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


Two ways to learn. Online study or in class teaching


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


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


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

Short on time? Beach instead of Classroom?

Rescue Diver Online Deluxe option:

Get access to the enhanced version of your materials, which you can study at home in advance.

Whether you are working, at school, or have other commitments, our Rescue Diver Online option gives you maximum flexibility.

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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Theory: eLearning or in-class options

You have the choice when booking your courses and choose between classroom and online version for the theoretical part. Whether you are short on time, want to get straight in the water when you arrive, or just prefer your self-study to be done at the beach rather than in a classroom, then you should pick the PADI EFR & Rescue Diver Online Option.

In the PADI EFR & PADI Rescue Diver Online version videos & reviews are integrated making it easier to stop and start and learning at your own pace.
Taking this option will allow you to deduct between 1- 1.5 days of classroom time whilst being here on holiday and as well give you access to the FULL version (incl. Videos) of the PADI eLearning materials.

If you choose to take the theory onsite instead you will watch a Video for the 2 sections of the EFR Course as well as another one for the 5 Chapters of the Rescue Diver Course. There are Knowledge Reviews for each of these, which you can easily fill with the information you get from the video.

EFR (Emergency First Response) Course

The EFR – Emergency First Response Course is a general CPR & First Aid training to introduce you to 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 is Secondary Care (non-life-threatening issues, in case emergency services are delayed).

If you have completed the Online theory you will go straight into action and practice 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 what you have learnt into practice.

The EFR course can be done in either half a day (online theory) or full day (theory in class). 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 Diver Course

The Rescue Diver Course is spread over 2 to 3 days depending on your choice of theory (online vs. in-class) and consists of theory, a pool session, and two afternoons of “serious fun” on the dive boat.

We start with an introduction and the required paperwork. If choosing the in-class theory option you will spend 2 half days in our classroom to learn the theoretical background of the Rescue Diver Course.

If you have completed the theory online beforehand, you will get straight to practicing in the swimming pool!

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

Skills practiced 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

Once you have practiced in the pool it is time to get “Rescue ready” on the boat.

Spread over two days, you will go on the boat which will take 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. These 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 …

The following is just an example schedule, depending on course chosen:

Day 1 (optional)

EFR & Rescue Diver Theory 

Day 1 - Full Day

EFR Video & Knowledge Reviews

– Lunch –

Rescue Diver Video & Knowledge Reviews

Day 2


Day 2

EFR Primary & Secondary Skill Practice
Scenario Practice

– Lunch –

Pool Session for PADI Rescue Diver skills

Day 3


Day 3 - Full Day

Emergency Plan
Land practice & O2 Introduction

– Lunch –

Rescue Dives 1 & 2 (Skill Practice)

Day 4


Day 4 - Half Day/Full Day

PADI Rescue Diver Exam (or eLearning)

- 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 be able to skip the EFR course. Contact us to tell you more about this option or a modified schedule if taking eLearning 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

PADI Rescue Diver – What’s included?

Our PADI rescue diver course package includes:

  • EFR (Emergency First Response) Course (if chosen)
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • Personal set of scuba equipment
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Personal PADI E-Manuals (FULL eLearning with Online Deluxe option!)
  • 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)
  • 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

DISCOUNTED Accommodation

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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.

Both versions are available as ONLINE Deluxe Versions - you will get access to the FULL PADI reference materials including videos & you can save time in a classroom completing your courses.


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.

Both versions are available as ONLINE Deluxe Versions - you will get access to the FULL PADI reference materials including videos & you can save time in a classroom completing your courses.