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Rescue Diver Course

Are you ready to take your diving skills to another level? With the PADI Rescue Diver course, you will become a diver capable of identifying problems on the surface and underwater and reacting appropriately to protect the lives of your fellow adventurers and your own.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is one of the most rewarding courses you will take as a recreational diver. It is also one of the most physically demanding, but it is worth the effort. A new important and interesting theory awaits you, and some exciting and challenging emergency scenario practices on land and water. Aren´t you looking forward to getting started? We do! We love the Rescue course!

Nowadays, diving is a very safe activity, but even taking all possible precautions and following strict safety procedures, we must be aware that diving always carries a certain risk. With the PADI Rescue Diver course, you will learn to prevent these problems and to be alert to solve them by reacting quickly and appropriately. A rescue diver becomes a valuable member of the diving team, as he not only dives safely but also provides extra security to the group.

All divers can have a problem underwater, from the newest to the instructor with more than 10,000 dives. That is why we know how important the rescue course is, and we believe that absolutely every diver should do it. It is a super rewarding course that marks a before and after in your life as a diver.

To take the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must have previously taken the Emergency First Responder Course (EFR) in the last 24 months. If you need to do this course, don’t worry, we can do it at the dive center and integrate it into your rescue course for 4,500 THB.

A different way lo learn scuba diving

We believe in a personalized way of teaching. Diving is our passion, and we put all our love and energies into teaching you to dive in the best possible way. Unhurried, at your own pace, taking as much time as needed to make you become a great diver. To make this possible, our groups are small, generally between 2 and 4 students per instructor, so that you can receive the attention you deserve. Always placing extra emphasis on conservation, respect for the environment, and safety in diving.

All this with a relaxed and professional atmosphere. Come and meet us, we have the best atmosphere to get any PADI scuba diving license in Koh Lanta. You will love it!


  • Previous qualification: Be a certified PADI Advanced Open Water diver and have completed the EFR course. If you do not have the ERF, we can integrate this course into the Rescue course program.
  • Minimum age: 12 years. ** 12 years-old children and older must have the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification, and also have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive.
  • Medical form: You must complete a medical form and be fit for diving.

PADI Rescue Diver course structure

PADI Rescue course is divided into 3 blocks:

Diving theory: In this section, we will read the course manual and reinforce the knowledge with a video and a knowledge review test at the end of each unit. In the end, you will take a short final exam.

Confined waters – Rescue sessions: Either on our jetty or in a pool, we will practice a series of rescue techniques that we will have to put into practice the next day in open water. Rescue sessions are fun and demanding at the same time. It will be a great day!

Open Waters: Once you have learned the rescue techniques, you will have to put them to the test and show that you are ready to be a Rescue Diver. We will prepare emergency scenarios throughout the diving day, and you will have to be very attentive to identify and solve any situation. A day that you will always remember!

Check the PADI website for further information about the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

Included in the Rescue Course price:

The price of the PADI Rescue Diver Course includes all the PADI materials and the dives necessary to complete this course, transportation services from your accommodation to and from the dives, breakfast, lunch, and all food and drinks served on the boat, rental of the complete diving equipment, and the services of a PADI professional.

Not Included in the price:

The price of the EFR course is not included in the price of this course. EFR is essential to take the PADI Rescue Diver course, and that we can include it in the training package for a price of 4,500 THB.

There is a fee of 600 Baht per person per day that the Thai government charges for diving within the National Parks. This supplement has to be paid to dive at any of the dive sites on Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi and is not reflected in the prices of the dive day or the courses, as it is a rate totally unrelated to the dive center. Hidden Depths Diving is a mere intermediary that is facilitating and organizing the collection of money and delivering it daily to the authorities of the corresponding marine park.

Cost: 14.000 THB

Book your dives online

Book your dives online at least one week in advance and get a 10% discount!

Medical requirements for scuba diving

It is mandatory to pass a simple medical questionnaire before taking any PADI diving course. It is a simple questionnaire on different pathologies in which it is supposed that you answer “no” to all the questions to be eligible and start the diving course.

In case you answer “yes” to any of the questions, it does not mean at all that you are not suitable to dive, it simply means that you need to consult a qualified doctor and that he/she certifies in writing that you are suitable for diving.

You can bring this certificate with you, or we can do it in Koh Lanta for an approximate price of 600 Baht. If you want, we can help you manage the reservation with the doctor, and it will not take you more than 10 minutes to have your certificate.

If you want to go ahead, or want to take a look at the medical form, here are the links to the PADI medical form in the main languages:  English SpanishFrenchGermanItalianChinese (simplified).  

Once you finish the Rescue course

When you will get your PADI Rescue Diver certification, you will be at another level as a diver. Safer, more forward-thinking, and much more aware of the world of diving and its dangers. Your dive buddies will feel much more at ease knowing that there is a Rescue diver in the group.

Your next challenge

Upon completion of the PADI Rescue Diver course, two paths will open before you; One is the recreational diving path, being able to opt for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certificate, which is the highest level that can be reached as a recreational diver. The other path that opens before you is that of professional diving, since now you can choose to take the first step in your career as a professional diver and start the famous PADI Divemaster course.

A different dive experience

In Hidden Depths Diving we firmly believe that an eco-responsible diving model is possible. We strive every day to offer you a different, familiar, environmentally friendly, safe, and fun diving experience. Where you will feel part of a great family of divers who, in addition to enjoying diving, we fight so that future generations can enjoy the same wonders that we dive today.