PADI Rescue Diver Course


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, staying on board our liveaboard vessel OceanQuest.

The exact dive schedule during your liveaboard 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.


4 or 5 Days

Course Outline:

2 days pool & theory, then 2 or 3 days on a Great Barrier Reef liveaboard


  • 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 and accommodation on board OceanQuest
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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4 Day Course (1 Night on OceanQuest)

Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

5 Day Course (2 Nights on OceanQuest)

Twin Cabin
Double Cabin

​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.


Day One

Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation. 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: Drop off at Cairns city accommodation

Day Two

Pool & Theory

9am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation

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

Day Three

Great Barrier Reef

7.30am: Pick up from Cairns city accommodation and check in at the dive centre.

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

12pm: Enjoy a buffet lunch served on board.

12.30pm: Start your rescue training in the water

2.30pm: Transfer onto our overnight vessel OceanQuest and settle in for a night on the reef.

6pm: Dinner is served.

6.30pm: Gear up for a night dive.

8pm: Dessert

10.30pm: Bar closes

Day Four

Great Barrier Reef

7.30am: Breakfast is served

8.30am: Finish your in-water training in the morning, then enjoy lunch.

After that, you’ll transfer back to our vessel SeaQuest and head back to Cairns if you’ve booked the four-day option.

If you’re staying for another night, you’ll have the chance for another dive in the afternoon before you enjoy dinner and another night dive.

Day Five (5 day course only)

Great Barrier Reef

Your morning is packed with two fun dives, but you’ll also get time for a delicious breakfast and lunch.

At 2.30pm you’ll transfer back to our vessel SeaQuest and head back to Cairns and your city accommodation.

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



  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photo purchases
  • Digital camera hire
  • Quality souvenirs
  • Northern beaches transfers $25pp

What to bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Overnight bag with changes of clothing, including warm clothing and socks for overnight wear
  • Toiletries
  • Cert card and logbook
  • Reef and Port Authority charges ($20 per person per day)

Bedding and bath towels are supplied on board. Excess baggage can be stored at our Draper Street office at check in.

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 12pm (midday).