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Rescue Diver

Enjoy the challenge of one of PADI’s most rewarding and greatest confidence-building courses as you become a certified PADI Rescue Diver in Roatan. This is a PADI certification course that some might say is “serious fun.” And will develop you to not only be a safer diver, but to be a better dive buddy as you learn how to prevent and manage dive-related emergencies.

Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to an experience that will make you mentally and physically stronger as a diver. Sharpen your senses, your knowledge and your diving techniques.

What you’ll learn

In the PADI Rescue Diver course, you will learn how to safely and confidently manage the following situations:

  • Self-rescue situations such as cramp release, using an alternate air source, overcoming vertigo and reestablishing sense of direction
  • Assisting a tired diver at the surface
  • Assisting a responsive diver in distress both underwater and at the surface from the shore, boat or dock
  • Rescuing a panicked diver
  • Quickly and efficiently searching for a missing diver
  • Surfacing an unresponsive diver from under water and performing rescue procedures at the surface
  • Administering first aid and emergency oxygen

As a prerequisite to the PADI Divemaster certification, when you become a PADI Rescue Diver, you’ll climb one step closer to the world of professional diving.

Before you start your training

To become a PADI Rescue Diver, you must have completed Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care – or an equivalent CPR training course. You also need to have your Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water diver certification, with the latter recommended.

If you want to get a glimpse of what the Rescue Diver course is like, you can choose to do a Rescue Adventure dive as part of your Advanced Open Water or Adventure Diver course.

There are two ways to approach the Knowledge Development portion of the program:    

See what becoming a Rescue Diver looks like with Sun Divers!

Option 1 | PADI E-Learning

PADI Rescue Diver eLearning is perfect option for people who like to learn online independently and at their own pace. This option allows you to complete the knowledge development portions of the course in advance, so you can focus on the in-water training when you arrive. This also adds convenience, shortening your onsite training time to 2 days so you can enjoy more of your vacation and fun diving!

Wondering if E-Learning is right for you? Check out this blog article to help you decide.   

Sign up for PADI e-learning to complete the knowledge development before arrival and shave a day off of your course time!

Option 2 | Full PADI Course at Sun Divers    

This option is great for people who are more verbal and social learners. With this approach, knowledge development occurs through reading the Rescue Diver Manual and reviewing and discussing each section with your instructor. You’ll receive 2.5 days of training with our experienced staff.  We recommend that you take a half or full day in advance to read your materials and watch the required videos. We can also ship the book to you ahead of time – or you can buy at your local PADI dive shop – so you can get all the studying done before your vacation! 

Complete the knowledge development before your arrival and eliminate the need to study while on vacation! Not sure if you e-learning is right for you? Check out this blog to help make your decision.


Price: $224 Paid to PADI Directly + 300 discounted rate for Sun Divers instruction
Time Commitment: 2 days
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Full Course

Price: $380 + Materials
Time Commitment: 2 days
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What You'll Learn

Enhanced safety, diving emergency prevention and management, rescue techniques and how to apply First Aid & CPR techniques

What's Included:

Instruction, equipment and Rescue Scenario Open Water Dives

What You Achieve:

Rescue Diver Certification


12 years or older, PADI Adventure Diver certification or equivalent from a recognized agency, current EFR certification or equivalent CPR + First Aid certification from a recognized agency obtained with the previous 24 months and completed PADI Medical Questionnaire.

*All prices are subject to Honduran sales tax. A $10 Roatan Marine Park user fee is also added per diver which goes toward the protection and conservation of the reef.
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