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PADI Rescue Diver GOLD


During your PADI Rescue Diver programme you will learn how to anticipate, prevent and manage potential diving accidents. From assisting a tired diver to handling emergency scenarios, you will practice applying the knowledge and skills that can make all the difference in the event problems do arise. This is probably the best training programme you could ever take, keeping you and others safe in the water.

Couple this programme with Emergency First Response (EFR) and it will give you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies not just in the diving world, but in everyday life.

With the gold option you will also complete the Emergency First Response Care for Children programme as well as a PADI or DAN Oxygen Provider programme, the choice of which is yours.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. You will need to complete the Emergency First Response (EFR) before you can start your Rescue Diver so we recommend that you pay a £100 deposit and take all your training materials for the two programmes. The EFR takes one day and is normally completed on the Saturday before the start of your Rescue Diver programme.


What will I do?

Until now the emphasis of your training has been on basic accident prevention and safe diving. The PADI Rescue Diver programme takes you to the next level, expanding your knowledge to include accident management and various rescue techniques.

The EFR and CFC first aid programmes are both recognised by government agencies in the UK. You will learn first aid and CPR techniques for infants and children as well as adults. The oxygen provider will teach you to handle oxygen systems and the full use of emergency oxygen in a diving emergency.

After your EFR programme we have three days of intense rescue training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn how to deal with many different scenarios, from how to deal with a simple jellyfish sting to assisting with the emergency services in a full blown missing diver scenario.

You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in the pool and open water culminating in a day of scenarios at one of our local open water dive sites. Never before will you have been so challenged in your diving skills and in what you have learnt.


How long will it take?

The Rescue Diver programme takes place over two weekends starting with EFR on the first Saturday. On the Sunday you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Rescue Diver Manual. The following Saturday and Sunday will cover all the practical sessions.

The Care for Children and the Oxygen Provider sessions take roughly half a day each to complete and can be taken from the dates on our training schedule.


What will I need?

The PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the Rescue Diver programme. As you will also need to hold a current CPR and First Aid certificate, the Emergency First Response programme is ideal for this and as we link this into your programme, you don’t have to worry about that part.

All equipment requirements are included in the price, less anything you should have from your AOW programme.

You will also need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.


PADI Rescue Diver £325
PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response £425
PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response Gold £575

Emergency First Response only £100
Care for Children only £100
Emergency First Response and Care for Children only £175
EFR or CFC updates £49 each

A minimum £100 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. You can book your programmes individually or as a package. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.


PADI Rescue Diver & Emergency First Response

Courses starting monthly. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email info@aquasportonline.com

Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Rescue Diver programme you really have reached a crossroads in your diving. As a prerequisite to the PADI Divemaster programme and then onto the Instructor levels, many see the PADI Rescue Diver as the first step on the road to becoming a professional diver.

Others choose the path of the PADI Master Scuba Diver. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education. By completing the Rescue Diver and EFR with a further five PADI specialties taken from the many available and logging 50 dives, you can receive recognition as an Master Scuba Diver by certifying through your Instructor at Aquasport.

Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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