Shark Bay Dive and Marine Safaris

PADI Rescue Course

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you 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. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enrol in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have CPR and First Aid training within the past 24 months.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The rescue course is a demanding course, often cited as the most enjoyable, satisfying course on offer.

This course consists of:

  • 1 day pool
  • 2 Ocean dives – includes 14 exercises
  • 5 Knowledge Development sessions supplemented by home study
  • 2 Realistic emergency scenarios.

This course includes:

  • PADI Certification Card
  • The Rescue Diver Manual and Accident Management Slate
  • All air fills and certification costs covered by us – no hidden extras!!!
  • Personal instruction in small groups


    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
    • Be 15 years of age (12 for Junior Rescue Diver)
    • Have a current First Aid certificate (completed within the past 24 months)

    All students completing PADI continuing education courses must complete the Continuing Education Administrative Document. Any student who answers YES to having ANY of the medical conditions on the Medical Statement MUST obtain an Australian Standard AS4005.1 Diving Medical PRIOR to commencement of the course. Please note this cannot be done in Shark Bay, to find a diving doctor near you via South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) website –

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