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RESCUE DIVER Prevent problems, and manage them if they occur.

The Go Dive Rescue Diver course is known as the most challenging, yet deeply rewarding course in the PADI recreational diving suite of courses.  You will learn what to do in dangerous situations, how to search for a missing diver and when you find them, how to bring them back to the surface safely.  You will also further develop your recognition of problems before or as they occur, and associated prevention and management skills.  While the course is both demanding and serious, it is also one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling.  You will be laughing with your fellow students one moment and then responding to a challenging scenario the next.  Once certified, you will be a better diver, a much sought after buddy, and significantly better equipped to help others if needed.

You'll develop your skills by completing theory, skill development and practice in the pool, further skill development and exercises during a shore diving day, and finally a boat diving day to complete residual exercise activity and some realistic capstone scenarios.

Theory Evening

We will review Rescue theory and ensure successful completion of the Rescue Manual Knowledge Reviews as well as complete the Rescue Diver Exam.  You will also be given guidance for completing an Emergency Assistance Plan (EAP) and instruction for developing your own EAP.

Pool Day – (Confined Water)

A long but fun day in confined water consisting of skill development, role playing and scenario responses preparing you for the Open Water days ahead.

Shore Diving Day – (Open Water)

We will conduct skill development through exercises and scenarios in shallow water from the beach/shore as well as some deeper water activities.

Double Boat Dive Day – (Open Water)

We will do some rescue exercises in deep water using a boat as the diving platform, conduct familiarisation with boat rescue and safety equipment, as well as conduct the final capstone rescue scenarios.  You will also submit your EAP for evaluation on this day.


To take this course, you must:

  • be a PADI Advanced Diver and 15 years of age (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
  • hold First Aid and CPR certifications prior to starting your course (also available from Go Dive Brisbane if required).
  • have completed a medical statement within the past 12 months and gained clearance from a diving doctor if so required.

For $899, You'll Learn

The knowledge and skills you get from the Rescue Diver course include:

  • Responding to responsive divers at the surface, either calm or panicking.
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers at the surface.
  • Searching for and locating a missing diver underwater.
  • Rescuing distressed and/or panicking divers underwater
  • Surfacing unresponsive divers and getting them to shore or boat
  • First Aid for pressure related injuries and basic oxygen administration
  • Development of Emergency Assistance Plans

The Equipment You Need

  • Full SCUBA diving gear (also available for rent from Go Dive if you do not have all your own equipment yet).
  • Pocket mask (provided as part of Rescue Crew Pack).
  • 30m finger reel
  • DSMB


The Learning Materials You Need

This course is done utilising the PADI Rescue Diver manual which will be provided to you once you have booked on to the course.  You will also receive an Emergency Management slate and a Rescue DVD which you should view before the course commences.  Your crew pack will also contain a pocket mask with O2 port which you will need during the course.

Your Next Adventure

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the GO DIVE BRISBANE Team members.

Normally $899 our special Price $799 

Upcoming Dates


Details for our next Rescue Course as follows:


  • Theory evening - 16 March at Go Dive commencing at 7.00pm
  • Confined Water - 18 Mar at Craigslea pool commencing at 8.00am
  • Shore Day - 19 Mar at Gold Coast Seaway commencing at 5.30am
  • Boat Day - 25 Mar at East Coast Marine commencing at 5.30am



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