Learn What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Becoming a PADI Rescue Diver will provide you with the confidence and knowledge you need to handle an emergency situation in the water.
The PADI Rescue Diver course is all about teaching you skills that we hope you will never have to use. Diving is, of course, a very safe activity, especially when we follow our Open Water training. However, when something goes wrong, things can become serious extremely quickly. In the unlikely event that an emergency situation arises, certified divers need to know how to get themselves and their buddies out of danger. And we should not assume that a more experienced diver will always be on hand to sort the issue for you.
This is why the PADI Rescue Diver is such an important course. And indeed, why we believe that all certified divers should be looking to get Rescue-certified. In the event of an emergency, you cannot guarantee that your guide or instructor will be there to perform an in-water rescue – it might even be your guide who is having the medical problem. In the water, things happen fast, and we need to be able to respond immediately.
During the course, you’ll learn to prevent and manage both major and minor problems in the water. You’ll cover topics such as performing a self-rescue, how to recover an unconscious diver, you to deal with a panicked diver, towing tired divers, administering in-water rescue breaths, and providing instructions to others.
Whilst the course can be physically quite challenging it is also a lot of fun. In fact, most instructors will name the Rescue Diver course as their favourite to teach. You’ll have to hone your acting skills as you role play different scenarios, which is why enrolling for the course with your favourite dive buddy is a great idea.
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Other Things To Consider
As the PADI Rescue Diver course is so skills intensive, we cannot teach this course during normal boat dives as the conditions would not be conducive. What this means is that we teach this course during the afternoons in the Fulidhoo Lagoon. The lagoon is an excellent teaching environment for the course as we do often need to be in shallower water with a flat bottom.
So if you are planning on coming to Fulidhoo to do your Rescue Diver training, we suggest that you stay long enough to do your training in the afternoons, while also joining our morning dives to experience the amazing diving we have to offer. Take a look at our Rescue & Dive package which includes the Emergency First Response course, the Rescue Diver course alongside a number of fun dives as well. Remember having completed your First Aid training (usually the EFR course) within the last 24 months is a prerequisite of the Rescue Diver course.