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Stress & Rescue diver 

A diver rescue course is designed to equip divers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively respond to diving emergencies and assist fellow divers in distress. With both the PADi rescue course and the SSI Stress and rescue course the curriculum covers a range of topics related to diver rescue and emergency management. Here's an overview of what you can expect in both diver rescue courses:

  • Emergency Procedures:

    • Understanding emergency protocols and how to initiate an emergency response both underwater and at the surface.

    • Learning how to assess the scene of an accident and prioritize actions based on the severity of the situation.

  • Rescue Techniques:

    • Techniques for assisting panicked or distressed divers, including approaches for calming them and providing support.

    • Procedures for responding to unresponsive divers, including retrieval and initial assessment.

    • Methods for providing rescue breaths, CPR, and administering emergency oxygen.

  • Equipment Familiarization:

    • Familiarization with specialized rescue equipment, such as rescue floats, buoyancy devices, and oxygen delivery systems.

    • Understanding how to properly deploy and utilize emergency equipment during a rescue operation.

  • Communication and Coordination:

    • Effective communication strategies for coordinating rescue efforts with other divers, surface support personnel, and emergency services.

    • Practice scenarios involving team-based response to simulated diving emergencies.

  • Stress Management:

    • Techniques for managing stress and maintaining composure in high-pressure situations.

    • Recognizing signs of stress in oneself and others and implementing strategies to mitigate its impact on decision-making and performance.

  • Scenario-Based Training:

    • Participating in realistic rescue scenarios that simulate various diving emergencies, allowing divers to apply their skills and knowledge in a controlled environment.

    • Debriefing sessions following scenarios to review performance, identify areas for improvement, and reinforce learning.

Prerequisites for diver rescue courses include holding a certification in open water diving (or an equivalent qualification) and completing CPR and first aid training within a specified time frame (usually within the past two years). The specific prerequisites may vary depending on the certifying agency.


Diver rescue courses are crucial for enhancing diver safety and preparedness. By equipping divers with the skills and confidence to respond effectively to emergencies, these courses contribute to a safer diving community and help mitigate the risks associated with recreational and professional diving activities.


For PADI, acquire your eLearning material simply by purchasing it  directly from their website and you can get started right away.


On the other hand, SSI streamlines the process by including eLearning in the course fee. To get started, register online, and we'll grant you access to all the course materials you need.


Remember, regardless of which platform you choose, be sure to select Dive Antilles as your dive shop to ensure seamless tracking of your progress.

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