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Rescue Diver

* Continuing Education

Learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. It's challenging, yet very rewarding..



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. PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.


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
You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

Duration and Price

Course price €295 which includes the course, all equipment rentals, transport to and from Dawn Diving centre to dive site and the PADI Rescue Diver certification. It does not include the Training Material – see below for costs. There are 12 rescue exercises for the open water and 4 rescue scenarios. This can normally be done in 2 days. Depending on your comfort level.

PADI eLearning

The eLearning costs €105. This is paid directly to Dawn Diving and we then enrol you with PADI who will then send you an access code to start your home learning on line. This includes course work and videos to watch. To enrol you each person will require to us the following details:
1. First Name, Middle Initial, Second (Family) Name e.g Rhona E. Potgieter
2. Dates of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

Home Study

The Rescue Diver Course comprises of home study including videos to watch and Knowledge Review Quizzes . It is better to do the home study parts before you arrive as this cuts down on the amount of time you have to spend in a classroom and more time enjoying Malta!


You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.


The day starts at 8 AM at the Dive Shop and normally you will be back to the dive school about 2:30 - 3 PM each day.