Up for some serious fun? Want to learn new skills?
The PADI Rescue Diver Course is often labelled as “serious fun!”
During your Open water training the focus was on making you a safe diver with a good understanding of the fundamental aspects of scuba diving, then your Advanced course focus was task orientated, being able to navigate a straight line and square, understanding the effects of deep diving on your body and equipment. Each of these courses have prepared you for this type of training, where now the focus is towards other divers, lots of the skills learnt so far apply directly to this course.
Remember on your Open water course you learnt how to take care of a cramp, breath from an Alternate Air Source, tow a tired diver, your Advanced course helped you to find your way around underwater through navigation and Deep diving showed you how nitrogen affects us, all of these skills will be reinforced, reviewed or reintroduced through this course.
As a PADI Rescue Diver, we will be able to manage an emergency situation, provide assistance while coordinating emergency service responses.
Our key role though, is prevention, being aware and identifying a possible problem before it occurs. This could be as simple as replacing a worn mask strap before a diver enters the water, noticing signs of stress in a diver before a dive and being able to talk them through the problem, or offering to buddy with a less experienced diver so that they relax and enjoy the dive.
As a certified PADI Rescue Diver you can fine tune your observation and problem solving skills by being a “Rescue Assistant” for divers in training, Open water students, Advanced students and even Specialty students.
Speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team for more information on this.
What’s included in the PADI Rescue Diver Course
PADI Rescue Diver Manual
PADI Rescue Diver Certification card
PADI Rescue Diver Certificate of Recognition
Tanks and fills for the pool session and Openwater sessions
Marine Park Fees
Who can become a PADI Rescue Diver
PADI Junior Adventure Diver – 12-14 years old – Certified Adult supervision
PADI Advanced Openwater Diver – 15 years up
PADI Junior Adventure Diver certification must include Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
What you need
Medical from a Doctor stating you “are fit to dive” if we don’t already have one on record
*EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months (Valid First Aid training within 24 months)
Mask, Fins and Snorkel
Exposure suit appropriate for the local environment
Regulator with SPG (Submersible Pressure Gauge)
Alternate Air Source suitable for sharing air
BCD with low pressure inflator
Complete instrumentation, including a means to monitor depth, time and direction
Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/eRDPML
Diving tool/knife capable of cutting line
Slate and pencil
Whistle and surface signalling device
Speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team about hire rates for dive students
*If you do not have any First Aid Certification, please speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team.
International Travellers and Busy People
If you complete your PADI Rescue Diver in another location, Australia or any other part of the world, you can bring your referral paperwork/log book and complete the last two (2) Open water Days to receive your PADI Rescue Diver Certification Card, PADI Rescue Diver Certificate of Recognition.
Complete your study, including the quizzes and knowledge reviews in another location, Australia or any other part of the world, then come to Whitsunday Diving Academy for the pool sessions and then complete the last two (2) Open water days.
An excellent option if you are planning a holiday here and would like to be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver while you are here.
Questions and Schedule
For the classroom and pool session you will need to bring your “knowledge review” completed for each of the five (5) modules, swimmers, towel and personal equipment if you have it (mask, fins and snorkel)
For the Open water days you will need swimmers, towel, hat, sun block and personal equipment if you have it (mask, fins and snorkel)
Any questions about the PADI Rescue Diver Course or the schedule, please speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team.