What is a Rescue Diver and How Do You Become One?

What is a Rescue Diver and How Do You Become One?
5 Jun 2018

What is a Rescue Diver and How Do You Become One?

Are you looking for a challenging, yet rewarding career change? Do you enjoy scuba diving and are wondering how you can turn that hobby into a full-fledged career? If you would like to make a career out of scuba diving without becoming a PADI instructor, you may want to consider a career in rescue diving. Check out more about what a rescue diver does and how you can go about getting your certification.

What Is a Rescue Diver?

A rescue diver is a level of certification provided by training agencies like PADI that highlights diver rescue and emergency response. A rescue diver:

  • rescues panicked and unresponsive divers
  • manages stress in other divers
  • prevent and foresee emergency situations

By becoming a rescue diver, you will know how to keep yourself and other divers safe.

How Do You Become a Rescue Diver?

Are you wanting to pursue becoming a rescue diver? You need to take a rescue diving course. This course entails learning how to use emergency equipment, learning how to do in water rescue breaths, and emergency management. You will participate in dive accident simulation exercises.

You will also learn:

  • how to carry both conscious and unconscious divers out of the water
  • the proper procedures of giving oxygen to divers
  • how to tow an exhausted diver

The course takes place over a two day period in which you provide your own diving equipment. After you take the rescue diver course, you will receive your lifetime PADI rescue diver certification.

Who Can Take the Rescue Diver Course?

Before taking the rescue diver course, there are a few prerequisites. You must have CPR and First Aid certification. You will also need to be sure that you have completed Advanced Open Water. Other requirements necessary are a signed medical certification statement and twenty logged dives.

What Can You Do with a Rescue Diving Certification?

What do you do after you become certified? After you complete rescue diving certification, you may choose to go onto the dive master course or master scuba course. Perhaps you want to use the knowledge you have acquired and become a volunteer rescue diver. Maybe you want to add this certification to your present career to expand your skills.

Ready to Become a Rescue Diver?

Becoming a certified rescue diver will help you gain the confidence necessary to handle any of the “what if” situations that you may confront while in the water. This knowledge could not only save your own life but the lives of others as well.

Are you ready to pursue your rescue diving certification? We would love to help you become a rescue diver or work with you to find the right courses to fit your needs.

If you are ready to become a rescue diver, contact us today with any questions about certification and courses and information about becoming a proficient local diver.