PADI Rescue Diver Course

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding a diver's knowledge and experience. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves, and begin to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. This is why the PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership-level training (, Assistant Instructor, and ).

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they've ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is not only serious, it is also fun. It allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

How to Get Started

  • Be 12 years of age or older
    Note: 12 to 14-year-old divers may earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification.
  • Be certified as a or have a qualifying certification from another training organization
  • Completed the Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months

What You Will Learn

PADI Rescue Diver Course Confined Water Session

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing exhausted divers at the surface and underwater
  • Rescuing panicked divers at the surface and underwater
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers at the surface and underwater

These skills will be practiced extensively during the course, so if you are to ever find yourself in a situation where you need to use them, they will come naturally.

At the end of this course you will become a far more confident diver, able to not only look out for yourself but look out for other divers as well.

Course Setup

  1. Watch the videos and complete the knowledge reviews in the student's manual before your scheduled knowledge development and pool sessions.
  2. Participate in instructor led knowledge development sessions (2 half days, 6-8 hours total)
  3. Practice rescue skills in confined water (2 half days, 6-8 hours total)
  4. Complete required training and scenarios in open water (3 dives, usually over the course of 2 days)

* Note: students need 1 additional day to complete Primary and Secondary Care training.

Our Price

Rescue Exit

Full course package

  • Anilao, Philippines: CNY 6,860 (NOT available at the moment)
    - Depart Thursday evening and return Sunday evening.
    - Includes: student's material (PADI Rescue Diver), instructor fees, dive equipment, pocket mask, travel insurance, local transportation, twin shared accommodation, full board, water, coffee and tea, 4 boat dives and unlimited shore dives on the trip.
    - Excludes: flight tickets, Philippines visa, soft drink and alcohol.
  • Qiandao Lake: CNY 5,460 (available from April to November)
    - Depart Friday evening and return Sunday evening.
    - Includes: student's material (PADI Rescue Diver), instructor fees, dive equipment, training facility, pocket mask, dive insurance, transportation between local hotel and the dive sites, lunch on diving days, 4 open water shore dives in the trip.
    - Excludes: Round transportation to the lake, accommodation and anything not listed in the costs included.

Theory and confined water package

  • Comprehensive Theory and Confined Water only: CNY 2,980
    - Includes: student's material, instructor fees, dive equipment, training facility and pocket mask.
    - The open water dives can be done with any PADI dive center in the world.
  • course: CNY 2,280 (excludes e-Learning fee $US197)
    - Includes: instructor fees, dive equipment, training facility and pocket mask.
    - The open water training dives can be done on referral.

Optional Extras

  • PADI Standard Rescue Diver Crew Pack: CNY 680
  • PADI Rescue Diver Refresher (3 hours confined water): CNY 880
    - Includes: instructor fees, dive equipment and training facility.


Big Blue Members

At least one of your c-cards should have our shop information on them. If the dive center number is '36434', the name is 'Big Blue', then you are a Big Blue Member.

Big Blue Members


Receive a discount if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Big Blue Members receive a 5% discount.
  • Come as a group of 2 to 3 and receive a 5% discount.
  • Come as a group of 4 or more and receive a 10% discount.
  • Select EFR + PADI Rescue Diver course package to save CNY 150.

Students eligible to receive a 5% discount on all equipment and additional classes purchased at Big Blue.

How to Sign Up

Method 1: Come to Big Blue Dive Center in person, fill in the relevant forms, pay the course fee, and pick up course material to begin the necessary self-study.

Method 2: click the 'Sign Up' button below, enter your information and questions and we'll contact you by email or phone as soon as possible.


    Throwing a life buoy to a panic diver
  • I did my CPR training with Red Cross last year, do I have to complete the EFR Emergency First Response prior to the PADI Rescue Diver Course?
    No. The Red Cross CPR training course is equivalent to the course. You just need to show a certificate confirming your completion of the training. Contact Big Blue with questions regarding other equivalent CRP courses.
  • PADI Rescue Diver course requires students to complete all 10 rescue skill in open water, so can we just skip the confined water session and start the course in open water?
    Technically you can, but it isn't recommended. Due to open water conditions, such as current, waves and weather, there are many considerations to account for. So practicing new skills directly in open water isn't always the smartest choice. Plus, practicing new skills in confined water before reviewing them in open water scenarios gives divers more repetitive practice, helping to assure rescue skills become a natural response when needed.