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Rescue Diver

Join the qualified and experienced dive team at Adelaide Scuba for an experience like no other.


What will you learn in the Rescue Diver course?

Every PADI Rescue Diver you speak to will tell you that it is the best course on offer. Whilst by far, the most physically demanding course in the PADI repertoire, this course in the space of just one weekend you will feel the change in your own diving habits, views and limits. This course offers a different perspective on diving with buddies and other divers in general.

The best part… It’s fun! Learn what to do in dangerous situations, how to search for a missing diver and if you find them, how to bring them back to the surface safely. No one ever wants to be in a position where their Rescue Diver skills are required, but wouldn’t you rather be prepared?

How it Works

Here's how it works

First thing you’ll need with the Adelaide Scuba PADI Rescue Diver course is a reasonable idea about first aid. If you don’t have this, we will train you on the night before your rescue course so it’s fresh in your mind. At Adelaide Scuba The PADI EFR and PADI Oxygen Provider course is always run in conjunction with the Rescue Diver Course. If you already have a current first aid certificate or Oxygen Provider, no need to worry, its on with the show for you!

Days 1 and 2

On Day 1 and 2 of the Adelaide Scuba RESCUE Diver course, your Instructor will go through all of the areas of what usually causes problems with relation to diving incidents, you will learn about self rescue and the rescue of others, you will be trained in correct search procedures and be given an insight into how to best manage any situation thrown at you. Diver stress, being able to spot it and remedy it is another very important area covered in this fantastic course. Theory done and it’s off to the ocean for a hard day at the office. Here your Instructor will more than likely choose diving conditions a little less than ideal for pleasure diving, after all how often are you likely to need to rescue someone in a pool? Here you will be put through the paces in locating missing divers and safe ascents and descents, next you will have some surface fun with role playing as a panicked diver, Rescue Diver beware, this one gets messy! There is so much more to do but we wont tell you it all now, you’ll have nothing to find out for yourself!

Day 3 and 4

On days 3 and 4, you are back into it with some really well planned Rescue Scenarios. Adelaide Scuba’s Instructional team have the best rescue scenarios which will really keep you on your toes… or fins really. Don’t think it’s all over when everyone is safe at the shore… you just never know what might happen next. Love of hate your instructor during the course… did we mention it was a physical one? – you will have nothing but praise at the end when your training all fall into place and you feel like a real ready to go PADI Rescue Diver.

After these days, it’s a trip back to the store as a qualified Adelaide Scuba PADI Rescue Diver! You have just completed a course which not only helps yourself, but helps others. This is one of diving’s most selfless acts and you are to be congratulated for your hard work. You are now officially able to qualify as a Master Scuba Diver (if you have 5 specialty certifications) Which is the highest level achievable as a recreational diver!! Well Done.

Let’s go one step further… You are now one course away to becoming a Adelaide Scuba PADI Professional.

Naturally you are now also officially a member of Adelaide Scuba’s elite and a part of the most active dive club in Adelaide. We are diving next week for free… want to join us? Welcome Aboard!


Rescue Course Pre-requisites

  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
  • Current Emergency First Response (First Aid) certification - if you don't already hold this qualification this can be added on to your Rescue Diver Course for only $149!
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to bring any gear myself (for example mask, snorkel, fins and dive boots)?

All gear will be provided by Adelaide Scuba (excluding mask and snorkel). However, we will still teach you about the different types of gear available and to maximize your enjoyment of the experience, we do recommend coming in-store to have a look at our mask range - your dive mask is the most important piece of equipment you will invest in. Feel free to come in and try some on!

What If I fail my dive medical?

It is always best to read through the medical questionnaire first to determine if you need doctor clearance. If you have a known medical condition we encourage you to seek out the medical and gain clearance before you commence your eLearning. A medical clearance by a diving doctor will last for 12 months. The eLearning portion of the course is not refundable and once commenced the course is not refundable by Adelaide Scuba. Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions about how this process works.

Can I reschedule the course if I cannot complete the online training in time or get my medical in time?

Rescheduling is available for any reason, however there is rescheduling fee of $100 if this is within 14 days of the course start. As soon as your course space is booked with us there is a lot of preparation in place to ensure your gear and Instructor is available. We ask that you please give us as much notice as you can - our courses are scheduled 12 months in advance and can be booked out up to 3 months in advance at some times of the year.

I have a voucher, can I use this for the course cost?

Yes, of course! You can put your voucher towards your Learn To Dive Course, all vouchers redeemed MUST be within the expiry date & will not be extended.

What happens when there is a turn in the weather?

Adelaide Scuba staff monitor the weather forecasts closely all year round and will provide you with as much notice as possible if the conditions look unsafe for scuba diving. Water conditions are not always determined by sunshine but primarily by wind, rain, current and swell. South Australia has a variety of dive sites, which are suitable in varying weather conditions. If the prediction is for unsafe conditions we may have to reschedule the course dives to another time & will discuss this based on student and Instructor availability.

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