Chances are, if you reading this, you have passed your PADI OpenWater & Advanced Openwater course, congratulations! The next step in the PADI adventure is to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course. The PADI Rescue diver Course is the prerequisite in becoming a Divemaster and becoming a professional diver! However, many divers choose to complete PADI Rescue diver in order to become safer and more confident divers. STW made this blog post to answer the most common questions we hear about the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Find out about the course below!
The Padi Rescue Diver course was developed in order to make divers safer in the water. By studying common issues and problems out of the water, we become better divers in the water. That’s the idea anyway!
PADI Rescue diver is available to adult divers that have completed the PADI Advanced Openwater course. Divers also have to be above twelve years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive (Junior).
Divers have to complete an Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR & First Aid course). Although, you will not have to do this if you already have one. Some employers require you to have one, so you can use this. You can also do this as part of the course. Most dive centres offer this as part of a package, so you can complete everything together.
The PADI Rescue Diver course consists of theory-based dive training and completing ten exercises. These exercises let you practice what you have learnt during the theory course.
Should I Take the PADI Rescue Diver?
Any diver thinking about becoming a Divemaster has to complete this training. This training is invaluable for any person that wants to advance their training further. It also has the benefit of making you safer in the water. Many dive centres also advise all divers to take this course, again due to the safety element.
If you want to feel safer in the water and be able to help your buddy if something goes wrong, this course is also for you. The course also teaches you about problem management. This is invaluable when you have to make split-second decisions. These decisions could also have potentially life-saving decisions.
If you’re looking for a confidence boost in the water, PADI Rescue diver will also help you. Some describe this the ‘most challenging’ course that PADI offers. So, if you complete this, the hardest course is out of the way! Joking of course, but its still good to have.
Underwater navigation is a big part of this course. If you regularly confuse your left and rights or want to increase your knowledge, the Rescue Diver course will help. Underwater navigation is always important, you need to know where you are or where you are going. This skill should be developed by any diver looking to progress.
To be prepared for any situation underwater means to be safe. Of course, you can’t be prepared for everything. No one is expecting an Octopus to grab the Reg from your mouth. But for some of the more common situations, it helps to practice. Medical emergencies require fast decisions and actions. By practising, you hone skills needed in order to save lives or help someone in a situation.
The Next Step on the PADI Journey
As mentioned previously, PADI Rescue Diver is the last step before DiveMaster. If you are eyeing up living the diving lifestyle 24/7, this course is a must. You have to do it and you should want too. No ones going to trust a divemaster that cant help them in the water. Also, you should want to do it. Its a badge of honour, be the person that steps up and helps in difficult times.
Even though some say this is the hardest course, it is also incredibly rewarding. The scenarios are challenging yet fun. The instructors will make sure of this. This is the more ‘serious’ part of the courses but it is still loads of fun!
Why Should I Take PADI Rescue Diver?
Anyone looking to become a more confident diver will benefit from this course. More confident divers can handle adverse situations better. They can also help other divers if anything goes wrong.
The physical nature of this course means it’s an excellent challenge for the diver looking for the next adventure. There is a real sense of accomplishment in completing this course. You’ll feel good completing this one, trust us!
What Is PADI Rescue Diver?
PADI Rescue Diver is primarily designed to train divers in risk avoidance and technical development. The responsive part of the course is designed to give you the tools needed to act in stressful situations if they occur.
The course is the third ‘level’ between PADI Advanced Openwater and PADI Divemaster.
PADI structures the theory in the usual way. You will be watching videos and studying theories based on different segments. Then you will have to pass knowledge reviews and the theory exam. Sounds fun right?
After you pass the theory (well done you!) you are then going to be hitting the pool. Sometimes this is done in shallow water from the boat, but the idea is the conditions are very relaxed. You will be conducting a rescue exercise under the supervision and instruction of the instructor. PADI do this to test how you react in different scenarios.
Finally, you will conduct a few rescue scenarios. This is the ‘role play’ part of the course. Divers are taken out and put into a few ‘real-life’ scenarios. This will be as close to real as possible. Without anyone getting hurt, hopefully!
Is PADI Rescue Diver Hard?
Divers tend to say that this is the most challenging course they do. The mixture of theoretical knowledge and training scenarios can really take it out of you!
During one of the scenarios, you will have to tow an unresponsive diver. It’s no small task to pull another person through the water. The work is physically demanding so it helps to have a relatively high level of fitness!
You also have to learn the correct order of doing this. This is put to the test in the water when you have to tow a diver, check for obstructions and remain buoyant at the same time. This should become second nature after a while. So it gets easier with time.
The basic knowledge of this course will have already been covered in the PADI Open Water & PADI Advanced OpenWater courses. However, the more technical knowledge will be new. If you are not CPR trained, you will also have to get this qualification. Most divers take this at the same time though.
How Long Does the Course Take?
The course usually takes around four days, though this can be reduced if you already have a First Aid Qualification. The days will be split between pool (or very calm) dives and open water dives where you will conduct test scenarios. You will also be completing knowledge reviews and exams. The two confined dives will be used to practice what you have learnt. You also will conduct some basic navigation, so get that compass ready!
The two open water dives will be testing you in real-life scenarios and will be conducted on two separate days.
The First Aid qualification you will do on the first day, this usually takes around four hours. The rest of the days will be an even split between theoretical classroom knowledge and getting wet in a pool or the Ocean.
PADI Rescue Diver Requirements
There are a few requirements that need to be filled before you can complete the PADI Rescue Diver course.
First, you need to be above the age of twelve. You don’t tend to see many kids below this age with the strength to pull an unresponsive diver from the water. So for anyone younger than this, you will have to wait.
Next, you have to have at least PADI Adventure Diver and with the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. This is because an element of the Rescue Diver course is navigation. However, if you have already completed PADI Advanced Open Water, you may have completed Underwater Navigation already.
There is a lot of conflicting information as to whether you need the Advanced Openwater Course before completing PADI Rescue Diver. You do not need to have the Advanced qualification. However, most people go down this route in order to become Divemaster or Master diver.
You are able to complete the Rescue diver course without AOW however you have to have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive. As navigation is a part of this course.
You have to have the EFR course. Again, most people complete this as part of a package with PADI Rescue Diver. However, if you already have this qualification, you can complete a shorter course. Providing, you completed this within twenty-four months.
What Do I Need for PADI Rescue Diver?
The dive centre you do your course with will have all the necessary equipment Other than that, you just need to bring yourself! A good attitude helps too!
If you want, try and find a first aid kit. This is useful during your training and it can be used when not in training. Although hopefully you won’t need it Your dive centre will not expect you to have one on the first day though. It is handy to have a first aid kit in your bag anyway. Cuts, especially coral cuts in the tropics, can turn bad very fast.
You may also want to get a pocket mask, in order to complete the resuscitation practice. But check with the centre first.
PADI Rescue Diver Theory
The theory part of the course can either be done online through an E-Platform or in a traditional classroom. The classroom side of the course is familiar as it follows the same process as the previous courses. There will be some videos and textbook studying before some knowledge reviews and the dreaded exams.
The knowledge you learn will be in relation to common problems in the water and how to resolve them. You will be looking at common problems and how to solve them. This will range from how to deal with unresponsive divers to equipment failure.
The in-water theory is also covered here, where you learn rescue skills and how to manage accidents.
For the in-water rescue exercises, you will be covering 10 activities.
These range from assisting a tired diver at the surface to helping a panicking diver underwater. Divers have to demonstrate how they approach the situation as well as how they have to assist the diver. Rescue divers will also have to show how they locate a missing diver. This is just a flavour of what the PADI Rescue diver course offers!
PADI CPR/ EFR Requirements
In order to become a PADI Rescue Diver, you have to complete the EFR (Emergency First Response) qualification. This training gives you the required skills in case you have to deal with life-threatening situations both in and out of the water. The qualification will also build confidence and enable you to respond to medical emergencies.
Primary Care (CPR) is also taught. This allows you to administer CPR to a patient and treat life-threatening situations.
Secondary Care (First Aid) allows the diver to treat non-life-threatening conditions in the event that a person is in pain, but not in need of urgent medical attention.
Next, the diver will learn how to administer First Aid to children, as there will be a different treatment pattern to follow.
CPR training is conducted on a dummy as will Automated Defibrillator Training (AED).
After you have done all this, you will officially be a PADI Rescue Diver! Congratulations, you earnt it!
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