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PADI Rescue Diver

Develop skills to help recognize, respond, and prevent diving emergencies

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2+ Class

Want to take your diving skills to the next level? Want to be a better diver and safer dive buddy?

PADI’s Rescue Diver certification helps divers strengthen their knowledge of dive safety, hone their situational awareness and learn the skills necessary to recognize, respond to, and, most importantly, help prevent diving emergencies for themselves and those around them.

Rescue Diver is a thoroughly rewarding, but challenging course and requires both knowledge development and in-water training for certification. After completing the PADI eLearning portion of the class, students join an instructor for three training days, either from a shoreline location (conditions permitting), pool or on our dive boat. All training days involve direct participation in scenarios requiring active problem solving, critical thinking and strenuous physical activity.

PADI Rescue Diver is both a physically and mentally demanding course, however it is also the most productive course for advancing your dive skills and safety. If you’re serious about becoming a safer, more well-rounded diver, PADI’s Rescue Diver course is for you. Essential for divers who dive without a professional or in destinations and environments that require more personal responsibility.

While not required, if you haven’t invested in a set of personal scuba gear yet, consider doing so before starting the Rescue Diver course. You’ll spend a lot of time taking your equipment on and off and learning self-rescue techniques. Having gear you’re familiar with and comfortable using is beneficial during this course.

Prerequisites for the PADI Rescue Diver certification:

  • Must be at least 12 years old.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care training or equivalent certification within the last 24 months.
  • Advanced Open Water Diver certification or Adventure Diver certification with completion of the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive.
  • Complete the knowledge portion of this course using PADI eLearning. Available on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer and can be completed at your leisure anytime before the in-water portion of your class begins. Please add Kona Diving Company as your affiliate dive shop.


All charters include air tanks, dive weights, defog and complementary use of our masks, snorkels and full-foot fins.

Private instructor (maximum 1 or 2 students per instructor).

Snacks are served between dives (including our famous homemade brownies!) and a variety of hot and cold beverages are available. Our boat includes a mixture of sun and shade and a hot freshwater shower to rinse off after diving.

We offer a generous student discount during and immediately following your course on all dive equipment.

Not Included

The PADI Rescue Diver eLearning classwork. The fee for the online learning component of the program is payable directly to PADI upon registration.

A logbook. Available for purchase at our shop or you can purchase one with your local shop. Must be a PADI training logbook with Rescue Diver training pages.

A rescue breathing mask. Available for purchase at our shop or you can purchase one with your local shop. Must be a PADI-approved rescue breathing mask.

Dive accident management slate. Available for purchase at our shop or you can purchase one with your local shop. Must be a PADI-approved dive accident management slate.

Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, hat, rash guard, refillable water bottle, hair ties, reef-safe sunscreen and anything else you need for an active day in the ocean.


Rental Gear
– Weight integrated BCD with trim pockets
– 3mm or 5mm full wetsuits
– Nitrox-compatible computer
– Regulator (regulator rental automatically includes a console dive computer)

Enriched Air Nitrox
Not required, but always recommended. Digital analyzer available on board.
Not Nitrox certified? We offer Nitrox Certification and Introduction to Nitrox (Introduction to Nitrox can even count as one of your Adventure Dives!)

Before you Book:

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness and the PADI Rescue Diver course in particular is both a physically and mentally demanding course. Mobility issues, chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Review the diver medical questionnaire before enrolling in any scuba course.


Scuba diving is an extreme sport and restrictions must be adhered to before, during and after to mitigate potential health risks. Post-diving, this includes flying, going to altitude, freediving and other activities that could contribute to Decompression Sickness.