Age + 12 YRS
Duration 2 to 3 days
Price €365

Described by scuba divers as the most challenging, yet the most rewarding of all courses. The PADI Rescue course will demonstrate there is no single right or wrong way to do a rescue task. You will complete 10 exercises, step by step. This progression builds up confidence and knowledge of a rescue scenario. As a result, you will complete 2 final scenarios at the end of your course. During the two scenarios, you will demonstrate your ability to deal with a real rescue incident.

 The PADI Rescue course is demanding and very physical. It will require stamina, good buoyancy control and confidence. Under PADI Pro supervision, you will practise skills in shallow water first, then move into deeper water. However, the challenge is big, but the PADI Rescue course provides a lot of laughter and fun. BUT it is serious fun!

Who should take this course?

Maybe you should ask yourself ‘WHY’ should I take this course? Because here you learn to prevent and manage problems both in and out of the water, keeping yourself and others safe.

It is a confidence-boosting course, assuring you, as a diver that you possess the confidence and ability required to help others in difficulty. Buddy skills and in-water practise will teach you how to think, act and solve problems in a safe manner.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue course builds upon what you have already learnt in previous courses. It prepares you to deal with emergencies, minor or major, both in and out of the water using a variety of techniques. The course will demonstrate that there is no RIGHT way to do a rescue scenario, but it teaches you to draw on variables and resources that are available to you. Here you will take into account and consider, the rescuer’s size and strength, the size of the victim along with environmental factors that may dictate how the rescue is to be performed.

During the course you will:

  • Complete the knowledge development sections of the course
  • Practice in water rescue scenarios, putting into practice what you learnt in the knowledge development sections
  • Self-rescue
  • Recognising stress and stress management in other divers, both on the surface and underwater
  • How to manage an emergency and emergency equipment
  • Rescuing a panicked diver
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers, both underwater and on the surface

What Scuba gear will you use?

  • Basic scuba diving equipment
  • Use of compass, dive computer and timing device
  • Pocket mask for in-water resuscitation
  • Handle and use Oxygen Kits and First Aid Kits
  • Use of mannequins for classroom scenarios

Your PADI Instructor may suggest and explain what other required additional gear may be needed.

What learning materials do you require?

Contact us at DiveSMART to schedule and plan your PADI Rescue course.

You have the option of;

  • Studying with the PADI Rescue manual and watch a PADI Rescue DVD, in our classroom along with your PADI Instructor.
  • Registering online now with PADI to start your eLearning program. This allows you to learn at home, at your own pace through an up-to-date and easy-to-use interactive program. It consists of five knowledge development sections and online access to the PADI Rescue manual.

For more information on PADI eLearning, please follow this link PADI eLearning


  • Participants must be 12 years of age or older
  • Minimum PADI (Junior) Adventure diver and completed Adventure Dive Underwater Navigation
  • Emergency First Response, Primary and Secondary Care (EFR) completed within the last 24 months
  • Participants under the age of 18 years need parent or guardian consent
  • Complete a medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health

Emergency First Response can be completed during the PADI Rescue Course if the participant has not completed this upfront.

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course is also available at a special rate alongside the Rescue Course.


Two to three days

  • Knowledge development sessions
  • Ten rescue exercises
  • Two open water scenarios

Cost €365.00 (classroom learning)

  • Includes PADI Manual and Certification
  • Transport to and from the dive site if required
  • Including Equipment
  • Pocket Mask not included

Cost €365.00 (eLearning)

  • Transport to and from the dive site if required
  • Including Equipment
  • Your PADI certification is in your eLearning pack
  • eLearning Pak is included
  • Pocket Mask is not included
  • Please read the Prerequisites here

What is your next step?

Do you know what to do in an emergency? If not – sign up for this course now or, sign up for eLearning with PADI for your PADI Rescue Diver Course Online now!

Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, with five specialities you can join this highly-rated scuba diver level.

Become a confident diver, check out the opportunity to take on the challenge of becoming a PADI Divemaster. This can be done as an Internship or through the PADI Divemaster Course

Click on the link to study the theoretical backgrounds before arriving in Gozo – anytime, anywhere!
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