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  • SDI Rescue Diver

SDI Rescue Diver

The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes. $247.05 is for tuition only. Materials are additional.

After you complete the SDI Rescue Diver Course you will be eligible to enroll in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program, or start heading towards the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course! 

Ready to become a certified rescue scuba diver? To register for the SDI Rescue Diver Course contact us at 909-476-8183.

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SDI Rescue Diver Course Requirements

  • This course is open to any certified Advanced divers (or Open Water divers with 40 logged open water dives) aged 18 years or older (15 years old with parental consent).
  • Must provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider certification (where local law permits). * Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX 1st AED courses may be combined with the rescue program by qualified instructors.
  • Must be able to demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution.
  • Must be able to complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently.
  • Must be able to satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.

What can you expect to Learn and Gain?

  • Learn to conduct rescues for divers in distress.
  • Become qualified to enroll in:
    • The SDI Master Diver program
    • The SDI Divemaster course
  • You will cover all of the following and more:
    • Prevention and causes of diving accidents
    • Stress and psychological factors
    • Physical conditioning
    • Equipment
    • Surface drowning syndrome
  • Diving lifesaving
    • Self rescue
    • Diver assists
    • Surface and underwater rescues
    • Types of transports
    • In-water artificial respiration
    • Boat and shore exit techniques
    • Diver first aid
    • Review of oxygen administration
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management
    • Information collection
    • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
  • Accident Management
    • Access to emergency transport/assistance
    • Accident reporting
    • Liability and related legal considerations

Some of the in-water skills include:

On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:

  • Breathing difficulties
    • Tiredness
    • Leg cramp
    • Early panic symptoms
  • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet.
  • Upon surfacing, transport an unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing.
  • Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove a diver from the water.

You can learn more about the SDI Rescue Diver Course by visiting or you can get started on your certification by contacting us at 909-476-8183.

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