Rescue Diver

Beginning diver courses generally limit emergency skill training to self-rescue and tired diver assists.


Beginning students lack sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to truly master complex rescue skills.

There is simply not enough time in most beginning scuba courses to cover all the rescue and emergency management skills that every diver should have.

The NASE Rescue Diver course comes at a place in the learning continuum (between Advanced and Divemaster) when students have sufficient knowledge and experience to truly master comprehensive rescue skills.

It covers:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress.
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems.
  • Dive first aid.
  • Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques.
  • Emergency management and equipment.
  • Panicked diver response.
  • Underwater problems.
  • Missing diver procedures.
  • Surfacing the unconscious diver.
  • In-water rescue breathing protocols.
  • Egress (exits).
  • First aid procedures for pressure related accidents.
  • Dive accident scenarios.
  • The Rescue Diver course is also a key step in obtaining the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating.


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Who Can Learn

This course has three prerequisites:

  • Possess a minimum of an Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent).
  • Complete Emergency First Response (or equivalent First Aid/CPR) before participating in the open-water portion of the Rescue Diver course.
  • Be able to answer “No” to all questions on the NASE Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course.

What is involved in learning to dive?

This course consists of self-study, classroom discussions and in-water dives and training exercises. It typically takes 3 days.

Where Do I Learn

We conduct the classroom and pool portions of the course here at Diver’s Den. For open water we use our private, local training site, located ten minutes from the store or the fresh water springs of North Florida.

When Can I Learn?

Rescue Diver courses take place monthly.

The schedule is:

  • Wednesday evening, classroom (6:00-10:00 pm).
  • Saturday morning, pool (10:00 am).
  • Saturday afternoon, open water.
  • Sunday, all day, open water.
  • Contact Diver’s Den for dates.


The course fee is $249 and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Self-study materials.
  • Certification card processing.
  • Students are responsible for supplying:
  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • All air or gas fills.
  • Dive site admission fees.
  • Transportation to and from dive sites.
  • Accommodations and meals, as needed.

What Equipment Will You Need?

  • Students are responsible for supplying the following:
  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder per dive, per day.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
  • Regulator/alternate air source.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Audible surface signal.
  • Surface signal (safety tube).
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive tables and slate.
  • A Pocket Mask for in-water resuscitation required.

Rental gear is always available for rent from the shop, at a reasonable price.