Open Water Course
Why train with us?
Low student to instructor ratios : 3 or 4 students per instructor both in the pool and ocean
Our retail store is located downtown.
Diving courses available all year-round. Private courses available.
We teach children 10 years and older.
Passionate team of Instructors and Divemasters who love to teach.
Equipment Rental :
Diving Sports includes all the basic gear included in our Drysuit and Wetsuit rental packages. Mask, snorkel, compass, dive computer, and DSMB are not included in the course.
Transport can be provided from our shop to the dive site. We have our shop van (limited to a 2 passenger maximum capacity). Available passenger places in the shop van will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.
BUDDY SPECIAL :
Having a buddy, someone to train or dive with is not required as divers will always be ‘buddied’ up if alone but there are discounts available for more than one student signing up. The discount is applied by ‘adding a buddy’ at the bottom of the sign up process.
Who is this course for?
You’re out for a pleasure dive and mid way through the dive you come across some unexpected current. You look back and your buddy is now breathing hard and fast and is looking around and you notice their eyes are wide open with building panic. Do you know what to do?
The Rescue Diver course is built for those who want to take their diving to the next level by learning how to assist others while diving. You have mastered your own skills so now it’s time to start assisting others. For many divers this is the next step towards becoming a Divemaster and working professionally, for some they are working towards a Master Scuba Diver rating and need Rescue alongside their five specialties. For others they simply want to be a better and more aware dive buddy for others to be able to rely on.
What You Will Learn
In the Rescue Diver course we will review self rescue scenarios to assess your ability to solve your own problems. Once we establish you have good control over your own skills we will mainly focus on 10 different rescue scenarios from assisting a panicked diver at the surface to finding an unresponsive diver underwater. You will have eLearning material to go through and an exam to write before the course date. Then we will have 2 evenings in the pool, followed by 2 full days in the ocean over a weekend. You will finish with the tools to quickly make decisions in a stressful situation and help another diver in need.
You will receive an eLearning code for your PADI Rescue diver theory and exam. We will review as part of the class
You will have 2 pool evenings (Tuesday and Thursday) to review knowledge development and learn the skills in the pool in a wetsuit.
You will have 2 days of diving in the ocean over one weekend. Saturday and Sunday are both required to complete all the Rescue Scenarios for certification.
If you do not have an Emergency First Response training certification, you will do one more evening class to complete your training before your Rescue certification.
All rescue students are required to come into the shop to fill out paperwork and get fitted for any rental equipment they will be needing prior to the first night in the pool.
Commitment to Safety Enjoyment
At Diving Sports we believe in making sure all our students are receiving the highest quality instruction and customer service. Our instructors are open and honest about what your needs are during each part of the course. This means it is normal for some students to be asked to return for extra training (pool or ocean) prior to certification. The Rescue Diver course is a very important course because you are starting to step into a leadership role and assuming responsibility for other divers you may encounter and we want to make sure you are proud when you complete this certification.