PADI Rescue Diver

PADI Rescue diver Certification & Emergency First Response in Cabo

The PADI Rescue diver certification is available to anyone who is 12 years and older that has completed the navigation adventure dive.

Most people sign up for this course after they have the Advanced certification. You will need to complete the Emergency First Response first and secondary care course. This will provide a grounding for the rescue scenarios and skills necessary for the rescue course.

Those who enroll in this course feel it’s one of the most rewarding and fun courses they have participated in!

Course details Price & booking

PADI Rescue Diver Course in Detail

By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of what to do in the event of a dive rescue and you will become a crucial member of the dive group!

The PADI rescue certification is made up of:

  • Diving rescue theory
  • 10 exercises to be completed in confined water training
  • 2 open water dives to practice rescue scenarios


Self-rescue diving skills

The course starts out with some self -rescue skills originally learned in the Open Water Course. After all, there’s no point being a PADI Rescue Diver to help your buddy if you can’t rescue yourself first.


Tired divers and panicked divers

After this short review we will practice some surface skills and focus on recognising the differences between tired divers and panicked divers.

Throughout the course we will ask you to ‘stop, think and act’ and to familiarise you with knowing when it is deemed safe for you to even attempt an in water rescue. You will practice some drills in shallow water about :

  • How to recognise panicking behaviours
  • How to stop rapid ascents
  • How to notice signs and symptoms of :
    • Stress
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Hypothermia.

Navigation skills & search and recovery

You will hone in on navigation skills and search for a missing diver and then learn how to surface an unconscious diver. Your instructor will also show you techniques for exiting the water and how to set up an oxygen unit.


Emergency Action Plan

As well as the theory sections and exam you will be asked to produce an Emergency Action Plan for your local dive site.


Rescue scenarios

Consists of 2 open water dives where fun ‘scenarios’ are acted out among students to replicate real life emergencies.


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PADI and Emergency first response (EFR) in Cabo San Lucas

The Emergency First Response certification is the primary and secondary care course affiliated with PADI’s Rescue Diver.

This certification precedes the PADI course and takes one day in the classroom.

After a video and independent study session you will review answers with your instructor.


EFR : Primary Care course

You will learn how to respond in the correct way to a variety of different emergency situations that require CPR and calling for emergency medical services. Each participant will take it in turns to be the rescuer and learn how to deliver CPR on a mannequin.


EFR : Secondary Care course

After lunch we begin secondary care where we learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of illness and injury as well as correct techniques for bandaging and splinting. We complete the day with the exam and certification.

This is a non-diving certification and is internationally recognised. So bring the whole family! It’s an important learning experience for everyone who might want to know more about how to help out in an accident.

Price & Booking

PADI Rescue diver & EFR

All our courses include a Private Instructor | Price in USD | Cash discount available

PADI Rescue Diver

$ 575 pp

Includes eLearning

Emergency First Response

$ 150 pp

Includes eLearning

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