The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding a diver ’s knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. PADI Rescue divers learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. This is why the PADI Rescue Diver rating is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Scuba Instructor). Rescue diver training readies you to help prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies using a variety of techniques. The course is designed to be demanding, though realistic in its conduct, content and approach. Although the nature and context in which rescue training may be used is serious, the course should be enjoyable and build your confidence. At Divers Incorporated, we tend to call the PADI Rescue Diver Course "Serious Fun." This Program was updated by PADI to include more hands on training and pool work, while making the open water session more practical applications with "real life" scenarios.
The PADI Rescue Diver course philosophy is that there is rarely only one way to accomplish a task. There is no “right” way to perform a rescue, but rather many options from which rescuers draw depending on the scenario. The PADI Rescue Diver course takes a flexible, conceptual approach to performing rescues — a rescuer’s relative size and strength, for example, as well as environmental factors dictate what rescue technique may be most effective. Rescue training exercises provide for individual differences and capabilities while encouraging you to experiment with alternate techniques.
During this course you will learn to first think about the options available for handling an emergency, Then to act using the best method for the situation.