Discover Scuba DIving

Cost $350

The Rescue Diver course is challenging, rewarding and fun.   You’ll build on the skills you’ve already learned and have an opportunity to improve self-rescue skills while also learning to safely assist other divers in distress.  This course will prepare you to prevent problems and in the unlikely event they occur, and manage dive emergencies.    The course includes one classroom session, two pool sessions and five open water sessions conducted over two days.  During these sessions you will cover:

  • self-rescue and diver stress
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • dive first aid
  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
  • emergency management and equipment
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water rescue breathing
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios


  • minimum 15 years old (12 years old for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
  • successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the last 24 months or
  • Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with the last 24 months

The PADI Rescue Diver Manual and DVD are provided for this course along with a pocket mask.


Equipment is not included with this course.  Rental equipment is available at Diver’s Lair.

Rescue Diver Pool Sessions at Valparaiso YMCA
1201 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso, IN

April Class
April 18 Classroom
April 19 Pool
April 26 Pool
April 28 Open Water
April 29 Open Water

June Class
June 13 Classroom
June 14 Pool
June 21 Pool
June 23 Open Water
June 24 Open Water

July Class
July 18 Classroom
July 19 Pool
July 26 Pool
July 28 Open Water
July 29 Open Water

August Class
August 8   Classroom
August 16 Pool
August 23 Pool
August 25 Open Water
August 26 Open Water

September Class
September 26   Classroom
September 27   Pool
October 4             Pool
October 6           Open Water
October 7           Open Water


next step

You’ll need your EFR certification to complete your Rescue Diver Certification.  If you aren’t EFR certified you’ll probably want to do that next
> Emergency First Response (Click her to Learn More)

If you have your EFR certification you may want to continue to develop your safety skills by taking on of our DAN Courses.
> DAN Courses

Or you might want to take a Specialty Course like Enriched Air Nitrox, Underwater Photography, or Wreck Diver.  You can find these diving courses and many others by checking out our Specialty Courses.
> Specialty Courses Click Here to Learn More

> PADI Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

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Contact Diver's Lair at 219-465-3483 or email us at for more information or to set up a time to try scuba diving with this unique experience.
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