PADI Rescue Diver course


PADI Rescue Diver course


Quick Description:

  1. eLearning online study: $215AUD
  2. In-Water Sections: $245
  3. Dive Crew Night’s: FREE!

Entry Requirements: 

PADI Adventure Diver, 12 yrs old, RSTC Medical statement

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Scheduled Courses:

  • 1st and 2nd of August

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These words probably best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned during your diving to date, this course expands your knowledge and prepares you to deal with any problems you may encounter, on and under the water.

The Rescue Diver course is the perfect opportunity for you to develop your personal self-rescue dive skills, help tired divers, administer first aid and rescue distressed divers, under the guidance of your PADI Instructor.

During the online theory you’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor.  After you have completed the Rescue Diver theory online, you come in and spend a weekend with us practicing the skills and concepts you learnt about, first in the pool then out in the ocean in progressively more challenging situations.  We also take you through the Medic First Aid practical if you don’t already have a first aid and CPR certificate.

The Rescue Diver will start you looking differently at diving, being more aware of the divers around you as well your own safety and dive gear.  It is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Rating (the most prestigious recreational rating) as well as the Divemaster programme (the first step in the professional dive ratings).  It is commonly viewed as the most important dive course people take.

Another step closer to PADI Master Scuba Diver….

PADI Rescue Diver Course Outline

  1. Digital Theory – PADI Rescue Diver eLearning or tablet course (about 11 hours)
  2. Full Weekend – Practical rescue skills and scenarios in the pool and open water
  3. Come to Crew Night and collect your certificate

Rescue Diver Course Pre-requisites

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or Adventure Diver with Navigation (or qualifying certification from another agency)
  • 12 Years of age or older

What to Bring

  • RSTC Medical Statement (completed in the last 12 months) and medical clearance if required.
  • Your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver card or Adventure Diver with Navigation
  • Your eLearning completion form
  • First Aid & CPR certificate (can be taught in conjunction with the course)
  • Swimming costume and towel, plus your dive gear.  Hire gear available as needed.


  • PADI Rescue Diver eLearning: $215AUD (Limited stock at $200NZD when purchased in store).
  • Practical fee:  $245
  • If you need a First Aid & CPR certificate, the Medic First Aid course, run in conjunction with the Rescue Diver Course:  $150 (normally $185-$195)


  • Course times are 8.30am to approximately 4:30pm. Courses are normally once every 3 months through-out the year or by demand.
  • One-off mid-week courses by arrangement, conditions apply.

Booking your PADI Rescue Diver Course

Our PADI Rescue Diver Courses are run regularly in Wellington throughout the year to your preference.  Check the Dive Crew Calendar for scheduled courses and contact us for the course you’d like to join.  One-off courses other than those scheduled can be arranged by appointment if preferred.  Conditions apply.

PADI eLearning: PADI Rescue Diver online eLearning or tablet courses available via any of the blue PADI eLearning buttons on our website.  You can purchase and start these any time but must be completed before the diving weekend.

In-Water Sections:  Minimum $80 Deposit with your Name, Date of Birth and a valid eMail address when booking.  Fees can be paid online, in store or over the phone with a valid credit card.  Deposits are transferable to another person but are non refundable.

Want your course a little cheaper?

For any new customer (someone who has not yet taken a course with New Zealand Sea Adventures) you get on one of our dive courses you receive $20 off the practical section of your course.