SDi Rescue Diver Course

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
  • Provide proof of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives
COST: €375

SDi Rescue Diver Course

The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes.After the SDI Rescue Diver Course you can enroll in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.

Who this course is for:

Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set
Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training
Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader

What you can expect to learn:

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.

You will cover all of the following and more!
Prevention and causes of diving accidents Stress and psychological factors
Physical conditioning
Surface drowning syndrome

Diving lifesaving Self rescue
Diver assists
Surface and underwater rescues
Types of transports
In-water artificial respiration
Boat and shore exit techniques
Diver first aid
Review of oxygen administration

Hyperbaric injuries and management Information collection
Access to a hyperbaric chamber

Accident Management Access to emergency transport/assistance
Accident reporting
Liability and related legal considerations

Some of the in-water skills include:

On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating: Breathing difficulties
Leg cramp
Early panic symptoms

Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water

What’s in it for you?

Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress
Become qualified to enroll in: The SDI Master Diver program
The SDI Divemaster course

SDI Rescue Diver minimum requirements:

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution
Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
Satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor