Rescue Diver theory and complete the multiple-choice Final Exam. Now you should be thinking like a Rescue Diver- that is someone who is aware of their diving surroundings and can make good judgement calls in emergency situations.
With the help of your instructor, you will learn to read the signs in yourself and others of potential problems and learn the skills necessary to remediate.
Afternoon- (1pm - 5pm).
Time to practice to those life-saving rescue skills!
The swimming pool is the perfect place for you to hone your rescue skills in a controlled environment before applying them to the open water.
You, your Instructor and your classmates will take-on different roles (rescuer, assistant and victim) to make it as life-like as possible. You'll be put through your paces now so that if you're ever faced with a real rescue situation, you'll be better prepared to deal with it.
The day normally finishes around 5pm, but if you require more time to practice in the swimming pool or need some more time in the classroom then this is not a problem.
Day 3: Open Water Dives
Morning- 7:30am pickup from your hotel.
We come and collect you from your hotel lobby and transfer you by one of our air-conditioned mini buses to our day trip diving boat.
Your PADI dive instructor will be waiting for you on the boat, and after a short briefing on the boat and the facilities on-board it is time for some breakfast which will be freshly prepared for you by the boat crew.
Today's diving will revolve around a number of rescue scenarios that your Instructor will setup. These will be as realistic as possible and are designed to increase your experience and confidence in these situations.
Rescue Scenario 1 - Unresponsive Diver Underwater.
Search for and locate a missing diver during an accident simulation.
Rescue Scenario 2 - Unresponsive Diver at the Surface.
For this scenario, you must demonstate effectively responding to an unresponsive, nonbreathing diver on the surface during an accident simulation.
After completion of the required skills there may be some time to have a fun dive, but don't let your guard down- you're a Rescue Diver now!
Back onboard the boat, it's time to fill in your log book and debrief you on the dives before celebrating your qualification as a PADI Rescue Diver with your instructor and fellow classmates.
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This course is for those who want to prepare themselves to prevent problems and learn how to manage dive emergencies.
To take this course, you must be:
- A PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- Be trained and current for First Aid and CPR within the previous two years- the EFR course meets these requirements
- 15 years old (12 for Junior Rescue Diver)
The PADI Rescue Diver course is available every day.
Please use the booking form on this page or come and see us in person in our dive centre at least one day before you wish to start.
Please bring with you each day:
- Your PADI Rescue Diver manual.
- Swimwear to wear under the wetsuit.
- Sun cream, hat, sunglasses etc. for when you are on the boat.
Regardless of the location, you will start in the shallow water and run through the couple of skills that your instructor has briefed you about earlier.
Only once you are comfortable in the shallower water will your instructor lead you out to slightly deeper water for the remainder of the dive.
If you don't feel comfortable at any time during the dive then just signal to your instructor and he will assist you.
The open water portion of the Rescue Diver course is based around Rescue Excercises and Rescue Scenarios so there isn't any 'dives' per se.
We offer this course in English, French, German and Russian. Please let us know if you have a requirment in another language and we will try to accommodate you.
As long as you can answer 'No' to the following questions then you are fit to dive:
|Have you suffered from, or do you now
suffer from, any of the following:-
|Are you currently suffering from:-|
|Asthma or wheezing?||Breathlessness?|
|Fainting, seizures or blackouts?||Chronic Ear Discharge or infection?|
Chronic Bronchitis or persistent chest complaints?
|High Blood Pressure?|
|Chronic sinus conditions?||Perforated Eardrum?|
|Chest surgery?||Other illness or operation within the last month?|
|Recurrent ear problems when flying?||Are you currently taking any medicine or drug (excluding oral contraceptives)?|
|Epilepsy?||Have you ingested any alcohol within the last 8 hours prior to diving?|
|Diabetes Mellitus? (sugar diabetes)||Are you pregnant?|
|Tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease?|
|Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder?|
|Heart disease of any kind?|
|Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)?|
If any of these conditions do apply to you then you still may be able to dive but you will need to consult a doctor first. [Link to Medical PDF]
As a qualified PADI Rescue Diver, you now have the skills and techniques to prepare you for any diving emergency.
You can either stay at this level knowing that you are a very proficient diver with key life-saving skills, or continue on to become a PADI Divemaster and maybe turn your passion for diving into a career.
|Group Tuition (Maximum group size 4 students to one PADI Instructor.)||14,000 Baht|
|Private Tuition (One private Instructor for the complete course.)||16,800 Baht|
|Couple / Group Discount||Click here|
The course includes:
- PADI Rescue Diver Manual.
- PADI certification costs.
- Full set of rental scuba diving equipment.
- PADI Instructor.
- Free Transfers from Patong, Karon and Kata hotels.(A charge may apply for other areas).
When you are on the day trip boat the following is included:
- Snacks and Fresh tropical fruit all day.