What you will learn:

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.

Check at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center to get advice about everything you need for your diving adventures.

Equipment needed:

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. In Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center we will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

For Rescue Course as a minimum, you'll want your own:

These have a personal fit, and Tarpoon Lagoon we will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

  • You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
  • You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
  • Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
  • Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.

The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most.

** 10% OFF for our students.

What to expect:

Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center is proud to have all the amenities needed for your course in ONE LOCATION with FREE parking in the heart of South Beach! This makes for a very stress free learning experience. Once you've checked in on the morning of class we will sit back in The Lagoon Lounge for a relaxing review of the materials you've completed, after that will build upon your experience in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean for your Certification dives.

Over 3 a day period we will cover the classroom review and exam for the Rescue Diver Course, Complete your Confined Water Sessions to build confidence in your ability to assist in a real life rescue. Finally we will evaluate your skill in Open Water Scenarios. The schedule is Semi-Custom and can be worked to fit your personal needs. If you are not already current in your First Aid and CPR Training, we are happy to provide that as well prior to your Rescue Diver Course. 

Personal items to bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals
  • Change clothes
  • Lunch / Money