Rescue Diver

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The Rescue Diver program builds your confidence and competence as a recreational diver.


  • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course.
  • You must have Completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months*.

Aquaventure Dive & Photo instructors will not let you into the water until you have completed and signed the proper documents. All forms are now sent digitally after registering for a class.

* CPR and First Aid classes are frequently offered concurrently with the Rescue Diver program

PADI rescue diver training

Course Description

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging yet rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem-solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious but still allows for lots of laughter between the focused learning.


What do I need?

We suggest divers completing the Rescue Diver Course – or any other continuing education programs – have their own scuba gear, but rentals are available. You’ll also need…

  • Signaling device (surface and underwater)
  • Pocket mask and slate (this is included with your class)
  • First aid kit
  • To process your PADI Rescue Diver certification card, proof of a current (within 24 months) CPR/First Aid Certification is required (This course is also offered at Aquaventure – call for dates)

Class Schedule

Please visit our Course Schedule page or visit Aquaventure Scuba & Travel today.

Student Testimonials

I’ve done all my training and testing with the Aquaventure teams. They have great instructors and a fun atmosphere, all very knowledgeable, and they work hard to make your diving experience worth remembering. If you ever thought about experiencing scuba diving, I would highly recommend starting here!

Mike K

I’ve been to all the dive shops in town and Aquaventure definitely has the friendliest staff and best selection of gear!

Gary B

Awesome instructors! I was more than prepared for my training dives when I went to Florida!

Jill A

Great place to learn how to dive. Very private with close instruction. Go as fast as you are comfortable with super friendly instructors. My 10-year-old and I loved it. A great experience. Top-notch dive shop!

Paul K

My 11-year-old son and I took the PADI Open Water Diver class through Aquaventure, and we could not be happier with the experience. Erik did a fantastic job educating and coaching us through the entire process.

Casey K

Both of my teens have achieved their Open Water certifications now with training from their excellent instructors and dive masters. As a 27-year diver, I wholeheartedly trust Aquaventure to provide quality training and service!

Chris T

Class Fees

The Rescue Diver course fee is $348 per person.

The Rescue Diver course includes:

  • Online eLearning Code (at your pace from the comfort of your home)
  • Two pool sessions (short sessions in our on-site pool)
  • Dive Scene Management Slate
  • Pocket Mask
  • Open water scenarios (one morning at the lake)
  • Certification card processing

The Emergency First Responder beginner class is $179 per person. The fee includes PADI eLearning code and tuition.

Cancelation Policy—Course fees are due upon class enrollment to guarantee your space in the class. Class fees are non-refundable within 14 days of the class start date and non-transferable within seven days of class start time. Once PADI eLearning codes are assigned and redeemed (a student account is created), these codes are non-refundable. One class date transfer is allowed for a fee. All course fees are forfeited if you do not attend class.