- Minimum certification: Junior Advanced Open Water/ Advanced Open Water
- Recommended certification: Enriched Air (Nitrox) certified
- Co-requisite: Emergency First Responder (EFR) Primary and Secondary diver
- Minimum age: 12 years old
- Time commitment: 2-3 days (not including self-study)
- Total dives: 2 dives (1 trip)
- Complete self-study, either PADI manual or eLearning
- Completed medical release waiver with physician sign-off, if needed
- Basic scuba gear (available for rent)
- Surface marker buoy (SMB) with finger spool
- Pocket mask
WHAT WILL I LEARN DURING THE PADI RESCUE DIVER AND EFR COURSE WITH DXDIVERS?
The PADI Rescue Diver course is notably more rigorous than Open Water or Advanced. On your ocean dives, you will be tested on your theoretical knowledge while simultaneously being evaluated on your stress management during a crisis. The Rescue course equips you with the skills, techniques and mental clarity needed to think through an emergency and react effectively.
SOME RESCUE DIVER COMPETENCY SKILLS INCLUDE:
- Self rescue
- Rescuing unresponsive divers
- Remaining calm during stressful situations
- Proper use of an oxygen unit
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Dealing with panicked divers
DXDIVERS RESCUE DIVER COURSE EXTRA DETAILS
- We offer a discount on gear to all our students
- Free air or nitrox fills for your pool session and both boat dives
- Rental tanks will be included in the course if you don't own tanks
- Certification card processing included in the cost of the course
- Emergency First Response (EFR) course or CPR training must be completed (within 24 months) to earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification
- Self-study with PADI eLearning or physical book
- Classroom session [4 hours]
- Pool session [4-6 hours]
- Ocean dives off the Lady Go Diver, 2 dives [4 hour trip]
Glad you asked! Here at DXDivers, we're proud to have an all encompassing facility and dive boat to provide a convenient and relaxing scuba experience. We have a full retail store equipped with over 100 diving brands and over 3000 unique products. On-site, we also have a training pool out back and several classrooms upstairs. Once you're certified, check out our drive-thru tank fill station so you don't have to lug your tanks through the store. Best of all, you can hop on our 46-foot Newton custom dive boat, the Lady Go Diver, docked less than a mile from the shop. Did we mention we're the only dive shop in South Florida to have both a full retail dive shop and our own charter boat? We manage every aspect of our operation to better serve you and provide the best possible diving experience.
Absolutely. One of the prerequisites to becoming a PADI Divemaster, later instructor, is to have completed the Rescue Diver course. I would also express your professional desires to your instructor as this course (Rescue), is probably the most important course you will take.
Besides your personal and safety gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boot if open heel fins, weights, safety marker buoy (SMB) with finger spool, whistle), it's recommended but not required that you have your own scuba gear. If you need to rent scuba gear, please let us know. Otherwise, the only special equipment you need is a pocket mask for CPR exercises.
Once you have completed the self-study portion of the course, the in-person sections take two full days to complete. The first day starts in the classroom with a brief overview of the material followed by the Emergency First Responder (EFR) course, if you haven't already taken it. There will be a break for lunch and the pool session will start after that. The pool session itself takes 4-6 hours. The following day, weather permitting, you will complete two ocean dives off our boat, Lady Go Diver. The in-person portion of the class can be completed in a weekend or two full days.
No. It's highly recommended but not required.
Expect to be challenged mentally and physically. You will be put in scenarios where you have to respond to stressful rescue situations and work through the situation, delegating if necessary. From the moment you step on the boat, you will be considered the rescue provider, expect spontaneous scenarios outside of what your instructor has formally indicated.
Yes, both air and nitrox fills are included throughout the duration of the course. If you do not have your own tanks, rentals will be included.
Got certified with Dixie for the Rescue Diver. Charles was the instructor. He did a great job helping the class understand the why and how in real life situations. His years of experience and stories were great. The course was challenging and intense. As it should be! Charles worked with us and helped us every step of the way to make sure we were learning versus regurgitating. Great weekend of learning. Thanks Charles.