Rescue Diver Course

Have you seen a video or witnessed first hand a diving accident? You want to help but you don’t have the skills and feel helpless. Then suddenly you realized you need to equip yourself with rescue diving skills to prevent future diving accidents from happening to you, your family, your buddy, and friends.

Here in Bahia Solano, we can help you achieve that with our PADI Rescue Diver certification course. Our PADI professional instructors here at Ankla Azul will help you prepare on how to deal and manage dive emergencies using a variety of rescue techniques.

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Course Description

The PADI Rescue Diver course will primarily teach you how to prevent and avoid problems before it happens.

This course will start with knowledge developments by attending classroom lectures and discussing all the 5 knowledge segments. This will be followed by the confined water session wherein the 10 rescue exercises will be practiced and performed. At the end of this course, your skills will be put to the test by doing 2 rescue scenarios in the ocean.

As mentioned below in the requirements, EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months is a must. In case you do not have this certification or equivalent qualification, then we can arrange that for you by taking a separate course which is the Emergency First Response.

While we take the Rescue diver course seriously here in Bahia Solano, our PADI professional instructors will make sure that your rescue training will be fun, memorable, and valuable.

Course Sections


Knowledge Developments

Knowledge development segments
Confined water session
Water skills assessment
Quizzes and final exam

Rescue Scenarios

1- Unresponsive Diver Underwater
2- Unresponsive Diver at the Surface

Rescue Exercises 

1- Tired Diver
2- Panicked Diver
3- Response from shore, boat or dock to a responsive diver
4- Distressed Diver Underwater
5- Missing Diver
6- Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
7- Unresponsive Diver at the Surface
8- Exiting the Unresponsive Diver
9- First Aid for Pressure-Related Injuries and Oxygen Administration
10- Response from Shore/Boat to Unresponsive (nonbreathing) Diver at the Surface

Certification Requirements

At least 12 years old
Must be a certified Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver or adventure diver
EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months
Complete the knowledge development segments, including quizzes and final exam
Complete five knowledge development segments
Demonstrate skills from the Self-Rescue Review either in confined or open water
Demonstrate skills from Rescue Exercises 1-10 in open water
Participate in Rescue Scenarios 1 and 2 in open water
Prepare an emergency assistance plan for a dive site

Important Information


Time to complete the Rescue diver  course in Bahía Solano = 2 days
Depth for Rescue Exercise # 4 (Distressed diver underwater) = 12 meters (40 feet)
Depth for Rescue Exercise # 6 (Surfacing an unresponsive diver) and Rescue Scenario # 1 (Unresponsive diver underwater) = 9 meters (30 feet)
12 to 14 years old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications
NOTE: After any scuba diving activity, you need 18 hours before flying out of Bahía Solano or going to high altitude

Included In The Price  


Diving equipment required to complete the course
Rescue Diver Manual E-Book
Dive log to register your dive
Confined water session
Rescue dive exercises and scenarios
Certification card
Snacks and drinks
Diving insurance

Excluded From The Price


Transportation to Bahía Solano
Bahía Solano Airport Fee
New regulator mouthpiece (20,000 COP) additional

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What's Next

Do you want to become a role model, and at the same time, a responsible leader in your diving group of friends? We can help you with that here in Bahia Solano by taking our PADI Divemaster Course. Our PADI professional instructors here at Ankla Azul will help you take it to the next level by learning how to supervise scuba diving activities and assist Instructors during scuba certification courses. And to top it all, this is your first step in becoming a dive pro.

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In Bahia Solano, Advanced divers can explore a once-mighty naval ship that is now peacefully resting in the seafloor and serving as an artificial reef. Our crew in Ankla Azul will gladly take you to an underwater tour in this legendary shipwreck and see how marine life has made this place HOME.

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