SDI Rescue Diver

Have you ever been in a situation where you wish that more help could be render in a diving incident? Or do you want to simply equip yourself with more skills and knowledge in preparation of unfortunate incident? If so, this course is for you!

The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self-rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes. After the SDI Rescue Diver Course, you can enrol in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.

Who this course is for: 

  • Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set 
  • Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training 
  • Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader 

What you can expect to learn: 

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid. 

You will cover all of the following and more! 

  • Prevention and causes of diving accidents 
  • Stress and psychological factors 
  • Physical conditioning 
  • Equipment 
  • Surface drowning syndrome 
  • Diving lifesaving 
  • Self rescue 
  • Diver assists 
  • Surface and underwater rescues 
  • Types of transports 
  • In-water artificial respiration 
  • Boat and shore exit techniques 
  • Diver first aid 
  • Review of oxygen administration 
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management 
  • Information collection 
  • Access to a hyperbaric chamber 
  • Accident Management 
  • Access to emergency transport/assistance 
  • Accident reporting 
  • Liability and related legal considerations 

Some of the in-water skills include: 

  • On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating: 
  • Breathing difficulties 
  • Tiredness 
  • Leg cramp 
  • 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 one aide, remove the diver from the water 

What’s in it for you? 

  • Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress 
  • Become qualified to enroll in: 
  • The SDI Master Diver program 
  • The SDI Divemaster course 

CPR, First Aid and Oxygen administrator training are all pre-requirement of the SDI Rescue Diver program. Visit the First Response Training International page to find out more about these courses.