​​Southern Maryland Divers, llc 

Southern maryland's premier scuba shop

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You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.

Stop into the shop to get advice about everything you need for your diving adventures.

What will you learn?

How can you start learning now?

Who should take this course?

Course Dates: We schedule the PADI Rescue Diver class routinely during the warmer summer months. The course will require two evenings of pool sessions and a full weekend at the quarry. You can view our calendar to see upcoming dates or contact us to request a class be posted.


Course Location: Your pool sessions will be held at either the dive shop or the Edward T Hall Aquatic Center. On occasion, we also hold pool session at the quarry. The quarry work will be completed at Lake Phoenix during any of our regularly scheduled quarry weekends throughout the summer.


Course Fee: $295.00 - Course fee includes the PADI Rescue Diver manual and slate, instruction, tanks for pool work, and certification card upon successful completion of the course. Students are responsible for all other gear, tanks and fills for the quarry weekend, quarry entry fee's, travel and lodging. Rental gear is available on a first come first served basis. 


Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have 
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.

Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You progress through five knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

If you prefer, you can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package). Go to your local PADI Dive Center and Resort to enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your rescue exercises and scenarios.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers


You may be able to get
college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

PADI Rescue Diver course

Become confident and earn your next certification:

Sign up for 
Rescue Diver Online and start learning right away.
Enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course at Southern Maryland Divers.
Check out the 
PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
Browse the 
PADI Course Catalog.

the scuba gear you will use