PADI Rescue Diver courses

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a mandatory stepping stone to becoming a professional diver. It takes you to another level in skills training, confidence and becoming a more aware diver. This course builds on your existing awareness and skills, making you a more rounded and complete diver. In addition to taking care of yourself, your equipment, and safe diving practices, the Rescue Diver course shows you how to be more alert of your surrounding environment, other divers, and how to recognise signs of stress on others.

As a PADI Rescue Diver you will learn how to deal with (simulated) emergencies, diver related injuries, and accident management. But perhaps the most important thing you learn is preventing problems before they occur. Whether its recognising your own stresses or those of others around you, this can literally save lives.


The PADI Rescue Diver course is composed of a series of exercises and scenarios aimed at developing a foundation of skills and knowledge that encourage the diver to utilise their strengths to help them manage emergency situations while recognising their personal limitations in doing so.During this course you will learn how to manage more complex dive emergencies, and applying direct intervention techniques to assist others in an emergency.There are three parts to the PADI Rescue Diver course, Theory & Knowledge development, In-water Exercises and Rescue Scenarios.


Although you can choose the full classroom theory with an instructor, most Orca customers opt for digital learning. Classroom study entails fixed study times and a small extra cost, while e-learning is totally flexible. Most people find the interactive course materials more interesting and engaging than the traditional hard copy books, and PADI's digital tools can be accessed remotely, 24x7, from both computers and tablets. They are packed full of photos, video clips and dynamic graphical content. They also enable you to study at your own pace, and to experiment with study questions, knowledge reviews, quizzes and exams, which are equally entertaining and interactive.

In-water Exercises & Scenarios

Depending on your location, Orca Scuba offers two options for completing the In-water Exercises:
  1. In-water exercise session in the pool in Singapore followed by Rescue Scenarios at Pulau Rawa or Pulau Weh.
  2. In-water exercise session at Pulau Rawa or Pulau Weh followed by Rescue Scenarios.
Importantly, shallow water skills training allows you to practice the basics of scuba diving before you proceed to finishing your Rescue Scenarios in a real life setting at Pulau Rawa or Pulau Weh.


To participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program you must:

  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Be a certified PADI Adventure Diver
  • Completed the Under Water Navigation Adventure Dive
  • EFR Primary and Secondry Care training within 24 months. (training may be completed along with Rescue Diver course)

What will you learn?

During the PADI Rescue Diver Course you will learn how to:

  • Manage more complex dive emergencies and to apply direct intervention technieques to assist others in an emergency.
  • Perform a self rescue.
  • Assist a tired (responsive) or panicked diver at the surface.
  • Respond from shore, boat or dock to dive related emergencies.
  • Identify and respond to a distressed, missing, or unresponsive divers underwater and on the surface.
  • Exit unresponsive divers from the water.
  • Provide First Aid for pressure related injuries and Oxygen Administration.


Here at Orca Scuba we have several locations for completing the PADI Rescue Diver course, which can be mixed and matched, depending on availability:

  • Singapore (theory and shallow water skills only)
  • Orca Rawa at Pulau Rawa, Malaysia
  • Orca Maka-Maka at Lembeh, Indonesia

Key information

  • Diver age: minimum 12 years old
  • Minimum Certification: PADI Adventure Diver (including U/W Navigation adventure dive)
  • Course duration: 2-to-3 days
  • Maximum depth: Depends on previous diver training
  • Dive location: confined and open water

This course was a very serious and challenging course. However, I had lots of fun with Orca Scuba and how they manage the dives. I had wonderful experiences with them...

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