Rescue Diver Courses

Rescue and Ultimate Rescue Diver Courses

We have TWO great options from which to choose!

Option 1 – the standard Rescue Diver Course

The best buddy you can have is one who can manage them self, prevent emergencies and solve problems. The Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding your diving knowledge and experience. You’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the well-being of other divers. Rescue training is serious, challenging and promises to build your confidence.

Knowledge Development (classroom) & Confined Water (pool) Exercises and Open Water Exercises and Scenarios

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Prior to the knowledge development (classroom) sessions, confined water pool dives and open water dives, you' ll need to complete the independent study using either PADI eLearning or PADI Home-Study materials

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There are two scheduled knowledge development (classroom) sessions.  During these sessions your instructor will collect and review the required paperwork, discuss the exercises and scenarios you’ll be performing in the pool/open water and provide various hints, tips and suggestions on how to optimize your in-water experiences.


During the two confined water training sessions, you’ll practice the 10 rescue training exercises you’ll perform in the open water. These exercises will allow you to practice a variety of techniques, while developing your rescue skills and self confidence.


You’ll be diving on two separate days in the open water.  This is where you’ll have the opportunity to apply the 10 exercises learned in the pool and participate in open water scenarios.

Course Dates

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Course Completion Requirements

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  • Be 12 years or older
  • Be a PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver (must have completed Underwater Navigation), PADI Advanced Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another recognized training organization)
  • Proof of CPR and Secondary Care Training within 24 months

PLEASE NOTE:  In order to be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver you'll need to show proof of certification in CPR/First Aid within the past 24 months.  This can be done prior to starting the course or after the open water diving scenarios.  Our DAN DEMP (Dive Emergency Management Provider) is the perfect course to fulfill this requirement!



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A part of being a qualified Rescue Diver is having the proper safety equipment. Beyond the standard scuba equipment, you'll need the following safety items:

  • Signaling device (surface and underwater)
  • Pocket mask
  • First aid kit
  • Compass
  • Blank slate

Course Fee – $195 (Local, Blue Hole & Crater)

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 Course Includes:

  • Tanks & Fills
  • Weights
  • PADI Certification Card & Digital Photo
  • Knowledge Development & Pool Sessions
  • Open Water Instruction

Not Included:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins & booties (These may be rented)
  • Regulator, BCD, Gauges, Exposure Suit (These may be rented)
  • Specialty items (previously mentioned)
  • Transportation, Meals & Lodging
  • Local park and facility entry fees
  • PADI Rescue Diver materials
  • CPR/First Aid training


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Click to see the upcoming class schedule and reserve your spot now or call (303) 789-2450!

Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your deposit.

Option 2 – A-1’s Ultimate Rescue Diver

The Ultimate Rescue Diver is THE person who has the knowledge and skills necessary to handle and control just about any aspect of a diving related emergency.

Upon completion of the program you will be trained and certified in the following courses:

  • Rescue Diver
  • DAN DEMP (Dive Emergency Management Provider)
  • Three Distinctive Specialties (Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment and Hazardous Marine Life Injuries)

The Knowledge Development (classroom) , Confined Water Exercises and Open Water Scenarios – Same as in Option 1

Course Completion Requirements – Same as in Option 1

Equipment – Same as Rescue Diver Course NOTE:  A pocket mask will given to you in the DAN DEMP course

Course Fee – $440 (local, Blue Hole and Crater)

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  • Rescue Diver Course (Knowledge Development, Pool Exercises and Open Water Instruction)
  • Rescue Diver Certification Card and Digital Photo
  • DAN DEMP Courses
  • Non-Rebreather Mask
  • Pocket Mask
  • Three PADI Distinctive Specialties (Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment and Hazardous Marine Life Injuries)
  • Use of Tanks and Weights
  • Challenges, excitement and tons of FUN!

Not Included

  • Rescue Diver Education Materials
  • Necessary Safety Equipment
  • Compass
  • Blank Slate
  • Snorkeling and Scuba Equipment (most items can be rented)
  • Transportation, Meals & Lodging
  • Park and Facility Entry Fees


WAIT ……. There’s More!

Many of those who complete our Ultimate Rescue program often aspire to become a Master Scuba Diver………….our highest non-instructor rating!

To receive this coveted rating one must be a Rescue Diver, current (within 24 months) in CPR/First Aid and have completed FIVE Specialties.  By taking the Ultimate Rescue Diver Course you will have completed all but two of the necessary specialty diver certifications.

To help you attain this distinguished rating: Take any two additional non-diving or diving specialties and receive $20 off each course!

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Not Included

  • Training materials
  • Snorkeling/Scuba Equipment or necessary specialty equipment
  • Park and Facility Entry Fees and Lodging




How to Sign Up

Because the Ultimate Rescue Diver involves multiple programs, you’ll need to call or stop by A-1 Scuba & Travel Aquatics Center to enroll and take advantage of the package pricing. Please call 303-789-2450.

Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your fees.