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Rescue Diver Training - Pro Dive Cairns

Prodive rescue diver training

Join Pro Dive Cairns on your PADI Rescue diver course during our 3-day dive adventure and visit up to four easterly Outer Great Barrier Reef locations, taking in sites selected for their extravagance of marine life, and excellent visibility. This course is a crucial step in your diving education (min 12 years old). It is a transitional stage where the diver moves beyond recreational diving.

By expanding their knowledge of the "science" aspects of diving and rescue/emergency techniques, the diver is now equipped to appreciate and understand the importance of training relevant to diver safety and incident management. Pre-requisite for this course is a PADI Advanced Open water certificate or equivalent rating with another training agency.

The course consists of 1 day of pool and classroom training followed by a 3 day/2night "live aboard" trip where you will get up to 11 dives on various outer reefs. These dives consist of a combination of training and recreational dives.


  • Day 1: In The Pool
    • Morning 8:00 - 12:00 Session will cover the four theory areas of self rescue and diver stress, diving first aid and equipment, emergency management, and diving equipment.
    • Afternoon 1:00 - 17:00 Sunday afternoon pool session is used to introduce students to some of the basic skills they will need to progress though the rescue course. The emphasis of this session is to allow students to develop their rescue skills and techniques in a controlled environment before conducting rescue scenarios in the ocean with wind, waves and currents.
    • Evening 18:15 - 20:30 "Reef Teach" marine biology lecture (optional).

  • Sleeping turtlesDays 2-4: On The Reef During the 3 day 2 night trip there are 11 dives scheduled. A minimum of three dives are dedicated to specific rescue diver skill development. The remaining dives will be non training pleasure dives. Outside of your non-training dives you can expect spontaneous real life rescue scenarios, to further develop your rescue skills. These scenarios will range from panicked divers on the surface, missing diver searches and in water resuscitation of unconscious divers. Rescue Divers will be briefed on Emergency procedures for man overboard, radio operations, oxygen use, life raft and distress flare operations as well as the operation of rescue boats and diver recall.

Dive Sites

  • Milln Reef - perfect introduction to the outer reef, relaxed and varied, sleeping turtles
  • Flynn Reef - excellent visibility, a photographic haven
  • Gordons - intriguing coral mazes which end at "Clown Fish City"
  • Coral Gardens - magnificent coral enlivened by a myriad of marine life
  • Pellowe Reef - exclusive pristine dive destination (weather permitting)
  • Thetford Reef - outlying bommies with swim throughs (weather permitting)
  • Weather permitting, we never dive the same dive site more than twice.

Course Commences

  • ScubaproEnglish course commences Friday


  • PADI Rescue Diver manual
  • Passport photos
  • Accommodation transfers city and Northern Beaches
  • 11 Dives (weather permitting)
  • 2 nights accommodation on board vessel
  • All meals whilst on board
  • Bed linen (no towels provided)
  • Dive Insurance
  • All dive equipment including dive computer & wetsuit
  • Prescription masks if needed
  • Torch batteries and cyalume sticks for night diving
Clam lips Requirements
  • PADI Advanced Certification or equivalent
  • A current First Aid Certificate is required. This can be arranged by Pro Dive Cairns if needed.
  • Minimum age is 15 years, with no maximum age, however any participant that holds a PADI Junior Advanced certification may be eligible.
  • A dive medical may be required. Some medical conditions may preclude you from diving. Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and pregnancy are the most common ones encountered.


Description (Price per person)2021/2022*
Rescue Diver Course$1,190.00
Extra Charge**$60.00
Total price$1,250.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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