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


Rescue Course

Become a better diver with the Rescue Course. The Diver Stress & Rescue 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, how to prevent accidents and be taught 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 emergency and rescue situations.

The course involves independent 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 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.

React Right / Emergency First Response

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

During The React Right or Emergency First Response Course (different name for pretty much the same thing) 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 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 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
  • In case you have not dived in a while (and you are short in time) we can also interchange the pool and open water lessons to get your hair wet and review some of the theoretical lessons on the boat before getting more serious in confined water.

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.

Our courses are conducted in accordance with PADI and SSI standards. If not mentioned otherwise, you are booking an SSI course. Should you prefer PADI, it is absolutely no problem. Just leave us a note when placing the order. You will also find the difference between PADI and SSI in general and with regards to the Rescue Course in the FAQ’s.

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.

You will also find the full (onsite) price list, the cancellation policy and our terms and conditions in the download section.

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
  • Theory and Learning materials
  • All boat rides
  • A DIVINE Logbook
  • Certification
  • Diving Insurance during your course
  • Lots of (serious) fun!

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 needs to be from a recognized organization and needs to cover certain aspects of first aid and cpr practises. If you are not sure (ask us) or you know that you don’t have an up-to-date certificate, you can complete the React Right or Emergency First Response Course (EFR) before starting your Rescue training.
  • Even though it would be possible to enrol into the course with an Open Water Certification, we recommend some sort of advanced training as a prerequisite. In the best case this is an Advanced Open Water or Advanced Adventurer Certification (mandatory for PADI) but you should have done at least some deep dive training to know about the specifics of depth affecting divers.
  • Like with all dive courses, you should of course be healthy and be able to complete a medical questionnaire
  • Be 12 years or older

Secure your prebooking discount

Please make sure you book the course one day before your arrival. We know it is tempting to just learn about the prebooking discount and then quickly book online but if everyone does that, we will at one stage have to adapt our prices to meet that behaviour.

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.

To secure your prebooking discount you can either pay for your course or dive experience in full in advance (online) or you pay for it upon arrival. Please book it through our online system through.

We can however only send you the login details for the eLearning packages once you have paid in advance since it also involves costs for us. 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 get all your money back minus the arising expenses. Those we will however push through to you as much at cost price as possible. You will not be empty handed through because you are still in procession of the dive theory.

If you’d like to know more, please check our cancellation policy and terms and condition. 

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 waterrescue breathing.

In the 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 Diver Stress and 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 the React Right or Emergency First Responder Course with us on Gili Meno. The course takes one full day and it 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 Stress and Rescue Course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to prevent and manage dive emergencies (should they occur). 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 for the course and you would like to already start with your Rescue Diver Course, we can help you to get access to the theory online. With SSI you simply download the app, create an account and register with our dive center. Once this is done, we will send you the theory package and you can already do all theory including all knowledge reviews and most exams in the app.

PADI does not include the eLearning automatically into the package. Should you be interested in PADI eLearning it is best to get in touch with us beforehand.

How long will my certification last?

The stress and rescue certification is valid your entire life! It makes sense though to update your first aid and cpr skills on a regular base. Should you wish to proceed further to dive master level, the EFR or React Right 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 check out the attached medical form. If you answer any of the questions with “yes”, then you need to see a doctor to get a fit for diving certificate. There are also doctors on the Gilis 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 one course with the one and other courses with another agency.

The main difference is in the theoretical education, requirements and costs (in case you are planning to opt for an elearning option). 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.

SSI allows more flexibility in teaching methods and allows a more personalized approach in teaching. Therefor we have chosen SSI as our primary teaching agency. Should you prefer a PADI course, just let us know in the booking – this is also absolutely no problem.

The Diver Stress & Rescue Course with SSI is counted as a speciality but is of course recognised the same way as the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Same goes for the SSI React Right Course which is called EFR by PADI. It is a fairly similar course with the name differentiator being the name.

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 ?.