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Rescue Diver & EFR

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course.

PADI Rescue Diver

Building upon what you’ve already learned in your Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diver courses the Rescue Diver expands your knowledge of diver emergencies and illnesses. You will become a much better dive buddy with an ability to recognise problems before they occur, and by knowing how best to react when something does go wrong when diving.

The Fun Part
The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and overcoming them. Through skill development in confined water and realistic scenarios in open water, you will learn to manage complex dive emergencies and treat divers who need your help.

What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognising and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The Scuba Gear You Use
You will be using all your basic scuba kit for this course. You will also learn to use a pocket mask for rescue breathing, and how to safely handle an emergency oxygen kit and how to use it in a diving emergency.

To take part in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must:

  • Be 15 years old (12 for Junior Rescue Diver)
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organisation)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (or take the EFR training alongside your Rescue Diver course)


Our Premier EFR package includes the following courses:

EFR Primary and Secondary Care
EFR Care for Children
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course


Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches you how to deal with emergencies that are immediately life threatening. You will focus on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure you have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to use your new skills.

During the Primary Care (CPR) course you will practice skills including Scene Assessment, Barrier Use, Primary Assessment, Rescue Breathing, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Serious Bleeding Management, Shock Management and Spinal Injury Management.

Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening or when local medical services are unavailable or delayed. You focus on secondary assessment and first aid through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice. The Secondary Care (first aid) skills include Injury Assessment, Illness Assessment, Bandaging and Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures.

Your Emergency First Response skills require refreshing every 24 months. If your certification has expired you can attend a refresher course to update your skills and make sure you are up to date with the latest information. An Emergency First Response refresher course is £75, and can be run on its own or alongside a group taking the course for the first time.


The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR, first aid and AED training course that teaches people how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. You’ll learn about medical emergencies that children face and how they differ from adult conditions. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.


Who should take the course?
Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise by becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider. Breathe easy with the knowledge of how to recognise illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. Being the best buddy you can be means being prepared, especially in a time of need.

What will you learn
During the course you will learn how to recognise diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen, properly setup equipment and administer emergency oxygen.

The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual is an important component of PADI’s Emergency Oxygen training program. Before your practical session you’ll review a step-by-step explanation of when and how to provide emergency oxygen. You’ll also learn about safety considerations, and how to assemble and disassemble emergency oxygen equipment. The care-at-a-glance card is a quick reference guide to pack in your dive bag and review in case of an emergency.

Though suited for divers, this course has no prerequisites and doesn’t include dives, which means it is equally applicable to those who are around divers – boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards, and shore staff. You don’t need any previous CPR or first aid training to take the course.

Where is the course held?
As there are no in-water skills for this course we run it in the comfort of our dive classroom in Yate. We can also travel to you, so if you have a group and a room large enough for all the participants and a mannequin, then we can run the course at a time and location to suit you.

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Want to Join The dive Club?

How to join

Our dive club membership runs annually and is renewed every January.

To sign up for the dive club all you need to do is submit a Club Membership form along with your club membership fee of £45.

Updates are sent out through email, and you will have access to our members-only Facebook group which is ideal for arranging dives with other club members.