PADI Rescue Diver

After taking the PADI Rescue Diver course, you will unlock a whole new level of scuba diving. In this course, you will learn to identify and fix small issues before they become huge problems. In addition to that, you will also gain a lot of confidence and enjoy to the fullest while scuba diving. Rescue Diver is the most sought-after course among countless scuba divers.

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Take PADI Rescue Diver course if you want to:

  • Be a better dive buddy
  • Enrol in a divemaster course
  • Improve your navigation skills

You will learn to:

  • Help other divers
  • Fix minor gear issues
  • Use an emergency oxygen kit

Becoming a Rescue Diver

In PADI Rescue Diver course, you will learn how to think like a rescue diver via home study and skill practice with an instructor. PADI courses are performance-based and flexible. You will be practising basic rescue skills and then effectively applying them in open water.

Independent Study- PADI eLearning

One can easily fit scuba lessons into a hectic routine with the help of PADI eLearning. The independent study part of the course can be completed whenever and wherever it’s convenient. Online or offline, you can work at your own pace using a mobile device or a computer. Also, you can talk to your instructor for in-water training and in case of any doubts.

eLearning time commitment: 8-12 hours

At the dive shop- With your instructor

The water training sessions are really fun! Some of the scenarios that you will practise handling are leg cramps and helping a tired diver by role-playing with your instructor and other students.

  • Prerequisites: Adventure Diver/Junior Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification) with completed Underwater Navigation Dive; EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months
  • Total time commitment: 4-7 days
  • Minimum age: 12 years or older
  • Depth: 0

Medical requirements

Keeping the following things in mind regarding medical requirements for scuba diving:

  • One should have a minimum level of health and fitness for scuba diving. In case of any chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery, one may have to get written approval from a physician before the dive. 
  • In order to avoid any hassle, you can download and review the Diver Medical form. With this, you can know before enrolling in a scuba course that you will not need a physician’s approval for diving.
  • You should not ask for any medical advice from instructors, divemasters, and dive shop staff as they are not physicians. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to scuba dive. 
  • In case of any confusion regarding medical fitness, you can contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Prerequisites & Minimum Age

Minimum age: 12 years

Those rescue divers who are certified between the ages of 12-14 years earn a Junior Rescue Diver certification. Any eCard or replacement certification card purchased after the scuba diver’s fifteenth birthday will automatically show a Rescue Diver (not Junior Rescue Diver) certification.

Course prerequisites- If you have an Open Water/Junior Open Water Diver certification, then you can enrol in a PADI Rescue Diver course, complete Rescue Diver eLearning and take part in Rescue Exercises in confined water. In order to participate in open water rescue exercises and get certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, you should complete the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and hold a PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification. A PADI or any other qualifying Advanced Open Water Diver certification is also acceptable. CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months are also required for certification. You can enrol in an Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with your instructor in case you don’t have this training.

Other Costs & Equipment

PADI Rescue Diver comprises knowledgeable development as well as in-water training for certification. If you buy a PADI eLearning course, then only the knowledge development part is covered. In order to complete your certification with a PADI instructor, there will be an additional cost. The charges will depend on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent scuba diving equipment. For more details, contact Dive Andaman, which is a 5-star PADI centre in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep).

Along with basic scuba gear, you will also require a diving accident management slate and a rescue breathing mask. Consult your instructor about buying them. It is recommended that you invest in a set of personal scuba gear before starting the PADI Rescue Diver course. A lot of time will be spent by you taking your equipment on and off and learning self-rescue techniques. You will get familiar with and comfortable using your own equipment, and this will be beneficial during this course.

Time Commitment

  • PADI eLearning: 8-12 hours
  • Entire course: 4-7 days

System Requirements

The online courses of PADI work on the browsers listed below: Ensure that your browser is updated to have the best experience.

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Firefox

You can also study at a location that has no internet access. Just use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. You can download the content in small sections with a total file size of around 496 MB. You can upload your progress when you get back online. This will help you in resuming your training right where you left off. The app is available for Android as well as Apple iOS devices. Devices should not be more than three models old and updated with the latest Operating System (OS). 

After PADI Rescue Diver course

The skills and confidence you will gain in the PADI Rescue Diver course will help you in taking the first step towards a scuba career and/or achieving the most elite rating in recreational diving. You can enrol in the PADI Divemaster course as a certified Rescue Diver (18 years or older). After completing it, you can work anywhere across the world where there is water. You can:

  • Assist with classes
  • Lead dives
  • Work on a liveaboard

A PADI Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite for enrolling in the Public Safety Diver course. You will get great rewards in this challenging and intense program. Consider becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver in case you are not interested in the above programs. Less than two per cent of divers ever achieve this extraordinary rating. When you become a certified rescue diver, you will need only five speciality certifications and fifty logged dives in order to become a Master Scuba Diver.

Exploring the depths of the ocean 

“75% of the Earth is water. Divers live on a much bigger planet.”

The Andaman Islands is home to the richest marine life and the clearest underwater in India. While you are here, you have to go for one of the most incredible water sports in the waters of the island- scuba diving. The best part is that anyone can go for this enthralling activity as you don’t need to know swimming to witness its diverse underwater life. Before diving, the instructors will train you a bit in the shallow water and teach you the underwater signals for communication. Once you get accustomed, take the plunge! You will be amazed by the undiscovered underwater life that will unfold before your eyes. You will be completely comfortable and safe as expert divemasters will accompany you at all times. And if you want to cherish these awe-inspiring memories for life long, then don’t forget to take a picture or two while you are surrounded by fishes.

Scuba diving is the most sought-after water activity for visitors travelling to Havelock Island. Deep down in the turquoise waters, you can experience marine life at its best. The best way to witness the colourful submerged world and get close to the marvels of the underwater world is to go for scuba diving in Swaraj Dweep. This recreational sport is enjoyed by everyone around the globe and people from different countries visit this splendid island to experience the magic.

Factors influencing scuba diving

There are more than 40 places to dive in the Andaman Islands. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are mentioned below:

  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Water depth
  • Water current
  • Fish population
  • Clarity of water
  • Population of corals

Scuba diving is one of the most popular water activities in the world. In India, Havelock Island is known for having the best diving spots. The Andamans are surrounded by underwater coastal belts, which are home to a dense ecosystem of coral reefs and formations. 

Reaching Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)

There are ferries plying from Port Blair that take nearly two and a half hours to reach Havelock Island. Booking in advance is not necessary. You can ask the hotel/resort receptionist to book it for you.

Probably ticking off scuba diving from your bucket list is long due. The Andaman Islands is the best place in India to do it. Book your dive with Dive Andaman to have the best experience ever! This 5-star PADI facility will take care of all your requirements to ensure that you have a wonderful dive. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. 1 : What is the PADI Rescue Diver certification?

    Answer: If you're an avid scuba diver, you've probably heard about PADI rescue diver certification. This certification level is designed to help you become a more competent and confident diver, and it's an essential step for those interested in pursuing more advanced dive training. The PADI rescue diver certification is an intermediate-level scuba diving certification that teaches divers how to prevent and manage dive emergencies. This certification level focuses on teaching divers how to identify and respond to potentially life-threatening situations, such as panicked divers, unresponsive divers, and other dive emergencies.

  • Q. 2 : How does a rescue diving course differ from other PADI certifications?

    Answer: PADI rescue diver certification is different from other PADI certifications in that it focuses on rescue skills and not just on diving techniques. You won’t just be focussing on recreational diving but will be able to help lend your support during rescue operations. The course teaches divers to recognise and respond to diving-related problems, including those involving equipment and other divers.

  • Q. 3 : What are the eligibility criteria for the PADI Rescue Diver course?

    Answer: Unlike a diving course, getting a rescue diver certification requires you to be good at quite a few scuba-related skills. You can’t be a rescue diver if you don’t have advanced-level skills in scuba. Before you can enrol in the PADI rescue diver course, you must be at least 12 years old, have a PADI Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent), have completed a sanctioned CPR and First Aid course within the past two years, and have logged at least 20 dives.

  • Q. 4 : How long does it take to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course?

    Answer: The PADI rescue diver course typically takes between 4 to 7 days to complete, depending on the pace of the course and the number of students enrolled. However, the length of the course may vary depending on various factors, such as your learning speed and availability. You may also want to extend the number of dives you want to take. Apart from the physical training, the PADI Rescue Diver course also has to be taken online through PADI eLearning. You can complete the course at your own pace and on your schedule, but it usually takes 8-12 hours. You will have to do the final in-person portion of the course with a PADI-certified instructor.

  • Q. 5 : Why should you take the PADI Rescue Diver Program in the Andamans?

    Answer: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands offers some of the most spectacular dive sites in India. If you're interested in taking a PADI rescue diver program on the islands, there are several options to choose from. Some of the most popular choices include diving centres in Havelock Island, Neil Island, and Port Blair. These centres offer comprehensive courses with experienced instructors and modern equipment. The region boasts a diverse range of marine life, including sharks, rays, and colourful fish, making it an ideal location for learning rescue diving skills while enjoying the beauty of the underwater world.

  • Q. 6 : What skills and topics will you learn in the PADI Rescue Diver course in the Andamans?

    Answer: The PADI rescue diver course covers a wide range of topics, including self-rescue and diver stress, emergency management and equipment, panicked diver response, in-water rescue breathing protocols, and first aid for pressure-related injuries. You'll also learn a variety of skills to help you manage dive emergencies. These skills include how to respond to a panicked diver, how to rescue an unresponsive diver, how to perform in-water rescue breathing, how to assist a tired or stressed diver, and how to navigate and communicate effectively during a dive emergency.

  • Q. 7 : What are the benefits of becoming a PADI Rescue Diver?

    Answer: Becoming a rescue diver offers a number of benefits, including increased confidence and competence as a diver, improved safety skills, and the ability to assist other divers in need. Additionally, the PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for many advanced dive courses, such as the PADI Divemaster certification.

  • Q. 8 : What is the cost of the PADI Rescue Diver course in Andaman and Nicobar Island?

    Answer: The cost of the PADI rescue diver course in Andaman and Nicobar Island varies depending on various factors, such as the dive centre and the instructor. Note that not all diving centres on the Andamans offer rescue courses. You will have to check with individual diving centres to know if they provide the course. However, the average cost of the course is around INR 20000-25,000.

  • Q. 9 : What is the best time to enrol in the PADI Rescue Diver course in the Andamans?

    Answer: The best time to enrol in the rescue diver course in Andaman and Nicobar Island is during the diving season, which runs from November to February. The water visibility is excellent during this period, and the weather is pleasant, making it the ideal time to learn and practice diving skills. October, March and even April are good months for scuba diving in the Andamans; however, the weather could be a bit hot and humid. Avoid going for scuba post-May as the monsoon season starts in the Andamans around that time.

  • Q. 10 : Will I need to purchase any special equipment for the PADI Rescue Diver course?

    Answer: You will not need to purchase any special equipment for the diver course, as all necessary equipment will be provided by the dive centre or instructor. Apart from the usual scuba equipment like the wetsuit, fins, etc, you will need to have a dive knife, dive slate, and whistle for the rescue diver course. The equipment is typically included in most scuba diving equipment packages and will be covered within the program cost.

  • Q. 11 : Is the PADI Rescue Diver certification recognised internationally?

    Answer: It doesn’t matter where you get your certification from, you will be recognised internationally once you get the certification. So, even if you pursue your rescue diver course in the Andamans, you can use the certificate to dive anywhere in the world.

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