PADI Rescue Diver

Having built up your diving skills and experience, are you now looking to take your diving to a higher level? A PADI Rescue Diver is trained to start looking after not just himself in the water, but fellow divers as well… a pre-requisite to leadership training.

Why PADI Rescue Diver?

The Rescue Diver course in an exciting and involving course that is designed to teach you the basics of dealing with distress situations in the diving environment. It teaches you how to deal with the serious nature of accident prevention and management. You are not taught how to deal with accident situations ‘text book’ style, as real life situations are rarely develop in this way. Instead you are taught a comprehensive and diverse range of skills that that can be applied to manage any emergency scenario. The course is demanding, but serious fun!!

Upcoming Courses (back to top)

No courses organised at the moment, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Need more flexibility?

Theory session held at Cardiff Scuba premises

Pool Session fo Rescue Skills held at Fitzalan High School Pool

Rescue Scenarios for Assessment held at the National Diving & Activity Centre - Chepstow. 

How do I book myself on a course?

To book yourself on a course please select one of the courses above, send us a message, and we will get back to you to discuss further details.

Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"A challenging course, with realistic actions and scenarios. Very educational and extremely rewarding.

I couldn’t have felt more comfortable with Cardiff Scuba. With so much safety cover and experience surrounding us I felt totally at ease.

Cardiff scuba really do place you in a comfortable atmosphere. With staff and volunteers so friendly and close I really felt like part of the gang. "

From Anthony Williams , course taken June 2019

"What a course - everyone says that it's tough but true! The course really gets you to focus on those around you and how to be a safe and effective RD.

If your developing as a diver this is a total must as you experience things that you hope you wont have to in your day to day dives, but my word, you are you better prepared for it if it does ever happen!

Level up has been used on a previous comment - hardest and most rewarding course since doing Open Water!!!

Thanks to Rob and all the fantastic support team for their encouragement, support and patience over the last two days.

Special call out to James (DMT) who was great - good luck on your ongoing development and thanks for being challenging yet supportive!

Excellent two days! "

From Richard Godfrey, course taken June 2019

"By far the most challenging, humbling but rewarding course!

I had a fantastic weekend with Rob and his gang. I would recommend the course to all divers and urge anyone considering to simply ‘do it’.

Thanks to everyone in involved for your knowledge, support and humour."

From Tom, course taken June 2019

"I was tempted to do this course abroad but due to my previous training with Rob and all the staff at Cardiff Scuba I felt that because of the importance of in depth, safe guidance that I have always recieved from Cardiff Scuba that I would train with these guys once again.

I knew that the course was not going to be easy but this only added to the satisfaction of passing. I look forward to fine tuning the skills that I have learned to increase my confidence and efficiency in the near future.

Once again thank you very much to Rob and his amazing team and look forward to catching up with you all soon."

From Kitt Kendell, course taken June 2019

"Thanks to both Rob and Brennig for a thorough and enjoyable rescue course.

Definitely the biggest jump in intensity of the courses but thoroughly interesting and very realistic and I feel I have developed greatly as a diver.

Would definitely recommend Cardiff Scuba for any scuba courses as you definitely feel you have worked for the course rather than just turning up!"

From Alex Joseph, course taken March 2019

"As always, a big thank you to the guys at Cardiff Scuba for teaching an intense but rewarding Rescue Course.
Definitely consider taking this next step with Cardiff Scuba if you want to increase your responsibility and role within the Dive community!"

From James Preece, course taken February 2019

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Further information on PADI Rescue Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

The manual is included in course fees. To receive certification as a PADI Rescue Diver, you must also have completed a sanctioned CPR and First Aid course in the last 24 months.

Please ask for more information on the Emergency First Response course that can be completed in conjunction with your Rescue Diver qualification.


What will I do?

We aim as be as flexible as possible in the scheduling of this course. You will need to complete one academic sessions, one pool (or confined water) session, and one or two days of open water work. In this time you learn about accident prevention, diving first aid, equipment function, accident management, search & recovery, surface resuscitation. All this culminates in two full-on accident scenarios for you to assess and manage.

How long will it take?

Please take a look at the timetable for the course you are interested in. The course will run as follows:

  • Theory Session on the Tuesday evening from 6pm - 9pm
  • Pool Skills practice session on the Wednesday evening from 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Rescue Assessment on the Saturday starting at 8am and finishing dependant of class progress
  • Sunday will be available should the class not complete all reqwuire on the Saturday.
  • pmsion is at the NDAC, starting at 8am.

What previous experience do I need?

Anyone wishing to enrol on the Rescue Diver Course must be at least an Advanced Open Water Diver (or an equivalent qualification from another training agency) with at least 20 logged dives.

What do the fees include?

All equipment required for course All Pool costs Course Manual / Slates Course Exams All airfills required for course All professional tuition Insurance costs while on the course Registration fees with PADI upon completion

What don't fees include?

Entry fee to dive site used for the Open Water dives Costs of transportation to and from dive sites Any personal costs (eg. food, drink, accommodation

What's next?

Upon successful completion of all segments of your Rescue Diver Course, you will have taken an important step to become a diving professional. Beyond Rescue Diver is the prestigious Divemaster qualification - the first in a series of professionally recognised certifications.


Alternatively you can proceed to Master Scuba Diver level – the highest possible non-professional qualification that PADI offers.