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Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course is the pivotal moment when a diver becomes more than a regular dive buddy. Rescue Diver students are first taught advanced self-rescue skills and are challenged to handle stressful situations underwater. After that, the future Rescue Divers are taught how to work as a team to accomplish underwater searches, underwater rescues, and surface rescues. The big finale of the Rescue Diver course are two scenarios that challenge the Rescue Diver students to use all of their skills and act as a team to accomplish diver rescues.

Who should take this class?

The Rescue Diver class is an important step that anyone who wants to be a better buddy and safer diver should take this course. The big question is when divers should take the Rescue Diver course. The Advanced Open Water or Adventure Diver certification are prerequisites to take this course. Beyond the certifications, we generally recommend divers have 20-25 logged dives before taking the Rescue Diver course. Some divers will be able to successfully take the course with fewer dives than we recommended, but this is about the average for divers to feel comfortable with their gear and buoyancy control. If you have any questions about when you should take the Rescue Diver course, come visit us, or call us at (619) 366 - 6266, or email us at

How long does this course take?

The Rescue Diver class is run over two weekends. The first weekend focusing on knowledge development and developing your basic Rescue skills in the pool. On the second weekend, we will start in a protected bay to practice your new Rescue skills in the ocean and then move to the open ocean on the second day to test your ability to work on a team to accomplish real-world rescue scenarios.

Saturday 9:00AM - 1:00PM Knowledge Development
Sunday 9:00AM - 1:00PM Skill Development (Pool)
Saturday 8:00AM – 2:00PM Skill Development (Ocean)
Sunday 7:00AM – 12:00PM Scenarios (Ocean)

I want to be a better diver, but I am worried I am physically not strong enough to be a Rescue Diver; should I take the class?

Yes. The Rescue Diver course is not about accomplishing some Hollywood-style, Superman rescue. We will teach you to use your abilities and act as part of a team to accomplish rescues. You do not need to be a Navy SEAL in order to assist a diver in need; you just need to have the proper training and a desire to help!

I am worried about my navigation and/or buoyancy skills; what can I do to prepare for the Rescue Diver course?

Navigation and buoyancy skills are great things to have and the quickest way to improve them would be taking the Underwater Navigation and Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty classes.

How much does the Rescue Diver course cost and what does that include?

The tuition for the Rescue Diver course is $299. The Rescue Diver Crew Pack, which includes the book, DVD, and accident management slate is separate. We have rental gear available as well as a large selection of gear in our store.

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