PADI Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a bridging point between primarily looking out for oneself and looking out for others. The rescue course focuses on techniques that enable you to expand your reach unto others while maintaining your own safety in consideration.

For those of you who are building experience towards the PADI Divemaster course or if you are interested in expanding your knowledge so that you can be confident in emergency situations, then this diving course is for you.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is an ideal course to do in the Cape Town waters, the reason for this being that our topography and hugely diverse underwater habitat offers you an array of different environments to test your skills.


Day 1 - Introduction and Theory: You come to collect your PADI Rescue Diver materials from our Simon's Town facility. We will then brief you with regards to the self study portion you need to complete at home. This should take no longer than 3 hours.

Day 2 - Theory and Skill Development: This will be a full day where we will be rounding off all the theory you completed. We will however spend most of the day in the swimming pool or in a confined water setting in the ocean where we will go over Rescue Diver skills.

Day 3 - Assessment: Once you're confident in the rescue diver skills you learned during the skill development phase of the course you will now be put to the test. You will be put in to different scenarios that don't have a straight forward "in the box" way of being resolved, you will then use the knowledge you have built up thus far to resolve the situation. According to most divers who have done a PADI SCUBA diving course, this is the most memorable day of their training, we hope to make it yours as well.


We believe that a theoretical background is essential to a Rescue Diver. The reason for this being that there are many situations that can be prevented by simply knowing what to look out for. The best Rescue Divers are those that identify a possible emergency and manage it before it gets out of hand.

Because of the need to properly understand the concepts of being a PADI Rescue Diver, this course has an Knowledge Development and a Examination portion to it.

  1. Knowledge Development: You will receive the PADI Rescue Diver manual when you sign up to the course. If you had done your PADI Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water courses you will quickly recognise the structure of the manual. You will need to complete all the knowledge review segments of the manual and watch the PADI Rescue Diver DVD. Once this is done you will meet with your PADI Instructor at the Simon's Town facility where you will review the work you have done.
  2. Final Exam: Once both yourself and your PADI Instructor believe that you understand the concepts of being a PADI Rescue Diver, you will move on to the examination portion of the course. You will receive a multiple choice exam where you need to score at least 75% to pass. All questions that you failed to answer correctly will need to be clarified to you before you can be certified.
Skills Development

During this portion of the course you will be taught the following Exercises:

  1. Tired Diver
  2. Panicked Diver
  3. Response from shore, boat or dock (responsive diver)
  4. Distressed Diver Underwater
  5. Missing Diver
  6. Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
  7. Unresponsive Diver at the Surface
  8. Exiting the Unresponsive Diver
  9. First Aid for Pressure-Related Injuries and Oxygen Administration
  10. Response from Shore/Boat to Unresponsive (no breathing) Diver at the Surface

Once you run through all of these skills with your PADI Instructor you will also have the rest of the day to practice the skills. Your PADI Instructor and his certified assistant will be there to assist you while you master these exercises.

You will also need to demonstrate skills from the Self-Rescue Review during this session.


You will need to demonstrate all 10 skills you learned during the skill development portion of the course in open water, this is usually done at the SS Clan Stuart wreck close to the Simon's Town facility.

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