Rescue Diver Course



The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop your knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues, and assist and administer necessary first aid. You will learn skills such as how to perform self and buddy rescues, recognise and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to dive-related injuries, conduct effective search patterns, and manage accident scenes.


This course is a perfect next step for certified scuba divers, including:

  • Those wishing to expand their dive knowledge and skillset,
  • Those who would like to advance their dive training,
  • Those interested in becoming a dive leader
What you can expect to learn:

The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer first aid.

You will cover:

  • Prevention and causes of diving accidents (including stress and physiological factors, equipment, surface drowning syndrome, and physical conditioning)
  • Diving lifesaving (including self rescue, diver first aid and assist, surface and water rescues, types of transports, in-water artificial respiration, boat and shore exit techniques, and oxygen administration)
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management (including information collection, and hyperbaric chamber access)
  • Accident Management (including access to emergency transport and assistance, accident reporting, liability and related legal considerations)

After the SDI Rescue Course, you can enrol in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program, or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.

This course also requires the O2 Administration and a First Aid certification


Contact New Zealand Diving about our Dive Course schedules.


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


While New Zealand Diving will provide all necessary diving equipment, you will need to bring sunscreen, swimwear, a towel, and a change of clothes to each session. 


Learn what is required to save an injured or unconscious diver. Never be without the skills needed to save somebody’s life.

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SDI Rescue Diver Course
  • 2 Days
  • $665


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