PADI Rescue Diver Course

Overview

Add to your dive qualifications with a PADI Rescue Diver certification through our five-star PADI Dive Centre in Cairns, gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

As a PADI Rescue Diver you’ll learn to prevent and manage incidents, sharpen your observation skills and help others avoid problems, becoming a safer, more confident diver.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is divided into three sections: Knowledge development, Skill development and Practical application. All three sections will be completed under the professional supervision and guidance of your Divers Den PADI Instructor.

Once you’ve developed your Rescue Diver knowledge at our training centre, you’ll be expertly guided through the practical scenarios out in the open water of the Great Barrier Reef.

Choose from two day trips on board our luxury vessel AquaQuest, or a two-day two-night experience on our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.

The exact dive schedule during your experience will vary depending on instructor availability.

If you don’t have a valid First Aid/CPR certificate, you can begin the PADI-endorsed Emergency First Response course on your first day with us.

Availability:

Courses start every Thursday

Duration:

4 days

Course Outline:

2 days pool & theory, then either 2 day trips or a 2 day/2 night liveaboard

Included:

  • All required PADI materials
  • All dive and snorkel equipment, including air fills, and full tuition
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee
  • Two outer reef locations per day
  • Meals while at sea

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Rescue Diver Course: 2 Day Trips

$825
4 Day Course with 2 Day Trips

Rescue Course: 2 Day/2 Night Liveaboard

Cairns locals save 20%! Use promo code LOCAL at checkout. Local ID required on check-in.
$1,000
Twin Cabin - double occupancy per person
$1,040
Double Cabin - double occupancy per person
$1,240
Twin Cabin - sole use
$1,290
Double Cabin - sole use

​Includes all equipment and tuition. Prices valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Taxes/Levies are per person, per day (subject to change without notice). Fee includes: Environmental Management Charge (EMC) $7.00. Fuel, Port, and Administration Charges $13.00. Locals discount does not apply to optional extras.

Itinerary

Rescue Diver Course: 2 Day Trips

Thursday

9am: Complete paperwork and familiarisation at our Dive Training Centre. You’ll spend your first day on classroom learning, with theory sessions in the afternoon. If you don’t have a current first aid certificate, you’ll also complete your Emergency First Response qualification in the morning.

5pm: Course finishes for the day

Friday

9am: Finish your theory in the morning and sit your final exam, then begin training in the pool. Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch, or there are plenty of places to eat near by.

In the afternoon, fine-tune your rescue skills in the pool.

5pm: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

Saturday

8.30am: Board our vessel AquaQuest for your 90 minute cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, then complete your first fun dive.

12pm: Enjoy a lunch served on board.

12.30pm: Start your rescue training in the water

4.30pm: Return to Cairns

Sunday

8.30am: Board our vessel AquaQuest and finish your in-water training. Congratulations, you’re now a certified Rescue diver!

4.30pm: Return to Cairns

Rescue Diver Course: 2 Day/2 Night Liveaboard

Thursday

9am: Complete paperwork and familiarisation at our Dive Training Centre. You’ll spend your first day on classroom learning, with theory sessions in the afternoon. If you don’t have a current first aid certificate, you’ll also complete your Emergency First Response qualification in the morning.

5pm: Course finishes for the day

Friday

Remember to bring your overnight bag today!

9am: Finish your theory in the morning and sit your final exam, then begin training in the pool. Lunch is not included, but you can bring a packed lunch, or there are plenty of places to eat near by.

In the afternoon, fine-tune your rescue skills in the pool.

5pm: Shower and change, then transfer to OceanQuest.

6pm: Boarding commences at Trinity Wharf. After boarding you will be allocated your cabin.

7pm: Dinner service starts

8pm: Trip briefing and meet the crew. A complimentary drink will be offered.

10pm: Bar closes

2am (approx): Vessel departs for a slow cruise to the outer reef.

Saturday

8am: Prepare for the day with a full cooked breakfast.

8.45am: Dive 1 briefing

9am: Dive 1

10.45am: Dive 2 briefing

11am: Dive 2

1pm: Time for lunch! Then take a rest, log your dives and catch up with your fellow student divers while the vessel moves to a new location.

2.45pm: Dive 3 briefing

3pm: Dive 3

6.30pm: Dinner is served

7.30pm: Enjoy our popular Sharks in the Dark experience

10pm: Bar closes

Sunday

We’ll move to a new location early in the morning – rise and shine, and enjoy the sunrise over the reef.

8.30am: Full cooked breakfast service begins

9.15am: Dive 4 briefing

9.30am: Dive 4 – you’re now a certified Rescue Diver!

11.15am: Dive 5 briefing

11.30am: Dive 5 is a fun dive – explore the treasures of the reef

1pm: Lunch is served

1.30pm: Vessel begins cruising back to Cairns

4-4.30pm: Approximate arrival in Cairns. On arrival we’ll offer a complimentary luggage and dive gear drop off to your hotel or our dive centre.

Additional info

Prerequisites and forms

  • Minimum age 12 (12-14 year olds receive Junior PADI Rescue Diver certification, 15 and above receive adult Rescue Diver certification)
  • Completed Self Assessed Medical Declaration
  • Must have complete PADI Advanced course & suitable first aid training

 

Extras

  • First aid / EFR certificate (HLT Workplace First Aid recommended, or EFR course can be inducted at additional cost)
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Cert card and logbook
  • Please supply your own personal CPR pocket mask for COVID safety

 

Medical and altitude information

All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive by 12.30pm on our overnight trips, and 2pm on our day trips.