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) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Provider (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:
Self-rescue and diver stress
dive first aid
emergency management and equipment
swimming and non-swimming assists
panicked diver response
missing diver procedures
surfacing the unconscious diver
inwater artificial respiration
first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
dive accident scenarios
You'll use all the basic scuba gear will be included with your course. A SCUBA quality snorkeling kit (Mask, Fins Snorkel, Boots) is not included with this course. If you do not already own these items, they can be purchased at the store. A buoyancy compensating jacket that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used. Depending on the scuba diving environment, you might also wear a scuba wetsuit .
PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Scuba Diver. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also choose a book and video on DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.
PADI's Scuba Diver materials provide a comprehensive overview of basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Once you're a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.
Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
Emergency management and equipment
Rescuing panicked divers
Rescuing unresponsive divers
You'll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation.
During exercises, you'll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.
Call Call (847) 540-7211 for more information.
Be at least 15 years old (or 12 years old for Junior Rescue Diver certification) Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program in the last 24 months
The PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all Professional level PADI courses, beginning with the PADI certification. Contact Chicagoland SCUBA to enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course and prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
$299 plus course materials
This includes a 2 year EFR Certification.