PADI Rescue Diver Course

Scuba courses
Rescue Diver Course


Course cost 

  • This course costs R3850
  • COUPLES SPECIAL: Sign up as a couple and get a R500 discount off the total for this course. T's and C's apply.

Included in the cost

  • A PADI rescue crewpack, including your PADI rescue manual and pocket mask
  • Instruction and tuition
  • All dives required for this course
  • Gear rental
  • PADI certification fee
  • Pick-up and drop off from your hotel in the central Cape Town area

Optional add-ons

  • Add on the EFR (Emergency 1st Response) course for only R1150 (normal retail R1300)
  • Add on the PADI oxygen providers course  to enhance your rescue course for only R800 (normal retail is R1200)


To take part in this course, you need:

  • To be a certified advanced diver
  • To have at least 20 dives logged
  • To have a current 1st aid certificate
    Divers who do not have a current 1st aid certificate are advised to do the EFR (Emergency 1st Response) course, which is underwritten by PADI. To see what this course is about and to sign up for it, click here.
  • To be reasonably healthy


Often cited by divers as the scuba course that they have enjoyed the most, the PADI Rescue Diver Course is a pivotal step in any divers’ education. This is where you learn to look beyond yourself and focus on problem prevention and problem management in diving scenarios. This course is also a step into becoming a more independent diver.

For many scuba divers having a buddy with them that has done the rescue diver course is very important.  Although scuba diving is statistically a safe activity, it is always encouraging to know that in the event of an emergency, there is someone in your dive party that has the necessary rescue skills.

This course is demanding and its context is serious, but you can be sure to be in for a lot of fun.

Quick overview of the PADI Rescue Diver Scuba Course in Cape Town

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • 1 Day theory and pool session
  • 1 Day doing  theory and ocean session
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and a snack.



It takes place over a period of 2 days, which can be split up or be done consecutively. We meet at Into the Blue Scuba Dive Centre at 9:15 in the morning and here we do registration and theory. Classes should finish by around 16:00 on each day.

Course Theory

The theory consists out of the following:

  • A DVD that is to be watched. We normally watch this in our classroom, but if you are pressed for time, arrange with us and we will lend you the DVD to watch at home before the course starts.
  • A theory handbook which has homework that needs to be done in.
  • An exam is written about the handbook.
  • The theory can be done via e-learning. To sign up for e-learning, please click here.

Course Practical

The practical has 2 distinct phases:

Phase 1: In this phase we teach you the different rescue techniques and skills in the swimming pool.

Phase 2: In this phase you get to apply and practise these skills to perfection in the ocean.

Course Itinerary

Day 1: Theory and pool sessions.

We start off by watching the PADI Rescue Diver DVD. This DVD explains the techniques that are used in various rescue scenarios in depth. After we have finished with the DVD, we head to our on-site pool, where a PADI Instructor teaches you all the different rescue techniques. The rest of the day is spent practising and refining your skills.

Day 2: Theory and ocean sessions.

We start off in the morning by doing a review of your theory. From here we head to the ocean, where a PADI Instructor will teach you how to apply and use your rescue skills in the open water.


  1. Why would I want to do a Rescue Course?

    As a Recue diver, you will be better equipped to recognise stress symptoms in a fellow diver or buddy, which can help you to prevent problems. It is also gives one some peace of mind to know that ones buddy is a Rescue diver, as this means that your buddy will be able to look after you better if something does happen to you.
  2. What should I bring with for my course?

    You should bring the following with when you come for your diving course:
    • A towel
    • A swimsuit
    • Sun screen
    • A snack to eat
    • Your PADI theory materials
  3. Which pool would we use for the training?

    We would use our on-site pool here in Sea Point.
  4. What course is next?

    Master Scuba Diver! This is the highest non-professional rating in diving. To find out more about this course, click here.