Rescue Diver

Scuba diving is a fantastic way to unwind after a hectic week at work – there’s nothing more relaxing than the peace and quiet of the underwater world. While some people get out and dive just about every weekend, others might only dive a couple of times a month. With this comes varying levels of skill and competence. Becoming a better diver is a goal we all strive for and there’s no better way to improve your skills and confidence than completing our PADI Rescue Diver program. By the end of the program you will appreciate the importance such training has on personal safety, safety of others and the sport of diving as a whole.

Our Rescue Diver program is conducted over one weekend. We start off with a theory review. Topics of discussion include stress, stress in diving – causes and prevention, detecting and dealing with stress, accident management, rescue skills and conditions that complicate rescues. Your knowledge will be evaluated on Saturday morning; followed by an inwater training session on Saturday afternoon.

You will become confident in performing skills such as locating missing divers, carrying out search procedures, approaching conscious and unconscious divers, surfacing with panicked or unconscious divers from depth and, in-water resuscitation. Once skill development has been completed you will participate in a series of diving accident scenarios incorporating the skills that you have developed during the course.

In-water session 1 … Saturday ... Skills Development

Skill development session 1 is conducted in confined water. Pool/ confined water training allows you to improve your comfort and proficiency of important skills such as buoyancy control, no-mask breathing, airway control, mask clearing and assisting others in a relaxed and fun environment.

In-water session 2 … Sunday … Open Water Rescue Skills

Open water training permits more realistic practice of rescue skills but is still held in a non-threatening and enjoyable environment. You will learn to anticipate problems that may occur, identify if a problem exists and the various ways in which you can respond. Entries, exits, assists, searches and rescues will be practiced.

In-water session 3 … Sunday … Open Water Scenarios

Rescue scenarios allow you to become confident in your decision-making and ability to perform a rescue. Your Instructor will set up a number of exercises in which you will take turns with your fellow students at role playing - both as a rescuer and as a victim.

Program includes:

:: PADI Rescue Diver training manual and work slate.
:: 3 Instructor-led training sessions – including confined water training.
:: Instructor and professional fees.
:: PADI Rescue Diver certification card.
:: Use of all SCUBA equipment including regulators, BCD, gauges, compass, weightbelt, cylinders and wetsuit.

*Scuba equipment must include primary regulator, octopus regulator, BCD, pressure gauge, depth gauge (or dive computer), compass, exposure suit, weight system and scuba cylinder.

Additional equipment required for this program includes writing slate, dive knife, whistle and surface marker buoy.

Program requirements:

:: Open Water certification – SSI, PADI or equivalent – with a minimum 24 logged dives OR
:: Advanced Open Water certification – SSI, PADI or equivalent – with a minimum 20 logged dives.
:: Scuba* and snorkelling equipment.
:: Bathers and towel.
:: Minimum age is 16 years with no maximum age.

Please Note: Students must either obtain; or hold a current First Aid certificate prior to Rescue Diver certification. Students who hold a current First Aid certificate must provide us with a copy of their documentation.

Dive Jervis Bay offers Apply First Aid and Oxygen Provider training in the lead-up to each Rescue Diver program for divers wishing to complete their training ‘in-house’.


64 Owen St, Huskisson NSW 2540 ph:  (02) 44 415 255 fax: (02) 44 417 113 email: