Is it worth taking the PADI Rescue Diver Course?
The PADI open water course teaches you how to dive, the Advanced open water teaches you to be a better diver and qualifies you to dive to 30m. The Rescue Diver course teaches you to be a safer diver, be a better buddy, help to anticipate and avoid potential problems and assist your fellow divers if a problem does occur.
So the main questions are do you need to be a safer diver, and do you care enough about anyone that you dive with to be able to assist them if they have an emergency?
You’ll always hear people who have taken the Rescue Diver course that it is the hardest yet most rewarding dive course they have taken. It puts you through your paces teaching you about self-reliance, how to avoid problems, how to assist a diver in distress or panicking and what to do if your buddy or another diver needs saving.
Our Rescue course takes 2 full days with some online learning to be completed in advance. You don’t need all of your own equipment but as a responsible diver it is worth thinking about as it is more familiar to you and more reliable than rental gear – especially in some parts of the world!
I recall when I started learning to dive that I thought that once you reached Advanced open water then none of the other courses were required. However once you’ve done it does open up your eyes to potential problems, makes you a more responsible diver and gives you the confidence to know what to do in an emergency.
To start the Rescue Diver course you need to be an Advanced Open Water diver and we would generally recommend that you have done at least 15-20 open water dives to get the most out of the course.
If you are interested in taking one of our Rescue Diver courses then either call the office on 0800 699 0243 or you can book online.