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The rescue diver scuba course in Kona is possibly the most challenging scuba class you will take as a scuba diver. It can also be the most rewarding. In this course, you will learn how to mentally and physically deal with dive-related and everyday emergencies. It is a physically intensive course requiring the diver to lift and drag divers from the surf and onto a boat. In addition to handling emergencies learn how to avoid them by making good choices. Avoid mishaps before they occur by learning how to evaluate readiness and conditions.


  • Self-rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers


  • 8-12 Hours E-learning
  • 2-3 Days Entire Course (EFR must be completed prior to coursework!)


  • E-learning INCLUDED in cost!
  • Includes boat dives
  • 2 or more divers: $899 each
  • Single diver Private Course: $1395

Rescue Diver Course requirements?

  • Completed Diver Medical Form
  • Advanced Open Water Certification and current EFR certification or equivalent, which can be combined into the class.
  • Minimum age is 18 years old
  • EFR must be completed PRIOR to the start of the class
  • Completed PADI eLearning
  • Personal Equipment (mask, snorkel, fins)
  • Dive Equipment (available for rent)
  • Dive slate
  • Pocket Mask
  • Audible surface signaling device
  • Surface Marker Buoy
  • Minimum of 2 people per class

To Schedule This rescue diver course course please call (808)324-4668 or e-mail [email protected]

Why Take the PADI Rescue Diver Course?

One of the most valuable skills learned in this course is when to know if it’s time to call a dive. It’s difficult to get into trouble if you don’t get in the water! Other skills learned are first aid CPR and underwater as well as surface and shore rescues. You will also learn how to use safety tools effectively.

Another reason to take this rescue diver course in Kona is to advance in your scuba career towards Divemaster (become a dive professional) or Master Diver. Kona Honu Divers prides itself in offering the highest level of education in Kona, Hawaii. Our highly trained and experienced dive professionals have spent years working with divers. Our goal is for you jot become a safe, confident, and competent scuba diver. Our small instructor/student ratio means you will get the attention you deserve throughout the class.

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes. If you are flexible with timing we can give you a locals rate with proof of ID.

There is no dive requirement to take the rescue diver course. You only have to have the advanced open water certification.

You can get certified in as little as 2 days.

It is physically demanding because you will be pulling other divers in and out of the water. This requires a great deal of strength especially if your classmates are heavy.

Yes and no. The certification never expires but you should get refreshed or re-activated based on how long it’s been since your last dive. See this article for details.

Since Rescue Diver is about safety your depth limit is determined by the last course you took before it. If you took the Kona advanced scuba certification course you can go 100 feet or 30 meters. If you took the PADI deep diver specialty course you can dive down to 40 m or 130 feet (the recreational limit).

Only if you’re certified as a commercial diver which is a whole training program for professionals.

The next available certification is the master scuba diver certification. This is achieved by taking a number of specialty courses until the rating is achieved.

It is third after Open Water and Advanced Open Water scuba certification courses.