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Rescue Diver Course

Rescue Diver

Beginning diver courses generally limit emergency skill training to self rescue and tired diver assists. Why?

  • Beginning students lack sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to truly master complex rescue skills.
  • There is simply not enough time in most beginning scuba courses to cover all the rescue and emergency management skills that every diver should have.

This is why the Rescue Diver course provides important follow-on training. It covers:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress.
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems.
  • Dive first aid.
  • Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques.
  • Emergency management and equipment.
  • Panicked diver response.
  • Underwater problem solving.
  • Missing diver procedures.
  • Surfacing the unconscious diver.
  • In-water rescue breathing protocols.
  • Egress (exits).
  • First aid procedures for pressure related accidents.
  • Dive accident scenarios.

"Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The Rescue Diver course also helps you meet important prerequisites for Divemaster and other leadership-level courses. It is an excellent course to take in conjunction with First Aid/CPR and Oxygen Provider training.



Who Can Enroll? This course is open to divers who:

  • Are at least 12 years old.
  • Are certified to the PADI Advanced Open Water level or equivalent.
  • Have logged at least 15 dives.
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses)
  • Are able to either answer No to all questions on the standard Medical History form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.



What is involved? This course consists of:

  • Self study Manual & DVD or e-Learning.
  • 1 Four hour classroom session.
  • 1 Four hour pool training session.
  • 1 day for open water training dives.
  • The PADI U/W Navigator Course is recommended.

Where and When?


Where and when do classes take place? Classes take place at the following places and times:

  • Classroom sessions take place either 6 – 10 pm week nights or 9am – 1 pm on Saturdays.
  • Pool sessions take place either 6 – 10 pm week nights or 1pm – 5 pm on Saturdays at the Wet Set Scuba Indoor / Heated Pool.
  • Local open-water training dives take place either Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm or Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm at Lake Lanier or on certain Rock Quarry trips.

How Much?

How Much

How much does it cost? The course fee is $219 per person and includes:

  • Classroom Q & A session, knowledge review discussions and test.
  • Confined water training and drills in our Indoor/Heated Pool.
  • Open Water Training and Scenario Practice.
  • PADI certification w/ Card upon completion.

Students are responsible for the costs of any dive travel and boat fee’s, plus equipment rentals if needed. Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus:

  • PADI Rescue Diver Training Pack or Online Course & Pocket Mask.

What Equipment?


What equipment will you need? Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins and boots.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder per dive, per day.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
  • Regulator/alternate air source.
  • Dive Computer.
  • U/W Compass.
  • Audible surface signal (whistle).
  • Surface signal (safety tube).
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive Planner and slate.

All of these items are available at Wet Set Scuba for sale or rent. At this level of training all divers should be using their own SCUBA System, for safety, comfort, and experience.

How to Enroll

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Get Started Now: The best way to get started is to either call or visit Wet Set Scuba in Stockbridge, GA to pick up your PADI Rescue Diver Training package and discuss your diving options. You can also get going right now by clicking on the PADI e-Learning link and scheduling your dives on our next trip.

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