PADI Rescue Diver Course

Though we don’t expect to experience problems, knowing and understanding what to do if any issues do occur will give you the confidence to assist you buddy before they become “bigger problems.”

Our PADI Rescue Diver course conducted through the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub is a 2-day course that takes you through a step-by-step process on what do to prevent and aid in diving emergencies. You will develop your knowledge and skills to better manage diving incidents that may occur on dives starting with self-rescue techniques and expanding through to decompression and pressure related injuries. You will become a better diver and better buddy by knowing and understanding the importance of diver safety through risk minimisation and management.

Choose to stay on the island with our range of accommodation options, or travel from Cairns each day aboard the Fitzroy Flyer.

What You Will Learn

Become a better diver with the PADI Rescue Diver course by learning how to:

  • Identify and fix minor problems both underwater and on the surface before they become serious problems.
  • Gain more confidence as a diver and snorkel
  • Improve your navigation skills
  • Use emergency equipment

Course Requirements

Day One

On the first day of the course, you will arrive at the Fitzroy Island Sports Hub at 9.30am. We will finalise any payments, go through your paperwork and size you up into your equipment. From there we will make our way into the water and commence your in-water rescue training.

At 12pm, we will break for lunch and have you return at 1pm for the afternoon’s in-water activities. You will be finished for the day at 4pm.

Time Exercise
9:30am Arrival, paperwork, final payments
10:00am Self-rescue, Rescue exercises 1 – 4
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Rescue exercise from Coral Viewer (exercise 6) + 4 -9
4:00pm Finish


Day Two

On the second day, you will again arrive at 9.30am for your in-water rescue training and break for lunch at 12pm. Returning at 1pm for the afternoon session. We will be finished with all your rescue training and will be able to certify you as a rescue diver by 4pm.

Congratulations, you are certified!

Time Exercise
9:30am Rescue exercise 10, practice skills/catch up
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Scenario 1+2 from Coral viewer
4:00pm Finish


Details & Bookings

  • Age: Minimum 12 years (12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications)
  • When: On request – contact us for bookings.
  • WhereFISH at Fitzroy Island Resort.
  • Duration: 2 days of diving + pre-study.
  • Requirements: Medical declaration form – Click here for a full list of requirements.
Options Price
2 Day PADI Rescue Diver Course
includes all dive equipment, study materials, certification and eLearning.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Click here for a full list of requirements for our dive programs and equipment hire.

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