The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches divers to handle and prevent dive problems both for themselves and others. Self rescue, stress management, emergency management, search and recovery, and emergency equipment use are all key portions of this course.
Training and scenarios also teach rescue divers how to react and handle panicked or unresponsive divers. The Rescue Diver certification is a pre-requisite of the Divemaster certification.
In order to begin the Rescue Diver Certification, all students must:
- Hold a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or qualifying certification from another organization
- Be at least twelve (12) years of age
- Hold current CPR and first aid certifications.
- Complete a short medical questionnaire or have one on file (some students may have to consult their medical doctor to obtain a signature)
It is recommended that students have their own mask, fins, and snorkel; Deep Blue can provide buoyancy control devices (BCDs), air, cylinders, weight belts, weights, and wetsuits if they are needed.
All students will receive the instructional materials necessary to study for and complete the Rescue Diver course. The weekend diving license for Blue Hole (in Santa Rosa, NM) will also be provided.
Class & Dive Schedules
Classroom sessions: There are typically one to two classroom sessions, which will be scheduled to meet the needs of each class. Class schedules are posted in the Classes section. Dive sessions are posted in the Classes as well as the News & Events section. Classroom sessions are typically completed no later than the Friday before the confined water dives.
Confined water dives: There are two confined water dive sessions scheduled at local pools. The scheduled "pool session" will appear on the Classes and News & Events sections. Each listed class provides a link to Google Maps, as well as the session date and time. These sessions are usually on a Saturday and Sunday, although schedules may be adapted to meet student needs. The confined water dives do not have to be "rushed" -- they may be spread out over several weekends, if necessary, or desired by the student.
Open Water Dives: These are usually conducted at Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM. Open water dives are listed in the Classes and News & Events sections with a linked map. The open water dives are conducted over the course of a weekend. Students should expect to stay overnight in Santa Rosa and make arrangements for accommodation. Lunch is not provided, although Deep Blue does bring a barbecue grill, a table, and chairs. Normally, each class meets for dinner after classes on Saturday and Sunday.
It is important students understand that elevation changes between Santa Rosa and Albuquerque can adversely impact student safety. Deep Blue strongly advises students stay the night in Santa Rosa at after repetitive or deep diving. Students are advised that they should allow themselves several hours after the end of diving on the second day (if applicable) to out-gas before driving home.