PADI Rescue Diver

The Course

The PADI Rescue Diver course is best described as both ‘challenging’ and ‘rewarding’. This course expands on what you already know about preventing problems and how to manage them if they do occur. During the course you will gain in confidence as a diver and become more aware of other divers and your diving environment. On certification you will say it is the most valuable and enjoyable course you’ve have taken.

Course Outline

The PADI Rescue Diver course is modular and is made up of three elements:

Knowledge Development: to enable you to understand the principles of rescue theory. Some home study, using the manual & DVD or electronic equivalent (eLearning), which we provide, is followed by Instructor led sessions to ensure your full understanding.

Confined Water sessions: during three pool sessions you will learn and develop self rescue skills, techniques to deal with problems on the surface and underwater, dealing with responsive and non-responsive divers and exit techniques. These sessions are fun and include scenarios which prepare you for the open water dives.

Open Water Dives: on a day at Capernwray you will participate in a series of accident scenarios allowing you to put into practise what you have learnt in realistic settings.

The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Speciality is an optional course which helps you apply your first aid training to diving situations. This will also count towards your Master Scuba Diver rating. Pay only £49 (including materials and certification) when booked with the Rescue Diver course.

Course Duration & Schedules

Having completed your self study from the course manual and DVD you will complete some theory and practical sessions at the NHDC classroom, followed by practical application in Macclesfield Leisure Centre’s swimming pool. You will go on to complete exercises and scenarios in an Open Water setting at Capernwray (near Lancaster).

Courses are currently scheduled to be completed over the following dates:

  1. April 2018
  • Theory & pool session: Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th
  • Open Water exercises & Scenarios: Saturday 21st


  1.  August 2018
  • Theory & pool session: Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th
  • Open Water exercises & Scenarios: Saturday 18th


New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule. Due to the nature of this course, including the scenarios, it is best to participate on a schedule with other students, but if the scheduled dates are impossible please give us a call to discuss alternatives.



£40 supplement payable if drysuit pool training is required


  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual and DVD or electronic (eLearning) materials
  • Accident Management Slate
  • Full Equipment Hire, including drysuit
  • Pool fees
  • PADI Certification fees

Not Included

  • Travel and entry fees (about £17) to the open water site

Special Offer

Book on to the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course with the Rescue Diver Course and save £40!


PADI Adventure Diver* (or equivalent), and completed a first aid training course including CPR in the last two years. The PADI EFR course is highly recommended.

Minimum age: 12 years old. Note – Children aged 12-14 years old will be awarded the PADI Junior Rescue certification.

Medical: You need to be in good health and reasonably fit, all students will need to fill in a PADI Medical Statement prior to participation.

*Adventure Divers must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive or have completed the Underwater Navigation Specialty prior to enrollment.

To Book

Contact us to answer any questions and to confirm availability. Please complete a Course Booking Form (which may be downloaded and returned as an email attachment) and Medical Statement (which must be printed and completed by hand), returning the statement to us by post, in person or as a scanned copy. We will confirm your place on the course once we have received the completed forms.

Please return both forms to us no later than 2 weeks before your preferred course start date.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us or call in to the dive centre.