Rescue Diver Course

Become the dive buddy that everyone feels safer to have around.

Learn what is required and how to execute a diver rescue in many different conditions while keeping the diver and yourself as safe as possible.

During your 2-day Rescue Diver Course, we will teach you the knowledge and necessary skills to be able to perform diver rescues, assist and provide the necessary first aid in the event of an incident/emergency. 
You will learn skills such as self-rescue, recognising and dealing with panic and stressed divers both on the surface and underwater, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes as well as administering proper first aid to divers that have experienced diving-related injuries.  
 The course consists of home study online theory, Classroom session, Confined water session and Open water dives.
All courses that are taught through Sam Bennett Diving have a ratio of 4:1 (students to instructor)
    — Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
    – Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
    – Provide proof of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives
    * Note: CPR, first aid and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the rescue program.
    What you get out of this course:
    – Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress
    – Become qualified to enroll in your Divemaster Program 


    Equipment, site entry fees, boat fees (if required), gas fees are not included

    Course Requirements:



    – Complete all E-learning Modules before any practical lessons start.
    – Dive planning and dive organisation session. This will be completed either in person or through our online classroom.

    Land Skills

    • Scene assessment
    • Safe access to dive sight
    • Rescue equipment setup
    • Incident management

    IN-water skills

    • On the surface identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:

      a. Breathing difficulties

      b. Tiredness

      c. Leg cramp

      d. Early panic symptoms

    • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres / 20 feet

    • Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres / 150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing

    • Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of 1 aide, remove the diver from the water