Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course can be the most challenging, yet most rewarding course you will ever take. You will 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.  In fact, you will progress beyond just being a buddy, and will look further out and over the entire dive group.

This course isn't just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.


  • Advanced Diver qualified

  • Minimum age 12, (no max age limit)

  • Under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Be medically fit to dive - refer to dive medical requirements

  • Must have a current First Aid and CPR before course certification

Course Outline

All of your training to date has been focused on preventing and handling problems for yourself and your buddy. On the Rescue Diver course you will learn to prevent and manage problems by learning what to look for and how to respond.  You newly acquired awareness and skills will contribute to safer diving for yourself and those around you.

The Rescue Diver course will teach you how to:

  • Perform self-rescue 

  • Assist tired divers

  • Manage panicked divers

  • Respond to distressed divers on the surface and underwater

  • Manage and perform the search for missing divers

  • Surface non-responsive divers

  • Perform in-water artificial respiration

  • Exit non-responsive divers

  • Perform first aid procedures for pressure related injuries

  • Assemble and administer emergency oxygen

The Rescue Diver course concludes with two scenarios where you will use your newly learnt skills to overcome a diving incident. 

Course Program

Introduction Evening (Tuesday after work for 2.5 hrs)

  • Complete course documentation

  • Provided with your Rescue Diver course manual

  • Watch Chapters 1 and 2 of the Rescue Diver video - completing Knowledge Reviews as you progress

  • Sizing of scuba dive equipment


  • Watch Chapters 3 and 4 of the Rescue Diver video - completing Knowledge Reviews

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Finish watching the Rescue Diver video (Chapter 5) - review Knowledge Reviews

  • Instruction on preparation and use of Emergency Oxygen equipment

  • Workshop on preparing Emergency Management Plans 

  • Pool session to learn and practice rescue skills

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • Depart for coast at 7:00AM

  • Perform rescue skills in the open water environment

  • Scenarios to exercise newly learned rescue skills

  • Complete the Final Exam

  • Return to Canberra by approx 6:00PM


  • Prepare an Emergency Management Plan

What's Included

  • Rescue Course manual

  • Diving Management work-slate

  • Pool entry

  • Rescue Diver Certification card

  • All dive gear for use throughout the course

    • wetsuit

    • boots

    • hood

    • gloves

    • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD - Dive Buoyancy Jacket)

    • regulator set

    • dive computer

    • weight belt

    • fins

    • air cylinders

    • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB)

    • mask and snorkel

  • Morning tea between dives whilst at the coast

  • Guaranteed processing of your certification within 48 hours of completing all course requirements


Public Course


  • Class sizes are a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 students


Combine this course with the Emergency Oxygen Specialty course and save $50

Include transport to/from the coast for the course. $10

# refer to the Booking, Cancellation and Refund Policy

Canberra Scuba Diving 

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