SDI Rescue Diver


The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes. After the SDI Rescue Diver Course you can enroll in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.

Who this course is for:

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skillset
  • Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training
  • Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader

Course Duration:

Courses should not be treated as a race or something that can be skipped through quickly. Please remember training does not guarantee certification, we need to ensure you fully understand the training and will be a safe diver on certification. We follow a loved one clause that when certified we would be happy you could safely dive with one of our loved ones.

  • The e-learning and academic portion of this course should be completed before starting in water training and exercises. The duration of this piece is dependant on your availability. During this time our instructors are on hand to assist with questions or any element you may struggle with.
  • For many courses the swimming pool or confined water sessions give us time to practice and carry out skills in a controlled environment. We do not fix specific number of pool sessions as it is dependant on your comfort level with skills before moving to open water.
  • The open water element is again determined more by time in water rather than number of dives. We prefer longer dives building experience rather than quick short 20 minute 'dips'.
We will strive to meet your timelines and requirements where possible and will always be dependant on student availability to attend sessions.


Course prerequisites & forms:

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
  • Provide proof of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver certification, SDI Junior Advanced Adventure certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 15 logged open water dives
  • * Note: CPR, first aid and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the rescue program by qualified instructors.

Medical Form
Liability Release 

What you can expect to learn:

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.
      You will cover all of the following and more!
          • Prevention and causes of diving accidents
          • Stress and psychological factors
          • Physical conditioning
          • Equipment
          • Surface drowning syndrome
        • Diving lifesaving
          • Self rescue
          • Diver assists
          • Surface and underwater rescues
          • Types of transports
          • In-water artificial respiration
          • Boat and shore exit techniques
          • Diver first aid
          • Review of oxygen administration
        • Hyperbaric injuries and management
          • Information collection
          • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
        • Accident Management
          • Access to emergency transport/assistance
          • Accident reporting
          • Liability and related legal considerations
        Some of the in-water skills include:
          • On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:
            • Breathing difficulties
            • Tiredness
            • Leg cramp
            • Early panic symptoms
          • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
          • Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
          • Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water

          What’s in it for you?

          • Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress
          • Become qualified to enroll in:
            • The SDI Master Diver program
            • The SDI Divemaster course

          How to take this course?

          • Availability to start every week. 
          • Get in touch with us by phone, whatsapp, facebook or e-mail
          • You can also add to shopping cart and pay online using ideal, credit card or paypal.

          Price & Value:

          SDI Rescue Diver - €345,00

          *Fully inclusive of all e-learning, equipment required for the course, training and certification on successful completion.

          We focus on and are proud of the skill level, knowledge, decision making, experience and readiness of divers to dive at levels which they have been trained. We want to invest in you, your safety and ability to dive, then come home with amazing stories.

          Our courses are priced as such and we do not hide additional costs. We are are very flexible for training, especially in terms of dates or location as we know we all have busy lives and work commitments. However if for reasons outside of weather, illness or other such emergencies a course/training can not be completed in the standard training schedule we will charge for extra days at €150,00 per day.