Rescue Diver

In Mainstream of PADI Scuba Diving Courses by Grahame Massicks

Rescue Diver Course – how it works

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The Rescue Diver course is the first of the PADI courses that gets the diver to become more involved with other divers, and to accept more responsibility before, during and after the dive. You learn firstly to self-rescue, and then how to help other divers with any problems they may have. It is both challenging and rewarding, and is the most energetic of the non-professional courses. It combines skills learnt on previous courses with new and more advanced skills.

Apart from the diving aspect it incorporates, leadership, decision making, cooperation, observation and diplomatic skills, that all combine to make this an interesting and worthwhile investment of three days.

The most important skill when involved in a rescue is how not to become a victim yourself. This point is emphasised throughout the course.


A lot of time during the Rescue Diver course is spent at the surface. A high percentage of diver accidents happen at the surface, and even when things go wrong underwater, the victim has to taken to the surface and then removed from the water before full medical assistance can be given.

The skills learnt include how to approach a diver who might be having problems, both at the surface and underwater. How to find a missing diver and bring the diver to the surface. How best to bring a diver in difficulty to an exit point and how to help them from the water.

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to undertake the PADI Rescue Diver course, so please check out the medical form below. Make sure that you can answer ‘No’ to all the questions on the first page. If you need to answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, print out the form, and seek the advice of your doctor. If he declares you fit to dive, please get him or her to fill out the form and then bring it with you when you visit.

Medical Statement PDF

I did my rescue course after a live aboard trip during which I encountered a variety of problems that I just did not know how to solve. Had I done the course first I would have learnt how to deal with these problems easily, safely, and comfortably. I always tell my Open Water students that if they enjoy diving, dive regularly and ‘get into’ diving, they should set this course as a medium term objective – highly recommended!


Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

Premium Service Diving

Because I believe that not everyone gives themselves enough time to get the most out of their scuba diving course I have introduced a new deal for 2018. All of my students are welcome to one or even two days of extra training designed to suit them and their needs.

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The training will be up to two shore per day dives in beautiful Salang Bay. The students can have either one or two days of training at the bargain price of RM 180.00 per day.

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Skills practice in open water

We will obviously cover equipment assembly, the buddy check, entry, decent, ascent and exit. We can also cover any skills that either the student or I feel that would be of benefit to them. We will also develop the underwater skills of body position, fin kicks, buddy co-ordination and critically buoyancy skills.

I appreciate that not everyone can get extended leave, which is one of the reasons they don’t have enough time, so I am prepared to offer the option of allowing them to return at a later date, but within the same season. Since there is a continuum to learning this is not the best way to take advantage of this offer.

Even if you completely ace your course at this price it is cheaper than my regular shore dives, so I encourage all my students to take full advantage of this offer.

All the required course materials, equipment, and certification fees are included in the price.

Rescue Diver Course Schedule

Schedule: 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Duration: 3 days
Number of dives: 5
Standard Service Price: RYM 1300.00
Premium Service Price: RYM 1950.00

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