Price: 17,950 PHP (inc. EFR Course)
Duration: 4 Days

What’s included

  • PADI Rescue Diver Course.
  • Rental of all scuba equipment.
  • FREE Dive Computer Rental
  • PADI e-manual & PADI Certification Card.
  • Discounted accommodation options.
  • Shuttle bus service between dive center to Alona Beach

What will you learn

  • Causes of diver emergencies
  • Accident Management
  • Identifying Divers in distress
  • Common equipment problems
  • Diver rescue procedures
  • First Aid and Injury treatment
  • Missing diver procedures
  • In/out water rescue skills


  • 12 years old *
  • PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification
  • Must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • EFR Training may be completed along with rescue diver course

Note: 12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications.

Many scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging PADI course they have completed. Yet, at the same time they also describe the PADI Rescue diver course as the most rewarding and fun course too.

Dive Experience

Unlike the PADI Divemaster course, the PADI Rescue course DOES NOT have a minimum dive experience required to start. Here at Pata Negra Divers we highly recommended Rescue diver students has dive experience beyond the Open Water and Advanced Open Water training dives.

The more comfortable you are in the water, the more comfortable you will be with the added responsibility of training to become, and ultimately being a Rescue Diver.

We conduct the course over three days (four days if EFR is included). Like all PADI courses the Rescue Diver course is performances based and extend to a fourth day if required to ensure all student performance requirements are met.

PADI Rescue Diver Course Module

  1. Knowledge Development – conducted in our a/c cooled classrooms.
  2. Confined water training – conducted in our purpose built swimming pool.
  3. Open water training – dive trips on one of our dive boats logging a minimum of 2 full training dives.


Day 1 – EFR course (If required)
Day 2 – Knowledge Development & Confined Water Training
09.00 – 11.30: Knowledge development
12.30 – 17.30: Confined water training (pool / off beach)
Day 3 – Knowledge Development & Open Water Skill Training
09.00 – 11.30: Knowledge development
12.30 – 17.30: Open water skill training on dive boat
Day 4 – EAP & Rescue Diver Exam + Open Water Rescue Scenarios
9.00-11.30: EAP & Rescue Diver Exam
12.30-17.30: Open water training & Rescue scenarios

Course Details

We start the Rescue Diver course at 9am. To begin with your Instructor will conduct a course orientation. Starting with some introductions before informing you of the course schedule and asking you to complete some paperwork including the PADI Medical Statement.


The knowledge development portion of the Rescue Diver course consists of five modules. You will start by watching the Rescue diver Video, before completing 5 knowledge reviews as part of Instructor led Knowledge development sessions.

You will be required to complete an Emergency Assistance Plan and the multiple choices Rescue diver exam. Knowledge development sessions are scheduled during the morning sessions of the first two days and the EAP & Final exam is completed during the final morning session of day 3.

Confined Water Training

The PADI philosophy for the revamped Rescue Diver course was to introduce new skills first in confined water, ideally in a swimming pool.

As a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort immediately implemented this important PADI philosophy as we realize the importance of students mastering these skills first before attempting to use them in an open water environment.

We conduct a Confined water Rescue diver skills session in our purpose built training pool during the afternoon session on Day 1 of the Rescue Diver course.

We start with a ‘Self Rescue review’ focusing on stress situations a diver may experience and how they can help themselves. We then introduce the following exercises, initially via an Instructor led demonstration before allowing student practice time.

Skills to Learn & Practive
  • Tired diver
  • Panicked Diver
  • Response from shore to a responsive but stressed diver
  • Distressed Diver underwater
  • Surfacing an unresponsive diver
  • Dealing with an unconscious diver on the surface
  • In water rescue breathing techniques
  • Exiting an unresponsive diver from pool and shore
  • Response from shore to unresponsive diver

Open Water Training

The afternoon sessions on Day 2 & 3 of the Rescue Diver course are scheduled out on the dive boat. You will be asked to repeat the skills mastered in confined water the previous afternoon. We will also introduce some additional skills during Day 2. They include:

  • Underwater search patterns using a compass
  • Missing diver procedures
  • Response form a boat to a responsive but distressed diver
  • Exiting an unresponsive diver from ocean onto boat
  • First Aid for Pressure related injuries and Oxygen Administration
  • Response from boat to unresponsive diver on the surface
  • In water rescue breathing techniques
  • Exiting an unresponsive diver from pool and shore
  • Response from shore to unresponsive diver

Rescue Scenario

Once all Rescue exercises and performance requirements have been met the final test before being certified as a Rescue Diver is to the Rescue Scenarios. These are conducted off our dive boat, at an open water dive site and are set up to be as realistic as possible. All the training of the previous 3 days is put together.

Scenario 1 – Unresponsive Diver Underwater

Search for and locate a missing diver during an accident simulation bringing a diver simulating unresponsiveness to the surface using controlled positive buoyancy

Scenario 2 – Unresponsive Diver at the Surface

Effectively respond to an unresponsive, non-breathing diver during an accident simulation. Includes in water rescue breathing, removing equipment, exiting and providing CPR.