Stress and Rescue Specialty Diver Course

The best buddy you can have is one who can manage themselves, prevent emergencies and solve problems. Our SSI Stress and 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.

What You’ll Learn

During this course your instructor will cover the following

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During the classroom sessions, your instructor will collect the required paperwork (see prerequisites) discuss the exercises and scenarios you’ll be performing in the pool and open water, and provide various hints, tips, and suggestions on how to optimize your in-water experiences.


During the pool training sessions, you’ll practice a variety of rescue training exercises.  These are the same skills you’ll perform during the open water dives. You’ll practice a variety of techniques while developing your rescue skills and self-confidence.


There are three separate dives, performed on the same day at the open water site.  This is where you’ll have the opportunity to apply the exercises learned in the pool and participate in open water scenarios.

At the end of this program, participants will have successfully completed all academic and pool sessions as well as all open water training dives.

Stress and Rescue Diver


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  • Have a MySSI account.  Be sure to upload a digital photo to your account and enter a complete address. (You’ll need this in order to access your Diver Stress & Rescue training material.)
  • Show proof of being an SSI Referral diver, Open Water diver, or hold an equivalent certification from another recognized training agency.
    NOTE:  The SSI Referral Diver may enroll in this specialty and complete all academic and pool/confined water training sessions.  However, the open water training dives/scenarios must be conducted after completion of all in-water training for the Open Water Diver Course.
  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Have proof of current First Aid and CPR training within two (2) years prior to issuing a certification card. This can be completed before or after the Stress & Rescue Course.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order to process the SSI Stress and Rescue Diver Specialty Certification, participants need to show proof of certification in CPR/First Aid within the past 24 months.  Training must be hands-on training.  Online-only training will not be accepted. This can be done prior to starting the course or after the open water diving scenarios.  DAN DEMP (Dive Emergency Management Provider Course) is the perfect course to fulfill this requirement!

The A-1 instructor will collect the following (completed) documents at the beginning of the first session.  Unfortunately, participants will not be able to continue until the instructor has reviewed them for accuracy.

Please download, initial, date, and sign the student sections of the course documents (see links below)

  • The RSTC Diver Medical/Participant Questionnaire Form is extremely important.
    • If you answer YES to questions 3, 5, or 10 on page 1 of the Diver Medical form or to ANY of the questions on page 2, you will need to sign and date the Participant’s Signature on page 1 AND take all three pages of the Participant Questionnaire and Physician’s Evaluation Form to your physician for a medical evaluation. Your physician must approve, date, and sign the form to include an MD or DO with their signature.  We are not permitted to accept the signature of a PA or Nurse Practitioner. 
    • There are two questions related to COVID-19 – If you answer them with a YES, “A PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED.”  You must make sure the physician signing the form checks the “Approval” box on page three of the form and adds their medical credential MD or DO after their name. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • Unfortunately, we’ll not be able to begin the water session until all of the documents have been completed, collected, and reviewed for accuracy.

Inclusions, Exclusions, Required Items

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  • SSI digital materials (manual, videos) They are updated for life, at no additional fee!
  • SSI Digital Certification Card
  • Use of Tanks, Fills, and Weights
  • Learning Sessions In The Classroom & Pool Dives
  • 1-day at an open water location, completing the Open Water Dives and Scenarios
  • The use of Regulator, BCD, Gauges in the pool only

Not Included

  • Mask, snorkel, fins & booties (pool and open water)
  • Regulator, BCD, Gauges, Exposure Suit for open water dives (these items may be rented)
  • Safety equipment (see suggestions below)
  • Transportation, Meals & Lodging
  • Park and facility entry fees
  • CPR/First Aid training (DAN DEMP is highly recommended)

Additional Required Items

A part of being a qualified Stress and 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)
  • First Aid Kit (recommended but not required)
  • Compass
  • Blank slate

Transfer/Cancellation Policy

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  • The course includes the SSI online digital manual. Once you begin using the digital manual there is no refund.
  • Should you cancel or transfer FOR ANY REASON less than 48 hours before the starting date of the course, all fees will be forfeited.
  • Should you cancel or transfer less than seven days but more than 48 hours before the starting date of the class, there will be a $90 transfer/cancellation fee

Course Fee $265

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Digital Online Materials
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