Rescue Scuba Diver Course


Course Overview

This course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, such as assists, transports, surface rescues and rescues from depth. Graduates are considered competent to perform assists and rescues in open water provided the diving site and diving situations approximate those of the course.

Course Topics

In the Rescue Scuba Diver course, you will learn how to...

  • manage risks,
  • recognize life-threatening diving situations,
  • correctly initiate and/or supervise rescue procedures,
  • assist and transport divers,
  • effectively perform in-water rescue techniques, and
  • provide immediate, effective post-rescue aid


The NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver course is for certified divers who desire additional training for diving emergencies. Divers must be a minimum of 15 years of age, in good health, and must be previously certified as a NAUI Scuba Diver or the equivalent.    


There are required classroom sessions, confined water sessions, online home study sessions, and a final exam.  Participants must have their own personal dive equipment (fins, booties if using open heel fins, soft weights, mask, snorkel, wetsuit-optional). New Orleans Scuba will provide a BC, regulator, and tank for use during confined water sessions. 

CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course.  

Course Fees

The course fee is paid upon signing up for the course. Additional expenses include fees associated with the required dives for certification. 

What's Next

Continue your training and learning by enrolling in a NAUI Master Diver to develop additional expertise and comfort in the water.