If there's only one scuba course that changes the way you dive the most, and how you observe other divers, it has to be the Rescue Diver certification.
This guide explains how to study online (or offline) and then meet up with a Scuba Instructor to finish the practical training and get certified as PADI® Rescue Diver.
Some of the notable reasons this will be your favourite scuba course is because you will learn:
All scuba divers, especially beginners with an entry level certification, should never underestimate the importance of being able to identify minor issues.
Because small problems that don't get fixed in the early stages can quickly manifest themselves into big problems underwater.
In a nutshell, the skills and knowledge that you'll learn in the Rescue Diver course will give you extra confidence in your own ability. And... you'll have a lot of fun during the training.
Diving in a bit deeper:
The course content for the PADI Rescue Diver Course Online is presented in five sections to make the topics easier to learn and understand, including:
The online version of the course contains all the knowledge development requirements that you need. You also get unlimited access to the PADI Rescue Diver manual online for reference after you finish the training.
After you complete the home study sections, an Instructor will teach you how to think like a rescue diver through a combination of in-water skills practice and emergency simulations.
Important: All PADI® Scuba Diving Courses are flexible and performance-based. You'll practice basic rescue skills in a confined water environment (e.g. a pool) and then show you can effectively apply them in open water (e.g. an ocean).
The electronic learning process delivers various interactive presentations, including video, audio, assorted graphics, and easy-to-understand reading sections.
Completing the short quizzes will confirm if you understood the information. As a result, you can move through the program at your own pace.
An exam at the end of each section is scored by automatic process and helps to verify mastery of the entire topic.
In case you were wondering:
After registering for a course, you get twelve (12) months to complete most eLearning scuba programs. Usually, you will need to allocate ten (10) to twelve (12) hours of study time to complete the PADI® Rescue Diver Online Course.
You need to be fit for diving and twelve (12) years of age or older to enrol in the course. Furthermore, you must have a scuba certification beyond entry-level training that proves you have experience in underwater navigation training.
Note: Completing the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive from the PADI Adventure Diver certification would meet this particular requirement.
The most important part of the course finishes with ten rescue exercises (e.g. leg cramp removal, assisting a tired diver) conducted in open water. Finally, you will perform two Rescue Diver Scenarios by "role-playing" with other divers - also in an open water environment.
You can contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete the Practical Application sessions and Rescue Scenario Training dives required for certification as a PADI Rescue Diver.
Now, you may be wondering what comes after learning about rescue diving scenarios? Next, you will start to focus on anticipating and preventing common scuba diver errors that many learners make.
You will have learned how to prevent, and manage where necessary, some of the most serious scuba diving emergencies. In fact, rescue diver training is one of the most challenging and demanding courses available - with obvious rewards for the effort invested.
Note: The short video [1:31 seconds] presented by PADI outlines what to expect if you participate in the Rescue Diver course training scenarios. Click here to contact the Private Scuba Diving Team in Thailand.