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PADI Rescue Diver Course

Learn to handle an emergency or a missing diver situation and how to prevent these situations!

PADI Rescue Diver Course

About the Course

from $349

Diving Adelaide pricing works on a progressive system! Sign up with one or more friends for the Advanced Open Water Diver course and you’ll each receive big discounts for every friend that you sign up with! So if you have decided to sign up for a course, make sure you call all your friends first! Not only will this make the course more fun, it also assures you that you are getting the best value for money!

The course pricing structure is as follows:

  • $449 Standard Course Price
  • $424 Bring 1 friend – Save $25 per person
  • $399 Bring 2 friends – Save $50 per person
  • $374 Bring 3 friends – Save $75 per person
  • $349 Bring 4 friends – Save $100 per person

Start your PADI Rescue Diver Course today with the friendly and professional PADI diving instructors of Diving Adelaide! This course is designed so it can be taken straight after your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course!

Continuing your education by taking the PADI Rescue Diver Course will improve your diving skills and your  skills as a buddy! Can you handle an emergency situation, or a missing diver situation? Do you know how to prevent these situations from actually happening? Most people feel the Rescue Diver Course is the most rewarding course they have ever participated in. 

Course Structure

We meet at the dive centre for a theory review session at 9AM! Get to know your instructor and other course participants in a classroom setting and review the PADI eLearning theory with a theory quick review!


If you need any rental gear, we’ll fit you in a 7mm rental suit and your diving fins as well this morning!


Please bring your Advanced Open Water certification or Adventure Diver certification card to this session.

After the theory session we will head to the pool, where we’ll spend the afternoon practicing rescue skills

On Sunday morning we meet at the dive site and will run through a range of scenarios to put the theory and skills we have learned on Saturday into practice!


Bring an unresponsive diver to the surface, practice surface rescue scenarios and learn how to get reunited with a lost buddy or lost gear!


We recommend bringing your logbook to this session to log the rescue scenario dives aftewards.

After completing the PADI Rescue Diver course with Diving Adelaide you will be a much more confident diver because you will have the exact know-how to act in case of diving emergencies or missing divers and more importantly, you will know how to prevent these events from happening in the first place!

Diving Adelaide provide all rescue training materials (including Rescue Diver eLearning with videos) and all gear, weights and tanks are included in the course!

To participate in PADI Rescue Diver Course you need to have a valid (dated within the last 2 years) CPR and Basic Emergency Life Support certificate!

The first aid course course can be taken before or after the PADI Rescue Diver Course, but we won’t be able to certify you until it has been completed.

We highly recommend First Aid Training Adelaide CBD for these courses as they run first aid courses almost every day at a great price! The training code for these courses is HLTAID011.

Standard Course Schedule

Weekend Course:


Independent Study(4 – 8 Hours)PADI Rescue eLearning
Saturday Morning9:00AM-11:00AMTheory & Gear Sizing
Saturday Afternoon1:00PM-5:00PMPool Session
Sunday9:00AM-5:00PMRescue Scenarions

For the PADI Rescue Diver Course, we meet at the dive centre on Saturday morning at 9AM for a classroom session, where we will meet the team, discuss any questions and go through gear sizing for any rental gear requirements for the course.


What to bring:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or Adventure Diver) Certification Card

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • PADI Rescue Diver eLearning Results


PADI eLearning®

Where some dive schools still choose to teach the theory side of the learn to dive course in a traditional classroom setting, Diving Adelaide has chosen for the faster, cost-effective way of teaching the theory via online training. To us, the advantages of e-learning are clear:



  • E-learning provides a single experience that accomodates the three disctinct styles of auditory learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners, allowing for more efficient training.

  • E-learning is self-paced. Advanced learners are allowed to speed through the theory, while others slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners and the course.

  • E-learning has on-demand availability, which allows the student to complete the training conveniently at off-hours or from home (as a student you can log on and off to do parts of the theory as many times as you want) and doesn’t require the student to travel to training location.

  • E-Learning reduces the learning time on average by 40 to 60 percent, which means the overall time that you will be spending on the theory will most likely be only half of the time you would have spent in a classroom setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to share your diving experiences with someone close to you or give the gift of endless adventures? You can now easily give the gift of diving with a Gift Voucher!

You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

To sign up for the PADI Rescue Diver Course, you need a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course (or equivalent).

Have you completed your Advanced Open Water Diver certification with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in the course!

There are no waterman skills (swims or floats) to complete before the course, but you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your PADI Rescue Diver Course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medical (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Rescue Diver Course is two. About 95% of our courses run as planned, as apart from the occasional midweek course in the middle of Winter, it hardly ever happens that we don’t get two bookings on a course.

If we have to cancel a course because of lack of interest, you have the option to reschedule (free of charge of course) or get a full refund of your course fees

The minimum age to do this course with us is 14 years old for group courses and 12 years old for private courses. For 12 and 13 year olds, we recommend signing up for a private course with one or more parents, siblings or (family) friends.

Did you know that a private course can be the same price as a regular course? See below for private course prices.

If you would prefer to sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course with your own private instructor for you or your group, you’re not alone! At Diving Adelaide we teach many private courses for those who prefer to learn to dive 1-on-1 or have a private instructor for their family or group of friends!

Did you know the course costs for a private course can be the same as those of a normal course? Please find our private course pricing below:

  • $799– Private 1-on-1 Course Price
  • $499 – Private 2-on-1 Course – SAVE $300 per person!
  • $429 – Private 3-on-1 Course – SAVE $370 per person!
  • $379 – Private 4-on-1 Course – SAVE $420 per person!
  • $349 – Private 5-on-1 Course – SAVE $450 per person!

On a private course, YOU are in charge of picking the dates for the theory session and the ocean dive days! The pricing above is based on running the course over 2 days. If you would prefer to split the dives over two weekends, extra fees will apply.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.

For each rescheduled participant, we will charge a small rescheduling fee  of $99. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve lanes in the pool, block a spot on the course and book an instructor in for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover these costs.

Please note the theory segment of the PADI Open Water Diver Course is delivered via the PADI eLearning system. The costs for the PADI eLearning are included in the course fee.

You will normally receive your PADI eLearning voucher within 48 hours of confirming your spot on the course. To access the PADI eLearning system, it is recommend to use a tablet or computer (or a phone with a large screen).

On average, the eLearning for this course takes approximately 4 to 8 hours to complete.

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your thick wetsuit) and for the rescue course, even average weather conditions can be perfect for the scenario training!

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Rescue Diver Course is run over a theory morning, a pool afternoon and one full diving day (normally two full weekend days).

Always block a full day in your agenda for each day. Exact times and dive sites will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Rescue Diver Course certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.

Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise your certification.

All dive gear will be provided by Diving Adelaide for the duration of the course, including mask, snorkel and fins!

However, to guarantee a perfect fit and the most enjoyable experience, we recommend coming in store to have a look at our masks, as the mask is the most important piece of equipment!

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Rescue Diver Course, you will be a more competent diver (and dive buddy!).

You will know how to prevent diving emergencies from happening, spot what may happen before it happens and handle an emergency if it were to occur.

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? After this course, you can take the leap and become a dive professional by signing up for your PADI Divemaster Course! You will need a minimum of 40 dives under your belt to start your professional diving journey! Not quite there yet? Have a look at all our specialties or tech diving courses for more training and to get your number of dives up, while building your skills further!

Even if you’re just looking to further your skills and don’t want to become a dive professional, the PADI Divemaster course will be a great course to take, as you’ll spend a lot of time in the pool and in the ocean with your instructor and shadowing other instructors working to perfect your diving skills!

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $99 will apply. Please note the PADI Rescue Diver eLearning portion ($169) of the course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $99 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $99 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. The PADI eLearning portion ($169) of the course may need to be purchased again if the original participant has registered for PADI eLearning.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $99 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the course at a later date.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  11. Courses must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  12. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  13. All fees are per person.
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