Become a PADI Rescue Diver. Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively rescue both yourself and others when emergency situations arise.

The PADI Rescue Diver program is divided into two separate courses, the PADI Rescue Diver course and the Emergency First Response course or EFR. The instruction includes both above and below water training and will make the diver more confident in their own rescue skills. Through a series of in water exercises and diving scenarios the rescue diver program will teach divers how to react appropriately to emergency situations and deliver potentially lifesaving assistance.

EFR - Primary and Secondary Care

The EFR course is a one day course, conducted in the classroom and divided into primary and secondary care. Using a variety of teaching aids, first aid kits and oxygen systems students will practice responding to different emergency scenarios during the course. Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. Through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice participants will learn the skills necessary to provide care when emergency situations arise.

Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course:

    Scene Assessment, Barrier Use, Primary Assessment, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Serious Bleeding Management, Shock Management, Spinal Injury Management, Conscious and Unconscious Choking Management.
    Additional Skills
    – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use
    – Emergency Oxygen Use.

Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. Participants focus on secondary assessment and first aid during knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice.

Secondary Skills taught in this course:

    Injury Assessment
    Illness Assessment
    Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures

PADI Rescue Diver

After completion of the EFR course students may begin the Rescue Diver course. Over four days we will learn and practice skills such as

    Tired Diver
    Panicked diver
    Response from shore, boat or dock
    Distressed Diver Underwater
    Missing Diver
    Surfacing and exiting an unresponsive diver
    First Aid for Pressure-Related Injuries and Oxygen Administration

These exercises begin in confined water allowing the student ample time for skill mastery. After the confined water skills are completed students will complete more advanced rescue scenarios on the dive boat and at the dive sites. These will include a missing diver scenario, pressure related injury and an unconscious diver at the surface. At this point the students will combine the individual skills learned and respond to each emergency as the primary rescuer. The rescue diver course will not only teach divers to deal with emergencies safely but also to notice potential problems and accidents before they occur.

Course Structure

PADI Rescue Diver is a combination of courses; students will first complete the Emergency First Response course before beginning the rescue diver course. EFR is a primary and secondary care first aid course and takes one day to complete. The rescue course is a mix of academics, confined water and open water dives.
Confined Water

There are a number of skills for the student divers to complete before the open water section, including self-rescue, panicked/tired diver response, response from shore/boat, unresponsive diver underwater/surface, missing diver, exiting unresponsive divers and first aid for pressure-related injuries and
oxygen administration.
Open Water

After completing the skills in confined water student divers need to complete two scenarios in the open water, the first being a missing diver scenario and the second an unresponsive diver at the surface. In the scenarios student divers will work as a team to complete the scenarios.

Certification Details

Rescue Divers are trained to react to emergencies both on land and while diving. Those divers who complete their divemaster certification have the option to complete their EFR Instructor rating and conduct EFR courses independently.

Course Requirements

Minimum Age - 12 yrs. old

Prerequisite - PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent from another training organization.

Time - Min 4 days

Price - $400 (plus materials)

*includes rental equipment, taxes and transportation.

Our Divemaster internship program gives you the experience and skills necessary to be employable in the dive industry. The program is structured to ensure you get hands on experience with all aspects of diving – from leading fun divers on our scheduled trips and assisting Instructors during their courses to repairing and maintaining scuba diving equipment.

Before you decide on the Divemaster internship program you should look at the duties and responsibilities of a PADI Divemaster. These can be found on the PADI website and are outlined briefly, scroll down to read a more detailed explanation. Essentially a Divemaster is responsible for supervising diving activities, conducting scuba review courses and can also assist Instructors with their PADI courses.

The length of your program will depend on a number of factors including your current certification level, number of logged dives and dive experience. If you are looking to turn your diving hobby into a career a longer internship will be more beneficial, allowing you to gain practical work experience as a Divemaster before seeking employment or becoming a PADI Instructor.

The core aspects of the Divemaster program take on average 6 weeks to complete. Any additional time spent at the dive center will further prepare you to work in the dive industry, whether it be acting as a DM on our daily trips or continuing your dive education. Students do not need to have their own diving equipment and are welcome to use our rental gear for the duration of the program. However, all students must have their own watch/ dive computer and backup in order to keep track of dive profiles and a safety marker for drift and training dives. We encourage students to invest in their own dive gear and we have equipment deals for interns including regulators, BCD’s and dive computers.

Pricing will vary, please contact us for more information.

The PADI Divemaster course requirements can be divided into four broad categories, knowledge development, water-skills development, dive skills workshops and practical application.

Knowledge Development

The course fees include a PADI Divemaster Crew-pack, a set of manuals, tables and workbooks for you to read and complete during your divemaster course. The Divemaster manual and Encyclopedia of Diving have a range of diving information along with a workbook to help you work through the information. Your PADI Instructor manual outlines the key standards for the courses you can conduct as a DM and for those you may assist a PADI Instructor with. The instructor manual also lists the skill requirements and outlines methods for conducting PADI courses.

Water-skills Development

To ensure that student divers are physically fit to act as a PADI Divemaster there are a number of timed swimming exercises to complete as well as a skill known as an equipment exchange. Also known as the stress test, student divers will exchange all scuba equipment (besides wetsuit and weights) while maintaining neutral buoyancy in 6m/20ft of water. While this would never be required of a divemaster underwater the skill is used to challenge student divers and to have them experience the changes in buoyancy and competence that occur as a diver becomes stressed.

Dive Skills Workshop

As a PADI DM you will be qualified to conduct the Scuba Review course, a refresher of the 24 basic scuba diving skills that are taught in the open water course. The workshop is done a number of times during the divemaster internship and your instructor will help you master these skills and show you the step by step methodology used in the PADI system to teach each skill. Once students are comfortable they will conduct a scuba review of their own under the supervision of their Instructor.

Practical Application

This section is the culmination of all the skills you have learned during the course, it consists of five practical skills, five workshops and four assessments of your abilities when working with student divers during courses and certified divers on dive trips.

Practical Skills

Skill 1 - Dive site setup and management

Skill 2 - Dive Site Mapping Project

Skill 3 - Dive Briefing

Skill 4 - Search and Recovery Scenario

Skill 5 - Deep Dive Scenario

Workshops - Divemaster conducted Programs

Workshop 1 - Scuba Review in Confined Water

Workshop 2 - Skin Diver Course and Supervision

Workshop 3 - Discover Scuba Diving Program

Workshop 4 - Discover Scuba Diving Program - additional OW Dive

Workshop 5 - Discover Local Diving

Practical Assessments

1. Open water diver students in confined water

2. Open water diver students in open water

3. Continuing Education student divers in open water

4. Certified divers in open water

Divemaster Duties
Active status Divemasters are authorized to:

1. Supervise both training and fun diving activities by
planning, organizing and directing dives.
2. Assist an instructor during confined and open water training.
3. Guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion
of Open Water Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a 2:1 ratio, under the
instructor’s indirect supervision.
4. Accompany Open Water Diver students under the instructor’s
indirect supervision during surface swims to and from the
entry/exit point and during navigational exercises; as well as
supervise remaining students when the instructor conducts a
5. Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or
specialty course dives under the instructor’s indirect
6. Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers independently. This also
includes conducting the PADI Seal Team Aqua Mission: Skin
Diver Specialist.
7. Conduct the Discover Snorkeling program.
8. Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect
supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants at a 2:1
ratio, after participants have satisfactorily completed the first
dive with an instructor.
9. Conduct the Discover Local Diving experience.
10. Conduct the Scuba Review program for certified divers, or for
PADI Scuba Divers who are refreshing their skills.
11. Conduct the skin diving skills segment of the Open Water
Diver course during any confined water dive.
12. If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently
conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or in confined open
13. Accompany certified PADI Scuba Divers on subsequent dives.
14. After completing the corresponding instructor training,
a. Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under
the direction of a PADI Instructor.
b. Emergency Oxygen Provider courses.