Beginning diver courses generally limit emergency skill training to self rescue and tired diver assists. Why?
- Beginning students lack sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to truly master complex rescue skills.
- There is simply not enough time in most beginning scuba courses to cover all the rescue and emergency management skills that every diver should have.
The PADI Rescue Diver course comes at a place in the learning continuum (between Advanced and Divemaster) when students have sufficient knowledge and experience to truly master comprehensive rescue skills.
Students must meet the following prerequisites:
- Be certified the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)
- Complete Emergency First Response (or equivalent First Aid/CPR) before participating in the open-water portion of the Rescue Diver course.
- Be able to answer No to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course
What is Involved?
This course involves:
- Extensive self study, followed by two evenings of class work, during which you will review the homework and discuss upcoming dives and skills.
- Two full days of open-water training.
Except as noted, classroom sessions take place either at our Willoughby or Fairview Park locations. Locally conducted open-water training dives generally take place at White Star Quarry.
When Can You Start?
Classes are generally held on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, followed by a weekend of open-water training.
- April 25th & 27th Classroom
- April 29th Pool
- Open Water Dives : May 21st
- June 20th & 22nd Classroom
- June 24th Pool
- Open Water Dives: June 25th
- August 1st & 3rd Classroom
- August 5th Pool
- Open Water Dives: August 6th
- May 16th & 18th Classroom
- May 20th Pool
- Open Water Dives: May 21st
Please Note: While we make every effort to ensure that the information appearing on our website is accurate and up-to-date, it is your responsibility to call Just Add Water at least 24 hours in advance to confirm date, time and meeting place.
The cost for this course is $288, which includes textbook and slate. Students are responsible for transportation, lodging, meals, dive site admission, and must supply the items listed below.
Students are also responsible for supplying the following:
- Pocket mask.
- Mask, snorkel, fins.
- Adequate exposure protection.
- One cylinder per dive, per day.
- Weight system, weights.
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD).
- Regulator/alternate air source.
- Depth gauge/timer or computer.
- Audible surface signal.
- Surface signal (safety tube).
- Cutting tool.
All of these items are available for purchase at Just Add Water; some may be also be available for rental.
How Do You Sign Up?
Just call or visit either Just Add Water location.
Vist our Downloads page to access any waiver, medical and other forms you may need for upcoming Just Add Water scuba courses or experiences.