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PADI Rescue Diver

Handle Emergencies

PADI Rescue Diver

Handle Emergencies

PADI Rescue Diver

Handle Emergencies

Looking for some ‘serious fun’? The PADI Rescue Diver course is just the thing you’re searching for. You’ll learn how to prevent and manage problems in the water, becoming more confident as a diver during this fun-filled, challenging yet incredibly rewarding course.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is described by many scuba divers as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken.

Following some ‘self study’ you’ll complete at home, you’ll meet the NHDC team to review your theory before getting on with the rewarding bits!

You will take part in ‘confined water’ sessions in a large swimming pool where you will learn the skills that you’ll need to rescue divers safely. You will get the chance to practice various rescue skills from the surface as well as from the bottom of the pool. Class sizes are small and the pace is relaxed with plenty of time for practice.

Having mastered your rescue diver skills you will participate in a day out at Capernwray (near Lancaster) to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course exercises and scenarios in an open water setting. During the day you will put into practice all the things that you have learnt in the pool.

This course expands on what you already know about preventing problems and how to manage them if they do occur. You’ll gain in confidence as a diver and become more aware of others and your diving environment. Ultimately you’ll know that you can help others if needed.


Basic Course: £385

Standard Course: £485

Deluxe Option: £585

Executive Option: additional £100 on Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee.


Min Age: 12 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have a GP countersign it if required.

Ability: 1. PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver* (or equivalent) as a minimum  2. Completed a first aid training course including CPR in the last two years (the EFR course is highly recommended).

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

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Knowledge Development 

As part of the PADI Rescue Diver Course, you’ll complete two Knowledge Development sessions and a course exam.

The theory side can be completed at you own pace and with electronic and physical manuals to choose from, you can select the format that’s right for you.  This will be reviewed during a classroom session before your first Skills Development session putting it into practice in the pool.


Skills Development

Also known as ‘Confined Water’ sessions, you’ll practice and ultimately master the skills that will allow you to safely and effectively rescue a diver, what ever the situation. Our Skills Development sessions will take place at local leisure centres on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

You will enjoy a minimum of 6 hours in the pool, practising these skills before going on to complete them in an open water setting. If you’ve never dived in a drysuit, we will offer you the chance to complete a drysuit orientation session to ensure you stay comfortable before you progress to the Open Water dive site.


Open Water Dives

Over the course of a day, you’ll complete several exercises  and a couple of ‘real world’ scenarios in open water. On successful completion, you’ll be recognised worldwide as a buddy anyone would be proud to be in the water with.

We’ll provide everything you need. We provide ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

As part of the PADI Rescue Diver course, you’ll be learning how to administer rescue breaths and oxygen. Having your own pocket mask and barrier pack is highly recommended.

We highly recommend completing the Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty while you’re with us during an extended classroom session, allowing you to gain the skills to help wherever and whenever the need arises.

We offer both fast track and more leisurely schedules as standard, totalling a minimum of 6 hours of ‘confined water’ training before heading to the open water dive site for a weekend of fun and adventure.

Each pool session lasts up to 4 hours (with up to 3 hours ‘in water’) and take place on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at Macclesfield or Congleton Leisure Centres.

Knowledge Development can be completed at your own pace but will be reviewed with the NHDC team at our Dive Centre before your first pool session. During an extended session, you’ll have the option of completing the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty too.

Open Water exercises and scenarios are completed over a day, with one arranged each quarter.

Due to the nature of this course, including the scenarios, it is best to participate in a schedule with other students. New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so if the scheduled dates are not convenient please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

On all of our PADI Rescue Diver course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • 6 hours (minimum) Skills Development (confined water)
  • Free rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, fins, mask, snorkel, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. Oxygen and First Aid kits])
  • Course materials
  • PADI Certification

Our dives are usually completed in UK water, therefore we recommend you use a drysuit and undersuit for greater comfort. If you have no previous drysuit experience, we will arrange a pool based orientation session for an additional £40 before your day in Open Water so you are fully prepared and confident to jump in.

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Basic Course

All of the above


Standard Course

All of the above, plus barrier pack and Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty


Deluxe Course

All of the above, barrier pack, Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty plus Emergency First Response Course (or refresher).

Knowledge Development 

Completed in your own time, this can be started at any time and completed at your own pace. Choose from using a physical manual with DVD or an electronic version compatible with desktops or laptops (eLearning).

Electronic versions can be issued via email whereas physical course manuals can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.

An initial £100 deposit will ensure course materials can be issued, allowing you to start as soon as you want!

What ever option you choose, the NHDC team will be on hand to help you through and answer any questions as you progress. We will then meet you for a Knowledge Development session at the NHDC Classroom before your first pool session to review things and allow you to ask any questions you may have.


Skills Development 

Confined Water sessions take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons at local leisure centres. We offer standard schedules, with a minimum of 6 hours spent in the pool before progressing to the Open Water site.

Pool sessions lasts up to 4 hours, with up to 3 hours ‘in water’ on each. With a maximum depth of 3 metres, you’ll soon be able to master a variety of rescue techniques.


Basic Course

Complete the PADI Rescue Diver course using the materials of your choice and a standard schedule.


Standard Course

Complete the PADI Rescue Diver course using the materials of your choice and a standard schedule. Extend the Knowledge Development session to complete the Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty while you’re with us and gain that certification too. You’ll also receive a barrier pack, including face mask and gloves. All this will truly mean you’ll be able to help in any situation.


Deluxe Course

Complete the PADI Rescue Diver course using the materials of your choice and a standard schedule. Extend the Knowledge Development session to complete the Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty while you’re with us and gain that certification too. You’ll also receive a barrier pack, including face mask and gloves. Attend one further day at the NHDC Classroom to complete the Emergency First Response Course before the PADI Rescue Diver Open Water course dates so you’ll have the complete skill set and confidence required to help any time, any where!


Executive Option

Our standard schedules are designed to offer flexibility, however, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules to a more bespoke timetable.

While we recommend you participate with a larger group, this executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of rescue diving.


Payment Plans

A single £100 deposit will allow us to issue the relevant course materials.

Further instalment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the day at the open water site. Talk to us about instalment payment options.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll issue your course materials, so you can get started straight away!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!