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Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Diver Course on Malapascua

Learn the skills and build the confidence to assist other divers

Most divers say this is the most enjoyable course of them all on Malapascua. Now that you are an Advanced Open Water Diver, and are more confident in the water, you can direct your awareness towards the wellbeing of others. You will build on your observation skills and learn rescue and first aid skills. Your confidence in the water will increase tremendously as you learn to care for yourself and help other divers.

During this course you will encounter realistic rescue scenarios, and you will learn how to effectively manage these situations. You will become competent in the most important rescue skill of all: anticipation and prevention of problems.

You will find out that there is no one way to solve a problem, and you will learn how to decide and act on the best solution in any situation.

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Build your confidence

Doing the rescue on malapascua

TSD is a great place to do your Rescue Diver course.  We believe it is one of the most important courses you will ever do, and so make sure we are very thorough during the course. For instance, we will repeat exercises for as long as you feel you need and ensure that when you complete the course you will feel competent in your skills.  

The Rescue Diver Course takes minimum 2 days, but we usually spend longer, depending on your schedule.  

As a bonus, given the shark dive is so early, you can even fit in a sneaky thresher dive each morning before your course starts!


EFR | PADI's CPR and First Aid Course

You must have a current CPR and first aid certification prior to starting the Rescue Diver course (completed within the last two years).

PADI’s Emergency First Response course is highly recommended and is available through Thresher Shark Divers. If you have completed a CPR course elsewhere in the last two years, please bring the card and preferably email it to us in advance for checking equivalency.

More info on our EFR courses can be found HERE.

First Aid Training Malapascua Island

Course Overview

Rescue Diver Course on Malapascua

The Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Topics include:

You can more info on the PADI website on the course.

The course includes the PADI Rescue Diver Manual, equipment rental if needed, as well as Instructor, boat and certification fees. You will also watch the Rescue Diver videos and take a final exam. There are two options to do the academics online in advance with PADI’s Rescue Diver e-learning program.


  • 12 years old *
  • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver certification

  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
 (EFR Training may be completed along with rescue diver course)

* Note: 12-14 year old divers earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications which automatically upgrades when age 15. 

You need to be in a normal good health. You can check out the PADI Dive Medical Form. Your last dive should not be more than 12 months ago, if this is the case, we will assist you with a 1/2 day Refresher Course to familiarize yourself again with the equipment, a theory recap and confined water skills.

Your confidence will be back in no time and you will have much more fun and no stress!

Your Instructors

Malapascua Island

Our PADI diving instructors have been though a rigorous training program and each has many years of teaching experience with hundreds of students.

We take great pride in teaching students of any level. Diving lessons are almost always one-on-one, and there will usually be an assistant as well. So you will get individual attention and diving instruction will go at your own pace.
You can be assured that with us, you will have only the best: top quality service, unrivalled professionalism and a safe and most of all fun diving vacation from start to finish!

Oxygen Provider

very popular course to take with Rescue as there is some crossover and you can get a discounted price. It is an entry-level emergency oxygen course that also teaches you how to recognize dive illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. 

Though suited for divers, it is a non diving course also available to non-divers. EFR certification is not needed to participate in this course.
You will learn how to:

  • Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen
  • Properly setup equipment
  • Administer emergency oxygen

In order to be the best prepared buddy a diver have, you should also consider EFR, Rescue and Master Scuba Diver.

Find out more from  about the PADI Oxygen Provider Course.

PADI Oxygen Provider Course on Malapascua Island

If you enjoy this course and want to learn more, why not consider becoming a Divemaster?