Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver Course with Academy of Scuba

Challenge yourself and take the next step.

Learn to prevent and manage diver emergencies for yourself and others with Academy of Scuba. We combine the Rescue Diver Course with the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course  for complete emergency management and equipment skills, putting you in control.

*COVID-19 UPDATE 2nd August 2020*

Due to the uncertain nature of when restrictions will lift for Victoria, we have implemented a split payment system for the Rescue Diver Course.

We recognise that at this time many people wish to further their knowledge, but are unsure about when in-water activities will be able to resume. With our pay-as-you-go system, you pay for your learning materials when you book on the course and the remainder of the course fee is due only when in-water training can resume.

There will be a non-refundable deposit payment of $250 required to book on the course and receive learning materials. A further $330 will be due when in-water activities resume.

Comprehensive Training

Academy of Scuba includes the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course as standard in our Rescue Diver course package. This gives you complete emergency management and equipment skills so that you’re in control in a diver emergency.

Practice Makes Perfect

It is important to allow time to practice until rescue skills are second nature and you are confident. On Academy of Scuba’s Rescue Diver course you will have ample time to hone the essential rescue skills. We offer group workshops to learn to recognize problems before they arise, so that you enjoy diving more.

Stay Sharp

Rescue skills are use it or lose it – and although we hope you never have to use them, if you do they will need to be sharp. That is why Academy of Scuba offers post-course rescue practice sessions, so you can keep your skills sharp and handle diver emergencies better, if they occur. Just speak to staff after your Rescue Diver course for more information.

Become A Rescue Diver Today!

Why learn with us?

  • Comprehensive course schedule, with Emergency O2 Provider as standard
  • 4 student to 1 Dive Professional ratio
  • We organise rescue refresher sessions and will keep you diving
  • You will make lifelong friends
  • We can back ourselves up – just read our feedback

What You Learn

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 panicked divers

Rescuing unresponsive divers

We practice these skills extensively so that 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 not only find yourself a far more confident diver, able to not only look out for yourself, but look out for other divers as well. N.B. The Rescue Diver certification is also a pre-requisite for becoming a Master Scuba Diver – the highest non-professional PADI rating – or a PADI Divemaster – the first professional scuba certification.


To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be:

12 years or older

Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organisation)

Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses)

Complete a diving medical questionnaire, and obtain a recreational diving medical if necessary

For a list of diving doctors please go to

Course Price and Duration

$580 (Rescue Diver and Emergency Oxygen Provider)

The PADI Rescue Diver course runs over 1 evening and 2 days

Private courses are available. Please contact Academy of Scuba for details and pricing.

Course Contents

Home Study

Theory – 1 evening of theory review

Confined Water Session – 1 day practicing Rescue skills in a pool

Open Water Scenario Session – 1 day in the ocean putting skills learnt in the pool into practice

Equipment Required

Getting the right equipment is essential to enhancing your diving experience. It is recommended at Rescue level to have your own scuba gear. For your course, please make sure you own at minimum a masksnorkelbootsfins, a Pocket Mask and DSMB and reel. 

To get the maximum benefit from this course, we recommend investing in your own regulators, BCD and computer. Please call the shop or have a look on our online store for options. Equipment hire is available at the standard rates.

Our Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!


We highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course as Academy of Scuba does not offer transportation services currently.


It’s normal to have questions.

Head over to our FAQs page and see if we’ve already answered yours, or get in touch with us today!


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PADI Rescue Diver - post lockdown course ( $250 Deposit | $330 Balance due when in-water training resumes )

  • eLearning - Must be completed prior to course commencement - AOS will send you your PADI eLearning pass
  • Theory Review & Knowledge Development Session - Post lockdown, TBC - Conducted online, via Zoom.
  • Pool Session - - Post lockdown, TBC - Location tbc
  • Ocean Session - - Post lockdown, TBC - Portsea Pier

Course dates shown are guides only and may change based on restrictions. Due to the uncertain nature of when restrictions will lift for Victoria, we have implemented a split payment system for the Rescue Diver course. There will be a non-refundable deposit payment of $250 required to book on the course and receive learning materials. A further $330 will be due when in-water activities resume. Please read course prerequisites before booking on and ensure you understand the terms and conditions of booking.

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