Why should I become a PADI Rescue diver

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 just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.
What will 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

What are the course prerequisites?
Prior to starting the PADI Rescue Diver Course, you must hold a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or an advanced certification issued by another training agency that is recognized by PADI. You must also hold a current first aid certificate. Don’t have a current first aid? No worries! Jetty Dive also teaches workplace accredited first aid courses. Click here to find out more information on first aid courses we offer.

How long does the course take and when can I start?

The PADI Rescue Diver Course takes just 2 days to complete and is normally run over a weekend. You can start now by picking up your rescue diver manual and completing the self study section of the course. Call or email us to find out the dates of the next course.
What is included?

  • Current PADI Rescue Diver manual
  • PADI Project Aware Rescue Certification Card
  • Ocean dives & pool session
  • Full gear hire
  • Classroom workshops
  • Lots of fun and laughter!

Written by
Andrew Benson
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Jetty Dive Centre

Where to find us.


Jetty Dive Centre Dive Shop is at 398 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. This is where you begin your experiences with us! All Scuba Dives and Snorkelling must check-in before moving to departure point.


All our boats leave from the Public floating pontoon wharf opposite the “Attitude Burgers “ building.

Jetty dive google maps with markers for priority locations