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Rescue Dive Course 

With Quicksilver Dive’s 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Centre, and access to an amazing array of Great Barrier Reef dive sites and modern dive catamarans, you will have a highly professional, first-class training environment in which to continue your diver education.

Quicksilver Dive’s PADI Rescue Diver course incorporates eLearning, one day of heated pool and classroom training followed by two-day trips to the Agincourt ribbon reefs for six dives. PADI eLearning materials are provided and must be completed prior to joining the course.

The Rescue Diver course is a crucial step in diving education and is a transitional stage moving beyond recreational diving. You will become a more confident diver as you learn rescue and emergency techniques, and how to prevent and manage potential problems in the water. 

Through this course, you will come to appreciate and understand the importance of rescue training for general diver safety and incident management. The pre-requisites for this course are a PADI Advanced Open Water certificate or equivalent with another training agency and a current First Aid certificate* (valid within 24 months) with CPR (valid within 12 months)**.

*For student divers wishing to work on a dive boat in Queensland, you will be required to complete the Australian RTO first aid courses.  Quicksilver is happy to point you in the right direction.  

** If you are from interstate or overseas and don’t plan to work on a dive boat in Queensland, Quicksilver can provide the suitable Emergency First Response course in-house, as part of the Rescue course for $150.00 per person.

  • Return coach transfers from Port Douglas area accommodation
  • PADI eLearning material 
  • Heated pool - Day 1
  • All dive equipment and use of prescription masks
  • 6 dives (over 2 x Day trips - Day 2 and 3), includes training and fun dives
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch provided each day
  • The same Dive Instructor across all 3 days.
  • PADI Rescue Diver Certification materials

Day 1 - Quicksilver Dive Centre

Quiz, Emergency Action Plan preparations, pool sessions.

Day 2 and 3 - Outer Reef Day Trips

Rescue skills and scenarios, 6 dives.

Times will vary subject to sites visited.

From 7.30am
Check-in at Quicksilver Reservations Counter located inside the Port Douglas Marina for your boarding passes.
Vessel boarding
Meet your Dive Instructor, complimentary morning tea/breakfast served.
Depart Port Douglas marina for the Outer Barrier Reef.
Arrival - First reef location
Arrive at first reef location.
Divers gear up, Dive 1 of the Day
Second reef location
Vessel departs for second reef location.
Dive 2 of the Day
Buffet Lunch
Tropical hot and cold buffet lunch served in the air conditioned cabin.
Third reef location
Vessel departs for third reef location.
Dive 3 of the Day
Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea served
All passengers board vessel for final passenger count and departure for Port Douglas
Port Douglas
Vessel arrives at Port Douglas Marina
Coaches depart
Coaches depart for accommodation
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and chocolates etc.
  • Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches of Cairns.
  • The pre-requisites for this course are a PADI Advanced Open Water certificate or equivalent with another training agency and a current First Aid certificate (valid within 24 months) with CPR (valid within 12 months).  
  • Minimum age 12 years.
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Prior to commencing your dive course you are required to complete the self-assessment Student Diver Medical Declaration. A positive response to any questions indicates there is a pre-existing condition which may affect your safety while diving and you will need to obtain a dive medical certificate that states you are medically fit to dive.
  • If you do require a dive medical, it must be obtained prior to commencing the course and must not be more than 90 days old when you start with us.

Rates 2024/2025

PADI Rescue CertPrice per personChildAdult
PADI Rescue Cert
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Course Days and Start Times
  • Available on request

(minimum class sizes may apply)


Rescue Diver Certification
Total $1,095.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

All taxes are included in the total price.
EMC: A Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $8 per person per day applies to all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This fee is included in the fare price.
Surcharge: Due to potential significant volatility in supply and operational costs, a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.
This additional fee includes Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Rates are per person and in Australian Dollars

Credit card surcharge may apply

  • All monies forfeited if notified within 24 hours prior to departure