Rescue Course

IDR 6.400.000

Most scuba divers describe the Rescue Course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in and under the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others (and yourself) if needed.

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3 to 4 days – 6 skill development sessions including 4 open water dives – serious fun

Overview Rescue Course

Rescue Course

Become a better diver with the Rescue Course on Gili Meno. The Rescue Diver Course will teach you skills and techniques you need to protect yourself and other divers.

Diver stress is a major cause of diving accidents, but it can easily be prevented and resolved.  During the course, you will learn how to identify stress and how to prevent accidents. We will also teach you practical techniques to conduct rescues and provide emergency care. With a combination of pool and open water practice sessions, you will become well prepared and confident at handling different emergency and rescue situations.

The course involves independent e-learning, face-to-face classroom training, two pool sessions and four open water dives from the boat to learn and practice the open water training exercises.

Even though the underwater exploration is not the main aim of the course, we will simulate “normal” dives where we will have a chance to look at the beautiful underwater world of the Gili Islands.

The Rescue Diver Course is not only fun and rewarding, you will also earn the Rescue Diver Certification which is the prerequisite for all further training and professional courses such as the Divemaster Course.

Emergency First Response

To be able to react correctly, you have to be an emergency first responder with a valid certificate. This certificate must not older than two years. We can arrange your EFR (emergency first responder training) as part of the Rescue Course but also as a stand-alone course.

During the Emergency First Response Course you will learn how to manage emergencies and treat injuries as a first responder. This in-depth emergency first response course includes primary assessment, first aid, CPR and primary stabilization techniques.

You can also learn about oxygen administration emergencies and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) basics.

Using a combination of academic sessions and practical training scenarios, this program will give you the tools and confidence you need for emergency first response. By the time you are certified, you will be able to act as an emergency first responder, provide first aid and CPR, administer oxygen and provide AED support in a medical emergency.

The EFR course is a “dry” course and takes approximately one day.

Schedule Rescue Course

The course schedule is flexible and we can fully adapt to your holiday schedule. In general, expect the 3 days of your course to look like the following schedule. In case you will also have to do CPR and First Aid Training as well, we will start with that on the first day (from 09:00 to 16:00) and the course duration will be extended to the grand total of 4 days. 

Day 1  (08:30 – 16:30)

  • Yay! Exciting theory awaits you followed by some quality time in the training pool to practice your first rescue skills.
  • We will use the afternoon for some open water training

Day 2 (08:30 – 16:30)

  • More theory and more pool work
  • Another open water dive to practice some deep-water skills

Day 3 (08:00 – 16:30)

  • Today we will join the boat twice and we invite you to spot the (many) mistakes our instructors might be making
  • We will also work on different search patterns and the perfection of the comprehensive and complex rescue scenarios
  • Cold beer/wine/soda awaits after the successful completion of your course

Details (for those who like to know more)

Would you like dive deeper into the rescue diver course and learn about the different scenarios you will face, then please check our FAQ’s.

Important to know: We conduct all our courses in line with PADI standards.

If you’d like to complete the theory before your arrival online, let us know as well, we will be glad to help you with registering and receiving the theory package.

Continue the Adventure

The Rescue Course is a great step in your dive career. You are pretty close to the Divemaster Course, which is the first professional diver rating. Alternatively you could aim for a Master Diver Rating for which you will have to conclude a few more specialties.

Our courses are all-inclusive and you will encounter no hidden costs during your diving journey.

  • Maximum 4 students per course
  • Multilingual instructors
  • A special training pool
  • Full Equipment
  • 6 knowledge development sessions in the pool and open water
  • Theory and Learning materials
  • All boat rides
  • Certification
  • Diving Insurance during your course
  • Lots of (serious) fun!

Please note, the waters around the Gili Islands have been declared a Marine Park. Therefore a one time Marine Park fee of 100.000 IDR has to be paid by all diving and snorkel tour participants. This fee is NOT included in our prices and has to be paid in cash at our dive center on Gili Meno.

To enrol into the course please check the following:

  • You need to have a current first aid certificate not older that two years that covers both Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid). The certificate has to come from a recognized organization and needs to cover certain aspects of first aid and cpr practises. If you are not sure, ask us. 🙂 You can also complete Emergency First Response Course (EFR) before starting your Rescue training with us on Gili Meno.
  • You need to be an Advanced Open Water Diver (PADI) or hold an equivalent certification
  • Like with all dive courses, you should of course be healthy and be able to complete a Medical-Statement
  • Be 12 years or older

Secure your prebooking discount

If booked in advance with a 50% deposit paid the Rescue Course comes to a price of 6.080.000 IDR. If you would like to take advantage of this pre-booking discount please contact us directly per email. Please note, the deposit needs to arrive on our bank account before you arrive on the island, otherwise it is not a pre-booking discount. LOL

Plans change. We know that too. Our cancellation policy is flexible and we are trying our best to meet your holiday schedule and potential interruptions of it. If you book a course in advance but you are then unable to do it because you get sick, we will reimburse you of course minus the transaction costs.

We can only send you the login details for the eLearning packages once you have paid the full course or a deposit in advance. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that you can’t start the course as planned, you will get of course more time to make it to the island and if even that isn’t going to happen, you will still have the theory and can use that at another dive center at a later stage in your life (within one year).

What will I learn during the Rescue Course?

The rescue diver program is divided into theory, confined water (pool) and open water training sessions.

The theory is both covered by independent learning as well as classroom sessions. You will learn about Diver Stress and how to address it, the psychology of rescue, accident management and assisting divers (responsive and unresponsive) both on the surface and underwater. We will cover typical equipment problems, oxygen delivery system, missing diver procedures and responding to diver emergencies including in-water rescue breathing.

In the swimming pool you will learn and practice the different rescue techniques and scenarios until you master them. We will also use the confined waters to break more complex exercises into shorter sequences and practice those.

The ocean dives serve the purpose of both having some deeper water to further practise some of the skills. But they are also simulating real (dive) life. Your instructor will put different rescue scenarios into place to which you will have to react.

The different scenarios and skills studied during the Rescue Course circle around following topics:

  • First aid for diving related injuries such as pressure injuries or decompression sickness
  • First aid for injuries caused by the marine environment and marine life (stings, bites, etc)
  • Emergency procedures
  • Rescue equipment consideration and usage
  • Stress and distress recognition
  • Self-rescue
  • Rescue entries, approaches and rescue exits
  • Assist and transport of patients
  • Missing, unconscious and submerged diver rescue
  • In-water artificial respiration
  • Accident recording and reporting

I am not an Emergency First Responder. Is that a problem?

A current EFR certificate not older that 24 months is a prerequisite for the Rescue Diver Course. If yours is out of date or you have never completed first aid and cpr training, you can simply do a Emergency First Responder Course with us on Gili Meno. The course takes one day and it is focusses on building confidence and increases willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency.

In some more detail, you will learn how to…

  • Evaluate the scene of an accident
  • Secure yourself and people around an accident scene
  • Prioritize action and how to make a rescue plan
  • Collaborate and delegate tasks following an emergency plan
  • Avoid additional accidents
  • Collect all necessary information and how to call emergencies
  • Use all basic medical techniques that can safe someones life
  • React fast but not stressed or in a hurry

Should I become a rescue diver even if I don’t plan to do a divemaster course?

The  Rescue Course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to prevent and manage dive emergencies. So it isn’t just a course for future professionals but a course for everyone who’d like to broaden awareness and improve skill and confidence.

Can I do the theory online before I arrive on the island?

Yes! Once you have paid a deposit (or the full course) and you would like to already start with your Rescue Diver Course, we can help you to get access to the theory online. Please send us your email address, name and date of birth. Once we have registered you on the PADI system, you will receive an email with which you can create an account. After that please download the PADI app and start your studies. The e-learning includes all knowledge reviews as well as the exam.

How long will my certification last?

The rescue certification is valid your entire life! It makes sense to update your first aid and cpr skills on a regular base. Should you wish to proceed further to dive master level, the EFR  certificate must not be older than 24 months. In general, it is recommended to enroll into a refresher course after not diving for more than a year or simply continue your dive training with a specialty. Surely, there are worse things in life.. ?

What if I have health issues?

There are some serious conditions such as epilepsy, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease or haemophilia that could prohibit any diving activity. Please refer to attached medical questionnaire to check if you are not sure:  Diver-Medical-Questionnaire

If you answer any of the questions with “yes” on page number 1, then please check the related box on page number 2. If you have to put another yes there, then you need to see a doctor to get a fit for diving certificate. There are also doctors on the Gili Islands that can examine you and issue this certificate, so don’t worry if you didn’t check the medical form beforehand.

What’s the difference between PADI and SSI?        

You are already a diver, so surely you’ve come across PADI and SSI, the two major training agencies in the world. But is there a big difference or is one better than the other?

Instructors of both agencies will teach you how to be a skilled diver, as there is a certain skill set that every diver needs to have. Therefore, all diving agencies follow a legal framework laid down by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. The training agencies also accept each other; hence you could do an Open Water Course with the one and an Advanced Course with the other agency.

The main difference is in the theoretical education, requirements and certification costs. And of course, much comes down to personal preferences and other factors such as the teaching skills of your instructor and the conditions of the water.

We have decided to offer PADI courses even though most of our instructors can teach both PADI and SSI.

What different diver levels are there?

PADI and SSI differentiate slightly in between the different diver levels. You can mix and match the courses depending on what you are aiming at.

Level 1 Open Water Diver Open Water Diver
Level 2 Specialty Diver – 12 Dives and 2 Specialities OR Advanced Adventurer (optional) Advanced Open Water Diver
Level 3 Advanced Open Water Diver – 24 Dives AND  4 Specialities Rescue Diver
Level 4 Master Diver – 4 Specialities + Rescue Course AND 50 dives Master Scuba Diver – 5 specialities AND 50 dives

Why should I do a diving course on the Gili Islands?

Postcard-like white sandy beaches, azure and year-round warm waters (28 to 29 degrees), the reef on your doorstep and a great lifestyle – does this sound like paradise to you? But that’s not all – the Gilis are also known as the turtle capital in the world. Rightfully so, because both green and hawksbill turtles are abundant. Reef sharks are also frequently spotted and there is a broad range of marine life to be met on all dives. The dive sites are rarely more than a 15-minute boat ride away and diving is great all year round. The dry season is running from May to October and the rainy season from November to April. Rainy season sounds more extreme than it actually is because it hardly ever rains an entire day – expect showers at different severity but therefore less people.

Why should I choose Divine Divers?

We love what we do and we do it well! We have been in the game for over 10 years as Divine Divers on Gili Meno. Generally, our main differentiator is our personal approach – and of course our location at the most perfect sunset point on the island. What better way is there to end the perfect diving day where the sky meets the ocean.

Apart from that our groups are small and our instructors hand chosen for their personality and excellent teaching records. We have great and up to date training facilities and safety is our primary concern; our equipment is in excellent order and of course regularly maintained. We are committed to offering first-class service and high-quality dive courses. We are offering both PADI and SSI courses and we are collaborating with instructor development centers for both agencies in case you fall in love with diving and the island and would like to just stay and live here. You would not be the first one ?.