PADI Rescue Diver Course

  • Challenging and Rewarding

    “Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands your knowledge about how to prevent problems and how to manage them if they occur. The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding and, at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

    You will develop accident prevention and management skills that include self-rescue, assisting a buddy and working within a team during an emergency response. Your training will focus on scenarios in which you adapt rescue techniques to your personal strengths and adjust to the situation.

    You will be more confident with your knowledge in rescue techniques and be more aware of your buddy's diving, environment and equipment.

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    • PADI Rescue Diver


    • 2 Evenings and 1 Weekend

    Prerequisite Certification: 

    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver 
    • Basic First Aid


    • $549 inc GST

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  • Course Content

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    eLearning – 10 - 12 hours of independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you all need to know before moving on to the practical stuff. You will also complete a dive site Emergency Assistance Plan, which your instructor will tell you more about. (Rescue Course eLearning FAQs) 

    Confined Water Training
    Thursday and Friday-  6pm - 9pm. Rescue skills development in our onsite heated pool.

    Open Water Training
    Saturday and Sunday 8:30am 5:00pm. Rescue skills and scenarios practice out at the dive site.

    Schedule Notes:

    • Check out our Short Course Calender  to see when our next course starts. 
    • Weekdays are generally from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and weekend days 8:30am - 5:00pm.
    • Please note, this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size.
  • Equipment Requirements

    As a minimum when you train, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment.  For the duration of the course we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget. 

    Required To Own

    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Pocket Mask
    - Safety Sausage

    Recommended To Own

    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Wetsuit or Dry suit 
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins
    - Torch
    - Slate and pencil 
    - Whistle

  • Prerequisites


    Minimum age to dive in our condtions is 14 years of age. 


    RSTC Diving Medical Questionnaire. If you and answer "YES" to any of the questions on the first page of the RSTC Medical form you will need to get the form signed off by a doctor. Important Information on Diving Medicals (Please Read)


    • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
    • Basic First Aid Certificate (must be current, expires every two years). Ask about our first aid courses if you need this prior to Rescue.


    Cold water experience or a Pre-Assesment. If you have never dived in cold water before it is nescessary to complete a Pre-Assesment in our pool prior to getting into the water for any further training. Because we dive in temperate waters our equipment is slightly different to that used in warmer waters and it is vital that we introduce you to this in a pool environment before training begins.

    A bit rusty?: 

    If it has been a while since your last dive it is important that we run over some of the important skills you would of learnt in your open water course before we head out to the ocean. We can do this in a Pre-Assesment session in our onsite pool prior to your training. We will have a look at your log book but please let us know if you want to join this session anyway.

 Course Includes



Learn at your own pace with and interative eLearning system. 


4 Ocean Dives

Practise your skills in a real life environment.


2 Pool Dives

Practise you rescue technoques in our onsite indoor heated dive pool.



You can be assured all of our equipment is expertly maintained.


PADI Certified

Worldwide Certification valid in over 180 countries



Transport to and from the dive sites is provided free of charge


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