intermediate difficulty


20,000 PHP

The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency.

You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes.


Critter republic dive center
Sierra resort, Dauin, Philippines
(+63) 9959123460

Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification.

Provide proof of Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. To avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. (all students over the age of 45 will need the doctors sign-off, on the attached form). 

If you are booking a last minute course, we can also have our own doctor come to the dive center for your check (1500 PHP fee)

About this course

Most of our students say that this course is the favorite one they have done! This course is not easy, but in the end gave them the self-confidence and skills to make them feel like they are now distinguished and accomplished divers.

For some, the Rescue Diver certification is just a stepping stone on their way to becoming Divemaster and beyond, but for most people this course is all they need to gain those underwater skills

You will cover all of the following and more!

  • Prevention and causes of diving accidents
    • Stress and psychological factors
    • Physical conditioning
    • Equipment
    • Surface drowning syndrome
  • Diving lifesaving
    • Self rescue
    • Diver assists
    • Surface and underwater rescues
    • Types of transports
    • In-water artificial respiration
    • Boat and shore exit techniques
    • Diver first aid
    • Review of oxygen administration
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management
    • Information collection
    • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
  • Accident Management
    • Access to emergency transport/assistance
    • Accident reporting
    • Liability and related legal considerations

Some of the in-water skills include:

  • On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Tiredness
    • Leg cramp
    • Early panic symptoms
  • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
  • Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
  • Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water

What to expect on a typical day of training

The rescue course takes 2 to 3 days at least, and is a combination of a little bit of classroom theory, and a lot of water time practicing skills. 

A typical day might look like this:

9:00-12:00: dive theory, in-water training
12:00-1:00: lunch
1:00-5:00: dive theory, in-water training
Aways remember in your planning that you are not allowed to fly for a minimum 18 hours from your last dive. It is recommended to have 1 day to rest before flying back.
rescue diver certification

Package this course with more for discounts!