Advanced Rescue Diver


This is a certification course for certified scuba divers who desire to assume greater rescue capabilities during diving activities. The training emphasizes accident supervision and management with practical applications in open water. This course is designed specifically to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Help prevent diving accidents.
  • Recognize life-threatening diving situations.
  • Correctly initiate and/or supervise rescue/assist procedures.
  • Effectively perform in-water rescue/assist techniques and procedures.
  • Correctly manage rescue assistants during and after rescues.
  • Provide immediate, effective post-rescue aid.
  • Correctly manage a diving emergency with adjustments for local variants. Graduates are considered competent to perform assists and rescues in aquatic situations so long as the situation approximates one for which they have been trained.


  • Age. Minimum is 17 years by the water phase of the course.
  • Certification/Experience/Knowledge. Certification as a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or the equivalent is required. The instructor is to ensure adequate student knowledge and capability before any open water training and shall use skill or other evaluations to do so.
  • Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.