Most of our students have described our Rescue Diver course as the most rewarding and challenging course they have completed, and say they would love to do it again. At the end of the course you will not only be ready to anticipate and prevent problems from occurring, you will also have the essential skills to oversee and manage dive rescue situations.

It is recommended that divers have accumulated over 30 logged dives in at least 3 different locations prior to undertaking this course. This affords the diver a suitable grounding and knowledge of dive equipment and diver discipline needed to fully benefit from this course.

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The top reasons why you want to become a PADI Rescue Diver with Kelowna Divers:

  • You’re looking for a new personal challenge. You want to take your scuba diving skills to a whole new level
  • You want to be the kind of dive buddy that others love to dive with; a diver’s diver
  • You want to eventually achieve the highly coveted PADI Master Scuba Diver rank
  • Someday you’d like to become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor
  • You’d like to feel safer and more confident as a diver
  • The Rescue Diver course is like no other and includes realistic emergency scenarios that allow you to practice your rescue team skills surrounded by helpful dive professionals
  • You don’t always want to follow the divemaster; you therefore need to be more self-reliant and aware of your surroundings
  • Your family are also scuba divers and you want to be able to safely look out for them

The PADI Rescue Diver course consists of three main parts:

  • Knowledge Development includes home study
  • Confined Water (pool) Training
  • Open Water Dives

Certification is a pre-requisite for the Master Scuba Diver rating and all professional level training starting at the PADI Divemaster level.


Must be an Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) or a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver and be 12 years of age. Emergency First Response course or equivalent first aid course within last 2 years. We do provide the EFR Course as a separate course.

Scuba gear can be rented but we do recommend that you should have your own at this stage in your diving career. PADI Rescue Diver DVD available for purchase or rental.

If you have a Dry Suit Certification, you can rent one for the dives for an additional $75