As divers, we all chose to experience life underwater by learning to dive. After getting scuba certified, some of us then decided to expand upon our open water skills (and maybe we also wanted to go a little deeper underwater too) by taking the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. But how many of you have gone on to complete your PADI Rescue Diver course? The Rescue Diver course will help you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver. So if you’re still wondering why you should take the Rescue Diver course, check out these 5 important reasons.
Improve Your Scuba Skills and Confidence Underwater
Divers describe the PADI® Rescue Diver course as the “most challenging, yet most rewarding course” and for good reason. You will learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. These skills will be put to the test, both on top of the water and underneath, until you can complete them confidently. With skills and training comes confidence and that’s exactly how the Rescue Diver course will help build your confidence underwater.
Improve Your Underwater Navigation Skills
Navigation. It’s something that some of us were either able to conquer straight away or we just couldn’t quite get the hang of. During the Rescue Diver Course your navigation skills will be tested as you learn how to navigate, search and recover underwater. With plenty of practice throughout the course, your PADI Instructor will make sure you’re capable of navigating through any visibility!
Being Prepared For Any Emergency Situation
We have all learnt about the possible emergencies that can arise from diving. But can you confidently say that you would know what to do in an emergency situation? That’s where the Rescue Diver course comes in. The Rescue Diver course also includes the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training. This training, in conjunction with your Rescue Diver training, will ensure you’re prepared for any medical emergency – on top of the water or underneath.
It’s the Last Course Before the PADI Divemaster Course!
If you’re interested in taking the next step and turning scuba diving into a career, then the PADI Divemaster course might be for you. The Rescue Diver course is the last scuba course that you will need to complete before you start your journey to become an underwater tour guide. The skills and knowledge learnt in your Rescue Diver course will become the foundation of your Divemaster training. Don’t forget – you will also receive a shiny, new black certification card when you complete the PADI Divemaster course!
It’s Loads of Fun
While the Rescue Diver course is quite serious and focused, it’s also a lot of fun. Your Instructor will keep you on your toes throughout the course as you’re constantly surprised by different rescue scenarios. You can expect lots of laughter in between the focused learning, and of course some diving along the way – which is always fun!