Strengthen your self-confidence & learn how to help others in need…


Within 3 to 4 days you will learn first aid & all techniques to help yourself & others!


At Crystal Dive you can choose from options to fit your experience & time frame


Become a Padi Rescue Diver – boost your self-confidence, help others in need & make the first step to be a Pro!

Most people who took this course will call it the most rewarding and “serious fun” courses in their dive career.

Within just a few days you will turn yourself from a self-focused diver to a knowledgeable and self-confident member of your dive team able to help yourself and others with ease.

The PADI Rescue Course includes the EFR (Emergency First Response) First Aid Course on Day 1. Within 3 to 4 days you will gain all techniques through theory, skill practice & scenario sessions to handle all possible emergencies you may experience in your life as a diver.

Self-Rescue is a big part in this course to be able to prevent problems in the first place.

PADI Rescue diver perform cpr in classroom on a manikin
PADI Rescue diver perform cpr in classroom on a manikin
PADI Rescue diver train how to give rescue breath on the surface

Within 3 to 4 days (including your EFR Course) you will take theory & pool sessions and put the new learned skills into practice on Open Water Dives & “real-life”-scenarios.

The PADI Rescue Diver is just … “Serious Fun!”

Are you “rescue ready”?

In as little as 3 to 4 days you will gain 2 certifications, being trained in First Aid as well as becoming a PADI RESCUE DIVER.

PADI Rescue divers train first aid on dive boat

Depending on your personal schedule (and maybe, if you already have valid first aid training) we will adjust the program for you and move elements of your personal course to accommodate for your holiday plans, but in general, these are the parts of your training:


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EFR (Emergency First Response) Course

The EFR – Emergency First Response Course is a general CPR & First Aid training to introduce you into techniques used to provide help to others in need in daily life.

The course consists of two parts: the first part being Primary care (life-threatening emergencies) and the second part Secondary Care (non-life-threatening issues, in case emergency services are delayed).

After the necessary paperwork & introductions you will receive your own paper manual and watch a video for each of the course parts. There is a Knowledge Review for each of those, which you can easily fill with the information you get from the video. After a review with your Instructor there will be a short exam (no pass rate).

The second half of the day will be the practice of 10 primary and 4 secondary skills. These include Barrier Use, Primary Assessments, CPR, Airway Control and Rescue Breathing. Secondary skills consist of Injury and Illness Assessments as well as Bandaging and Splinting.
To finish of the practical session your Instructor will have you solve some scenarios and put the learned into practice.
The EFR course can be done in one day. If you already have a First Aid Certification from a recognized agency within the past 24 months, then you don’t need to take this course and you can start straight away with your PADI Rescue Diver Course.

Rescue: Theory & Pool-Session

The Rescue Diver Course is spread over 2 to 3 days and consists of Theory, a Pool-Session, and two days of “serious fun” on the dive boat.

We start with an introduction and the required paperwork. Next we get going with the classroom work. The theory consists of 5 chapters, each of which has a short video and a related Knowledge Review for you to fill in Self-Study.
These chapters will introduce you to the Psychology of Rescue, Equipment considerations to be rescue ready as well as techniques used to search for and deal with a missing diver. There is a 50 question multiple choice exam at the end, which has a pass rate of 75 %.
Another task that is waiting for is to create an Emergency Action Plan for a local dive site.

We usually spread the theory over 2 to 3 days and mix it up with the practical elements …

Time to practice in the swimming pool!

We will introduce you to some of the new skills in one of our purpose-built dive pools. Here you have the chance to practice in an easy environment with good conditions to follow the demonstrations of your instructor.

Skills we practice include:
– Self-Rescue Skills Review
– Distressed divers Underwater
– Tired / Panicked divers on the surface
– Surfacing an unresponsive diver
– Unresponsive diver on the Surface
– Exiting an unresponsive diver

Rescue: Skill Practice & Scenarios (Dives)

Once you have done most of your theory and practiced some skills in the pool already, it is time to get “Rescue ready” on the boat.

Spread over two days, you will go on the boat which will bring you to some of our shallower reef sites around Koh Tao.

The first day on the boat you will mainly spend your time repeating and perfecting the skills you learned already in the pool before. There will be some skills, where you will need to adjust your techniques for being on a boat, for example, exiting using a ladder.

We will introduce you to skills that you haven’t practiced in the pool yet to learn all necessary techniques. Those skills include:

– Reacting from a boat to an responsive diver on the surface
– Nonswimming assists (throwing, extending…)
– Respond to an unresponsive diver on the surface from a boat
– Effective Searches for a missing diver using search patterns.

The second day on the boat you will get plenty of time to hone skills you want to work on and then it is time to put everything together in our Final Scenarios. You will act as part of team and use your resources and Emergency Action Plan to fix anything that may “happen”  in this afternoon as a Rescue Diver … – Serious Fun!

After this, you are a fully qualified PADI Rescue Diver and with a well-earned drink in the bar you can plan your next adventures.

PADI Rescue diver practice underwater at Koh Tao


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How it works …

To give you an idea of what your course will look like,
here’s an example schedule:

Day 1


Day 1 - Full Day

EFR Video & Knowledge Reviews

– Lunch –

Primary & Secondary Skill Practice
Scenario Practice

Day 2


Day 2 - Full Day

Video & Knowledge Reviews

– Lunch –

Pool Session for Padi Rescue Diver skills

Day 3


Day 3 - Full Day

Land practice & O2 Introduction

– Lunch –

Rescue Dives 1 & 2 (Skill Practice)

Day 4


Day 4 - Half Day/Full Day

PADI Rescue Diver Exam

- Lunch -

Rescue Dives 3 & 4 (Practice & Scenarios)

Please note: If you have completed a CPR-/First Aid Course within the past 24 months, you may not need to take the first day of this course. Contact us to tell you more about this option or a modified schedule to suit your needs.

The padi rescue diver COURSE PREREQUISITES:

To become a padi rescue diver, you will have to fulfil these requirements:

Minimum Age

The minimum age to enrol for the PADI Rescue Diver Course is 12 years. Please note, that 12-15 year old divers will receive the PADI Junior Rescue Diver certification and will have to be accompanied by an adult diver until reaching the age of 15 years.

Minimum Certification Level
To become a PADI Rescue Diver you will have to hold a minimum certification as PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver (or similar certification of another training organisation) with completed Navigation Adventure Dive.
Medical Statement

You need to be medically fit for diving. You will find the Medical Statement for Scuba Diving here to download. If in doubt, please check with your physician or ask us before booking your dive experience with us.


To comply with our dive insurance requirements, you will need to have proof (logbook etc.) of a dive within the last 6 months otherwise you will need to take part in our Crystal Dive Scuba Review before taking part in the course to receive our insurance cover.

PADI Rescue Diver course efr training on land
PADI Rescue Diver course efr training on the boat
PADI Rescue Diver course divers getting ready to jump in to the water
PADI Rescue Diver course cpr on the boat

Special offer!!

Book online before the 31st July for any 2023 date and receive free accommodation
For ALL PADI diver level certification COURSES!

PADI Rescue Diver – What’s included?

Our PADI rescue diver course package includes:

  • EFR (Emergency First Response) Course (if chosen the inclusive option)
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course (max. 4 students per Instructor)
  • Personal set of scuba equipment throughout your stay
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Personal PADI E-Book & PADI Certification
  • Crystal Dive Logbook & T-Shirt
  • Multilingual personal Instructor
  • Boat trips & refreshments for your dives
  • Dive Insurance for your dives with us (30 days)
  • SHA+ Recognition (Read more about the valid Covid-Rules)
  • Discounted Accommodation option throughout your course (3/4 nights)
  • 10 % Discount on additional diver level courses & dive equipment purchases with us
PADI Rescue Diver course students practice on surface
PADI Rescue Diver course surface traning
PADI Rescue Diver course bringing non responsive diver to the boat

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Become a PADI Rescue Diver at Crystal Dive, Koh Tao, Thailand.

The PADI Rescue Diver Course is considered one of the most rewarding courses in the PADI-System of continuing courses and is “Serious Fun”.

You will practice self-rescue skills and learn, how to help others in need, boosting your self-confidence along the way.

… Get Rescue ready!


PADI RESCUE DIVER & EFR: This version includes the EFR (Emergency First Response) Course. You will receive 2 certifications.

PADI RESCUE DIVER ONLY: You should choose this option if you already hold a valid (within 24 months before course start) CPR/First Aid certification.


PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI RESCUE DIVER & EFR: This version includes the EFR (Emergency First Response) Course. You will receive 2 certifications.

PADI RESCUE DIVER ONLY: You should choose this option if you already hold a valid (within 24 months before course start) CPR/First Aid certification.