REscue diver class



Beginning diver courses generally limit emergency skill training to self rescue and tired diver assists. Why?

  • Beginning students lack sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to truly master complex rescue skills.
  • There is simply not enough time in most beginning scuba courses to cover all the rescue and emergency management skills that every diver should have.

The PADI Rescue Diver course comes at a place in the learning continuum (between Advanced and Divemaster) when students have sufficient knowledge and experience to truly master comprehensive rescue skills. It covers:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress.
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems.
  • Dive first aid.
  • Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques.
  • Emergency management and equipment.
  • Panicked diver response.
  • Underwater problems.
  • Missing diver procedures.
  • Surfacing the unconscious diver.
  • In-water rescue breathing protocols.
  • Egress (exits).
  • First aid procedures for pressure related accidents.
  • Dive accident scenarios.

The Rescue Diver course is also a key step in obtaining the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating.

This course has three prerequisites:

  • Possess a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent).
  • Complete Emergency first Responce (or equivalent First Aid/CPR)
  • Be able to answer No to all questions on the PADI Medical History Form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course.

What is Involved? 

This course consists of self-study, classroom discussions and in-water dives and training exercises. It typically takes three separate sessions (1 class/ confined water & 2 open water).

Where Can You Learn?

 We conduct the classroom and pool portions of the course here at The Scuba Shop, and new for 2017, we will be able to offer the "pool" and classroom portion at Lake Jocassee Friday evening or Saturday morning. For the open water portions we use our  local training site.

When Can You Learn?

Rescue Diver courses take place monthly. Mainly in May, June, September and October.  The schedule is:

One day (when 2 staff are present) or evening (6:30-9:00), in Spartanburg for classroom and pool.   Or you can set up your own private class.
Saturday afternoon, open water dive.
Sunday afternoon, open water dive.

Contact The Scuba Shop for dates

or check the Calendar tab.

Price: $195


  • Certification Card
  • Books and Materials online
  • Instructor Fee
  • Tanks and weights

Not Included:

  • Rental Gear if needed and

         boat charters  if needed