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PADI Rescue Diver Certification


The Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding a diver’s training and experience beyond a purely recreational level.  It is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, manage diving accident situations, and render proper first aid. The Rescue Diver Course offers a ciriculum that encourages divers to look beyond their own diving skills and focus on helping others. When questioned, most divers refer to this as their most rewarding class


- Students must be 18 years of age by the beginning of the course

- Advanced Open Water Certification

- EFR (Emergency First Aid) Certification or Equivalent 


The PADI Rescue Diver Course broadens a diver's awareness and improves their skills and confidence. It is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to prevent, and if necessary, manage dive emergencies. Most certified PADI Rescue Divers look back on their rescue training as one of the most challenging - sometimes demanding - and therefore most rewarding courses they've taken. The subject is serious but the training is fun.


The classroom curriculum covers a wide range of topics including, The Psychology of Rescue, Recognizing Diver Stress, Accident Management, Assisting Responsive and Unresponsive Divers at the Surface and Underwater, Equipment Problems, Oxygen Delivery Systems, Missing Diver Procedures, Responding to Diver Emergencies and Inwater Rescue Breathing.  In addition to classroom activities, you'll complete the inwater training portion of the course in the Cuyuna (Crosby) Mines just east of our Brainerd facility. Your instructor will have you complete ten rescue exercises in open water, and then you will participate in two Rescue Diver Scenarios in open water.



  • Students must be 18 years of age by the beginning of the course

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification

Course Fee: $195 + any rental needed 


Required Materials:

  • Rescue Diver Manual $39.95

  • Rescue Diver DVD $29.95

Class Hour Breakdown: 

  • Saturday: Meet at MSD - Brainerd at 9:00 AM

    • Classroom Session (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    • Rescue Training Exercises 1-10 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

  • Sunday: Meet at MSD - Brainerd at 10:00AM

    • ​Rescue Dive Scenarios 1 & 2  

How to Sign Up: Call MSD Brainerd to sign up for one of our class dates - schedule available online on our Schedule  page. The Rescue Manual & DVD need to be picked up (available in either location) no later than 2 weeks prior to class to ensure time to complete the corresponding sections and knowledge reviews. 

Other Things To Know: ​Proof of a First Aid & CPR Certification is required to process your Rescue Diver certification. If you are not certified, we offer PADI's EFR (Emergency First Response) course on the Friday night of the same weekend of scheduled Rescue Courses - cost is $50. 

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